today is my birthday.
my husband is due home later with a perfect pizza and cold stella.
and i will have as many peppermint andes mints as i want.
christmas is next weekend, friends! lord willing, next week i'll share my favorite christmas cookie and my favorite christmas movies. i've even got a couple more amazing friends sharing posts, too!
today i want to show you our christmas stockings:
my sister made them for us last year and i absolutely adore them all.
we don't have a mantel, but we do have a sideboard that works just fine.
this year, patrick and i will stuff each other's stockings and skip "regular" gifts.
elijah's will likely get filled with trinkets and treats of all sorts. who knows what santa will bring;)
growing up our family had one stocking hung. it was my dad's when he was a boy.
it's one of my favorite christmas things, that old flannel stocking. i never even wanted my own stocking.
it seemed perfect to share that blessed thing with everyone else.
years later, my aunt sent us a cute stocking she made. we all shared that one, too.
most years they had cards and goodies from out of town family stuffed inside.
you know, the money cards.
man! there is nothing like opening up one of those
long rectangular envelopes and seeing that cold hard cash.
call me superficial, but it was nearly the only time i ever had any real currency.
you can bet i spent a decent chunk, maybe a whole ten dollars, at the claire's store in the mall.
scrunchies(i do not miss these), bracelets, anklets...
and once my ears were pierced, earrings and more earrings.
the rest of my money bought candy(razzles) and various hello kitty or lisa frank necessities.
time moved on and my taste would change.
victoria's secret body lotion,
a hot new single on cassette
or even splurge for the compact disc!
the gap would soon be getting all my christmas money.
today the gap still gets most of my christmas money.
i love that my sister put gingerbread cookies on my stocking.
she copied their decoration exactly as my mama taught us. i decorate my cookies very similar to hers.
partly because they are cute this way, and partly because it makes me think of my mama.
i always had good times cookie decorating with my her.
well, always probably isn't true, considering my sassy nature, but there were good times.
i love our christmas stockings and i can hardly wait to fill 'em up!
so, tell me!
do you hang stockings?
are they handmade or the ever coveted pottery barn ones?