Blogmas 2017: 12 Days of Christmas
I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts, online shops, high street signs and magazine articles this year with their take on perfect stocking fillers. Whilst I love the present inspiration, I have one issue:
I’m pretty skint, and a lot of these presents simply aren’t what I would define as stocking fillers!
I’ve compiled a little list of what I think constitutes proper stocking fillers, combining old traditions with new ones, and being budget friendly in mind.
An orange, a tangerine, a nectarine, a satsuma, a Tesco’s easy peel. Whatever tickles your tastebuds.
This tradition comes from the Victorian times, when oranges were quite new on the food scene and so were pretty hard to come by. To receive an orange at Christmas was quite the luxury.
I’ve also read, which is rather a cute idea, that to give an orange shows you care about the season of giving, and an orange obviously splits into segments, which you can share with those around you. Isn’t that cute?
I like the idea of giving an orange, and what a yummy way to start your Christmas morning.
One of the stories of St Nicholas is that he knew a man who had three daughters, but they were very poor. In the Roman times when St Nicholas lived, poor women would have to resort to very demeaning jobs for money (you get my drift)… Anyway, Nicholas took pity on this family, so one night Nicholas went to their house with three bags of gold coins and threw them through the windows for them.
There are so many different versions of this story, but one that stands out to me is that Nicholas climbed up onto the roof and threw the bags down the chimney, where they then landed into socks hung up by the first to dry.
Seems a bit coincidental that this story fits nicely with Santa Claus’ story…
Still! It’s a good story to tell over choccie coins found in your Christmas stocking.
Not an especially traditional choice… however, socks in a stocking sounds like a perfect present!
I always need new socks at around Christmas time. They’re just one of those items that I never think about buying until I realise I have none left, or loads of mine have holes in.
You could buy your loved one some fluffy socks so they’re toes don’t get cold on Christmas day, or perhaps some Christmas socks to celebrate the season.
Do you have any family stocking traditions?
I’d love to know about them. Leave me a story in the comments 💌