Every year on December 6th my family celebrates a tradition passed down through our German heritage. We hang our stockings on the fireplace and St. Nick comes to fill them with fruits, nuts, candy, and small trinkets. The original tradition has children place a boot or shoe outside their door, but in America we seem to have combined it with the Christmas tradition of a stocking on the mantel.
~ These are all stockings I’ve made over the years. ~
The first one I made for my husband before we were married. He loves hiking and the outdoors so of course he got a hiking boot stocking.
For mine I took my love of quilting and made a crazy quilt stocking. I also added bells to mine to make sure no one would snitch my chocolate!! heh heh..
When my son was born I wanted to make him a cowboy boot stocking. I didn’t have a pattern and was a bit discouraged about making my own until my Nov/Dec 2006 edition of Country Woman magazine came and, Voila! There on page 16 was the perfect pattern. And just in time. Here’s my version.
I took my love of all things Victorian and turned some of my favorite fabrics into a Victorian boot for sister #1. I love this one so much I almost made another for myself.
And just in time for Saint Nick to come today, I finished the stocking for my 9 month old. It’s her first Christmas so I had to come up with another “boot” idea and find/make a pattern. She got a pretty ice skate stocking with hand embroidery and snowflakes.
This year, I also told my kids that this is when St. Nick comes to make sure they are being good and to pick up their Christmas wish list letters. You wouldn’t believe how good my 4 year old is being on account of Santa watching. :o)
Why December 6th you ask? It’s the feast day of Saint Nicholas, the true Santa Claus.
I can’t wait to see what he brings us!
Celebrating at the following parties:
Tools are for Women Too!
Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party
DIY Showoff Project Parade
Making the World Cuter Mondays
The Girl Creative
Between Naps on the Porch Met Monday