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What is a Stocking Present

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NachoAddict Sun 01-Dec-13 22:29:00

What kind of things do you call a stocking present, is it literally a small present that goes in the stocking or is it just a present that's not the main present?

If it is the present that goes in the stocking, what kind of things do you buy?

Parietal Sun 01-Dec-13 22:31:04

depends who for / what your family tradition is. we've had different arrangements for different ages / recipients. e.g. - under 10s get stocking full of presents from Father Christmas. Over 10s all give each other stocking presents. but other families will differ

ElfontheShelfIsWATCHINGYOUTOO Sun 01-Dec-13 22:39:16

This year couple of hexbugs, satsuma, tangle brush, some stickers, brain teaser game, gold coins, tube of smarties.

Flisspaps Sun 01-Dec-13 22:49:25

Santa will put socks, crayons, chocolate coins, that sort of thing in the stocking. If it's small enough, it goes in.

DisneyAddict88 Sun 01-Dec-13 23:08:52

stocking fillers are just bits and pieces which santa brings all pretty cheap this year dd1 (5) will have moshi monsters blind bags, moshi toothbrush, random little toys, small card game, satsuma, chocolate and a moshi monsters toothbrush dd2 (18 months) couple of animal figures, random little toys, satsuma chocolate and toothbrush. and of course finger lights (bargain thread must have grin )

DaftMaul Sun 01-Dec-13 23:12:44

Small (relatively) inexpensive items. Some may be useful - toiletries, underwear and some may be 'occupiers' - DVD, puzzle book, lego figures, and some will be fun - joke books, fake poo, finger lights and some traditional - satsuma, one quality street and choc coins.

If your dcs are young, think party bag fillers.

We have to entertain our dcs for a few hours after they wake up before everyone else gets up and dressed and they can open their main presents, hence DVD/ds game.

LucyBabs Sun 01-Dec-13 23:13:17

Satsuma? Why a satsuma? confused

My dd is 5 in her stocking I have chocolate coins, Lego city ninja turtles, small remote control dragon.

Ds is 2 he's getting pretend money,play dough kit and small toy cars

UniS Sun 01-Dec-13 23:13:48

something small enough t go in a stocking. My DS has quite a small stocking ( one of my ski socks) so his stocking presents are all quite small, except an annual, which has to be left with as it won't fit in.

This year he will wake up to (approximately) , some nuts, choc coins, a few fancy marbles, novelty soap, finger skateboard, character toothbrush, an eye spy book, some felt tip pens, a harmonica , a pair of angry birds gloves and the beano annual.

DaftMaul Sun 01-Dec-13 23:21:55

We have always had satsumas in our stockings. Think the tradition dates back to the war, when they were a luxury so only given at Christmas. They are always at the end of the stocking so when they get to it they know there is no more!

Yy to annuals too!

Last year Father Christmas gave ds some posh chocolate with nut traces that caused a severe allergic reaction - naughty FC. Ds now gets only bog standard chocs!

steppemum Sun 01-Dec-13 23:25:44

Our stockings always had a walnut in its shell, and satsuma and a 50 p coin in the toe. Also compulsory were a bag of chocolate coins and one of those big tubes of smarties/buttons.
Then small toys, fun toothbrushes/flannels, maybe a little torch, that sort of thing. dh and I have continued the tradition, minus the walnut.

In our house the stockings are always inexpensive things, rather than just small things. hex bugs for example wouldn't go in them in our house as they are too pricey. They would go under the tree, with other presents plus main present.

dh and I do each other stockings, same principle - few choccies, a chocolate santa, pair of earrings, socks etc. Dh and I will sometimes impose price limit - no item allowed to cost more than £2 for example.

We do stockings when they wake up and then tree presents after breakfast and dinner in the oven. (just to build the agonising tension, and to prevent the whole deal being over by 7:30 am)

LucyBabs Sun 01-Dec-13 23:31:53

Never heard the satsuma thing.
I'm in ROI, at Halloween our neighbours would give us apples and carrots instead of sweets grin

CointreauVersial Sun 01-Dec-13 23:32:47

Always a satsuma in the stocking.

Tis the law.

And chocolate coins.

eddiemairswife Sun 01-Dec-13 23:37:15

My adult children still have small inexpensive presents from Father Christmas under the tree. We started this when I realised how ridiculous it was to wait until 18 and 19 year olds were asleep before taking up their stockings.

DaftMaul Sun 01-Dec-13 23:42:15

Steppemum, we always had a walnut too but stopped that for ds with ha nut allergy!

I don't remember any of us actually eating our nuts or oranges when younger, although my dcs have been known to munch on their satsumas before breakfast.

steppemum Sun 01-Dec-13 23:47:23

I actually hate walnuts and didn't eat any nuts at all as a child. My dad hates nuts as well. So one year I did query a little bit puzzled as to why I got a walnut when I hate them and my dad looked shocked and said ''but it is tradition!!''

If I forget to round them up, I find mouldy satsumas in the dcs bedrooms a week after christmas.

the chocolate coins always get eaten though

steppemum Sun 01-Dec-13 23:49:25

eddiemair - last year ds aged 10 was still awake when I took his stocking in, although he pretended to be alseep.

I am considering doing stockings on the mantle piece for anyone aged 10 and over (he was keeping himself awake to prove that it was me who did the stocking, so we had over tired ds as our Christmas present.)

Allalonenow Sun 01-Dec-13 23:49:59

Yes, it is the law that every Christmas Stocking must contain a satsuma and some chocolate coins.

This is the type of question that should be asked on citizenship questionaires.

I used to like to put a chocolate Santa and a cracker pokeing out of the top, and if I got carried away, balloons and tinsel featured too.

callmekitten Mon 02-Dec-13 00:38:54

Here they are small items, usually inexpensive but sometimes not. And yes, chocolate coins are a must. Here's a list of things that DD has gotten over the years:
Flavored lip balm
Hair ties
card games
Pokemon cards
Small Lego sets
Littlest Pet Shop Pets
Slide whistle
small puzzles
Card games
Plastic jewelry
Hand lotion
Hair glitter
Pens and notebooks
Small action figures
Random sweets
That's all I can think of right now.

Doitnicelyplease Mon 02-Dec-13 04:00:14

Growing up we had pillowcases not stocking so not all the presents were small most were silly or useful along with chocolates and a satsuma.

I have carried this on for my DDs they have a sack not a stocking. They get some good presents in there eg Small Lego set but also silly, useful and some sweets/satsuma. I do less main presents than some just 2 or 3 medium sized gifts so justify spending more on their sacks so not just tat.

Snog Mon 02-Dec-13 06:28:30

adults have stockings too in my family. We use one leg of a srtetchy pair of tights so anything that fits can go in. gifts up to around £40 per item could potentially be included along with the fingerlights etc so the stockings are a big event.

BobCrotchstitch Mon 02-Dec-13 06:47:14

This year we are all having stockings <excited> in order to fill the day up a bit. I loathe plastic tat and DS has an uncanny knack of accumulating it from other people anyway throughout the year. Our stockings therefore contain, satsuma, chocolate coins (DS also has chocolate sprouts this year!) candy canes. DS's this year also contains, Yu Gi Oh cards, posh hot chocolate, marshmallow fluff, Wackysox, a pocket wire saw thing, pad of paper and pencils, posh pen (that I won't buy normally as he will lose it fhmm) a penny whistle, guitar plectrums and a little thing to keep them in. I still need to add a DS game or Lego that will keep him occupied before church.
I love stockings, though my love of them has turned out to be an expensive hobby fgrin

Small inexpensive gifts as listed above. No satsumas or nuts, never seen the point. Adults don't get stockings either.

NachoAddict Mon 02-Dec-13 19:44:59

Ah we have been doing it right then. I saw on another thread some people were buying tons of stocking fillers and I wondered what they meant.

We have the obligatory satsuma and small toys, hair bobbles, etc.

Lucylouby Mon 02-Dec-13 22:26:39

My dc get satsumas, although none of them like them, so I only put them in out of tradition and I don't know why I continue. Although they do all comment that they should write and tell FC to leave a different kind of fruit this year. FC hasn't decided if this is a good idea or not, but will check on the quality of the fruit available on the night to see what to do. Maybe they will get an apple instead.

To be honest, I always thought that oranges in stockings were just something people did in years gone by, had no idea people still did them. Anyway, not going to start now.

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