Stockings are HUGE in the Downing household. Literally. My grandma knitted giant, personalized stockings for most of the family, and my mom has found a few places over the years that make similar ones for family members who don’t have the originals. They’re such a big part of our Christmas morning routine, too. Wake up, tea + coffee, stockings, breakfast, the rest of the presents, and then we’ve recently started a tradition of a Christmas day movie and sushi. I love it. My dad and I fight over the real estate in my mom’s stocking, and last year he “forgot” to sneak in the gifts I got her. Yea, right, Daddy! My mom is the stocking expert though- it’s usually a nice mix of practical and little fun gifts, leaving the stockings overflowing onto our brick hearth. I’ll be sure to take a picture of the absurdly idyllic scene this year because it honestly just warms my heart that we have such a strong tradition.
My department at work also has a really nice tradition- we do a Secret Santa for whoever wants to be involved and then we go out for a lunch together. The gifts are all supposed to be capped at $25, and people are supposed to fill out a wishlist to help coworkers who aren’t sure what to get. Like my family, the small gifts tend to be a mix of sweet an practical.
Disclaimer: this may or may not be my submission for the accounting department’s Secret Santa wishlist. hehehe
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