December 18 - Christmas Stockings Did you have one? Where did you hang it? What did you get in it? Do you have any Christmas stockings used by your ancestors?
Dad: The house I grew up in did not have a fireplace. So every Christmas we tied our stockings down the stairwell banister. Mom and Dad’s stocking at the top and the oldest to youngest kid’s stockings after that. Candy and popcorn balls were the typical things that filled the stockings. My dad said when he was young on the farm, an orange or an apple were usually in his stocking. I don’t remember any of us getting coal, although I believe there were times when we deserved it. Although we have a fireplace in our house here, we have always tied the stockings on the stairwell too.
Mom: Yes we all had a Christmas stocking. My first home had a fake fireplace where we hung our stockings. Our second house did have a fireplace and the stockings were all hung there. The one and only stocking I have is the same one I had as a child.