The Magic Of Christmas Stockings
Christmas for me is ALL about the magic of Christmas Stockings. When I was a little girl I remember waking up on Christmas morning and hoping I could feel something heavy in the Christmas Stocking resting on my feet. The sign that Father Christmas had been and that it was morning. The number of times I woke up far too early and had to be told to go back to sleep because it wasn’t yet morning, sorry Mum!
Because opening our stockings in my parents bed on Christmas morning was such a magical part of Christmas, the family all together opening small gifts in bed, excited and happy is a memory that will stay with me forever it’s the main thing about Christmas that I wanted to replicate with my children. I place huge emphasis on this part of Christmas with C and LissyLou, I hope to make memories with them and that they in turn will share this tradition with their children. It’s quite strange really that this wasn’t a big part of my husbands childhood, I don’t think he really ‘got’ it until the children came along. Now he is as excited as I am about the magic of Christmas Stockings. Those stockings stuffed with tiny gifts, a satsuma and the obligatory small chocolate treat makes waking up so exciting!
Christmas Eve is all about reading a Christmas story, we have to have “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, and our newest Christmas favourite, “Aliens Love Panta Claus” – if you haven’t read that one you really must, I will be decorating our tree with underpants on Christmas night this year in homage to one of our favourite Christmas stories, I’ll make sure to get some photos of that. Then leaving out special snacks for Father Christmas and carrying out stockings up to our beds, ready for Father Christmas to come.
The sound of the children waking up on Christmas morning, their excited little voices as they realise that Father Christmas has been and the thought of what he might have brought is so lovely. It’s magical to see how these little gifts mean so much to them, we definitely put a lot of love into those little presents. To me, the pure joy of Christmas is found in this special time, just the four of us snuggled up together, giggling and excited. I’m so excited about Christmas this year, at 5 and 3 I hope it will be the best one yet!
This post is my entry into the Transun Lapland competition, you can learn more here, I’m hoping I win a trip to Lapland so we can meet the Big Man himself!