I know, it's only October! Why would anyone possibly begin thinking about Christmas so early? Well, I love Christmas. It's my favorite holiday. And with a baby coming anytime over the next 4 weeks, I thought it wouldn't hurt to get a jump-start.
Over the last few years, it has been a fall ritual for me to make a Christmas stockings. I saw an idea that I liked in a Martha Stewart magazine and I took the idea, tweaked it a little, and made it my own. I find an old sweater, (or not so old that is no longer being worn,) and trace out a stocking pattern I made. Then I embellish it with a little critter or some sort of festive design and voila! You have a fun Christmas stocking. I've made a stocking for myself, Stephen and Pear so it was only fitting that Jovie have one for her first Christmas as well!
Growing up, my mom made stockings for each of us kids. We would hang them and then on Christmas morning, they would be filled with goodies, little gifts and fun things. My parents would set them in front of the Christmas tree and it was the first thing our eyes ventured to at 6am on Christmas morning. Because stockings are only so big, you have to find little gifts to put in them, and because the gifts are little, it seems like they keep coming and coming! Yes, I think the Christmas stocking is my favorite thing on Christmas morning.