When I was growing up, there were only a few sure things on Christmas morning:
- First, that I would get oranges and nuts in my stocking.
- Next, that my mom would make us a dutch puff for breakfast.
- And lastly, that we had to wait and watch each person open one present, one at a time–no running to the tree to tear into any gift with your name on it (and I always went last because I’m the youngest…).
Let’s refer back to the stockings again. While shelled nuts (I loved cracking them open with the Nutcracker) and fragrant clementines filled the bottom of the stocking, there were always small gifts stacked on top. Our stocking stuffers were always just that–small, token gifts stuffed into the top of the stocking ( fine…and the occasional rolled-up calendar for the new year). These days, people deem any small gift stocking stuffer and I just don’t agree. Would an expensive piece of jewelry be a stocking stuff just because it’s small? I think not. Stocking stuffers are meant to be small, inexpensive, and fun. Case in point (everything under $25):
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Do you do stocking stuffers?