A tradition for our family is to open our stockings on Christmas Eve. This has worked out very well for our family, even as our kids have married, because we are usually together for lunch on Christmas Eve, celebrating Tim's birthday!
We often include a movie, some years we've gone to see a movie, other years we've watched the Nativity Story and that's how we've transitioned to the Christmas celebration from the birthday celebration.
For many years, my mom and I were the only ones buying for everyones stockings and financially it adds up! The last several years some of our marrieds have been adding 'stuff' to the stockings and I love it!
I do a variety of things from little packets of tissues and a new toothbrush to small playdoh (for kids), candy, clementines, sample size lotions or facemasks, hot wheels. A real variety of things to stuff those stockings!
We have 17 stockings hung, with our local married kids having their stockings here because this is where we 'do' stockings.
A tradition that I started for the grands is to buy their Christmas stocking. I get them a Pottery Barn kids stocking. I fell in love with them when my younger kids needed stockings and I've continued to buy them with every new grand!
We have trains, dogs, ballerinas, fairies, kitties, snowmen. Some of the style change from year to year.
The one I bought for Von this year is not showing on the website so it must have sold out.
Do you hang Christmas stockings? Do you have traditions around your stockings?