pragmatic

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I want to know who set the bar so high when it comes to Christmas stockings. Hrumph. Back in the day, I entered into the joy of stocking creativity, carefully appliqueing each name on his/her stocking—a stocking big enough to hold a carrot and a lump of coal. What was I thinking?

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When the number of my children doubled overnight, I shopped at the local outlet linen store for matching king-size pillow cases, installed drawstrings in the hems, and drew names on the sides with color pens. Now those were stockings of size and substance!

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And boy could we pack ’em full!

As our family grew in number, our surplus pillowcases eventually ran out.

Enter the “green” age.

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Twenty-five ready-made stockings cost exactly $24.75 and the time it took me at Bi-Mart to count to 25.

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Of course they needed to be individualized, all accomplished without needle or thread.

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It warms your heart, doesn’t it? All we need now are cookies and milk for Santa.

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While I’m confessing my older-and-wiser ways, here’s how my stocking stuffers are wrapped—in the cloth bags I made at least ten years ago and reuse every single year.

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One Response to pragmatic

  1. Lydia Hoover says:

    Sherry – I love the stocking stuffer wrapping bags. I think I may just “borrow” that idea for my family. How nice to have them pretty and not have the huge paper mess that gets thrown away! When I was little we burned all the paper – but somehow we always seemed to loose some small gift between unwrapping and then burning all that paper. I like the reusable-ness!! Thanks for the idea!
    Lydia

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