.Do you do them? And do you do them for grown-ups too? I haven't for ages, not since my daughter grew-up and left home, and I miss them. I think its lovely, to sit down with a cup of coffee on christmas morning and have a rummage into the silly, the thoughtful, the useful, the cute.
I have long used stockings in my christmas decor but, this year, the bloke and I will have stockings which we'll hang up and fill for each other. I'm even hopeful that we can hang them on the bedpost at the foot of the bed. Well, I do have an iron bedstead which has never been used for that purpose and it should be just perfect for the task!
So, how do you choose the contents? I used to think it was all a matter of size (what could be stuffed into the stocking) regardless of cost. Of course that meant jolly Old St Nick would get the kudos for those well-thought-out, small but expensive gifts I'd selected (that was how it worked in my house anyway!) I recently read a poem which suggested a stocking should comprise of :
- something you want
- something you need
- something to eat and
- something to read
Filling my stocking is easy for all but the last item on that list. A miniature bottle of fizz would cover 'something I want', I love to write in ink and always keep an inexpensive pen knocking around in my bag, so a new fountain pen would be just the ticket for 'something I need', Rococo's yummy chocolate-covered cocoa beans is perfectly 'something to eat' but what to read?
I read mostly on Kindle due to the size of my home and the already overflowing bookshelves, so I'd want it to be a book to keep forever. Something beautiful perhaps, like Waterstones book of the year "The Fox and the Star" by Coralie Bickford-Smith, an author/designer who has illustrated her own publication inspired by the work of two famously talented Williams - Blake and Morris. Pity its been written for children then... The illustrated edition of the first Harry Potter (and I realise I just contradicted myself by ignoring this was also written for children) would be a great contender except its far too big to fit in my stocking and I already have a gorgeous illustrated anthology of the works of Khalil Ghibran.
Ah, the perfect thing - Carol Ann Duffy's annual christmas miniature: The Wren Boys. I have them all - they're hardcover, pocket-sized, beautifully illustrated and on christmas-related themes - let alone the lovely and thought-provoking poems of our Poet Laureate.
What little book would you like to find in your stocking this year?