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    :gift: Christmas Stocking Traditions

    The other thread got me thinking. What has always been your family tradition as far as stockings go? I read that some people actually open them last. I've also heard of people who never wrap stocking stuffer presents. Some people take turns, while others all tear into them simultaneously. Tell us how YOU do it.

    For us, we always do stockings FIRST. We take turns. The presents are always wrapped, and sometimes (but not often) there are nicer, more expensive gifts that end up in them. With kids, it is a foregone conclusion that the gifts in the stocking came from SANTA, not mom & dad. Also, our tradition has always been that if you were "bad", you might find an onion in the bottom of your stocking...not a lump of coal.
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    We're putting stockings for Saint Nicholas on 6 December and the presents are always just for children,unwraped. Christmas presents are always under the tree, (wrapped)never in stockings and those presents are for everyone
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    Stockings are opened first, before the gifts. I do them for my husband and two daughters - who are 26 and 17! I never wrap the stocking stuffers and they are usually just little items like: hair accessories, lip balm, candies, nuts, razors, lottery scratch-off tickets, etc. My husband will also often place an expensive small gift in my stocking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by *Snowflake* View Post
    We're putting stockings for Saint Nicholas on 6 December and the presents are always just for children,unwraped. Christmas presents are always under the tree, (wrapped)never in stockings and those presents are for everyone
    Interesting, so in your tradition, Santa doesn't bring gifts for adults? We have stockings for all of us, plus Santa also leaves some presents under the tree too. Once filled, the stockings just get set in front of the tree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaMike View Post
    Interesting, so in your tradition, Santa doesn't bring gifts for adults? We have stockings for all of us, plus Santa also leaves some presents under the tree too. Once filled, the stockings just get set in front of the tree.
    Saint Nicholas is not Santa, or at least I never thought so. He really existed,he was a sailor and has reputation as a bringer of gifts to children. Usually yes, he brings presents just for children, in my family he brings gifts in stockings. Santa Clause, he brings gifts for Christmas and he it's some kind of a fiction, although I believed in him when I was yoinger.He brings gifts for children and adults under the tree.
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    Cool. In America, we interchange the name Santa Claus and St Nick.
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    The tradition of Santa Claus was based on the life of Saint Nicholas. Yes, here in the US we use the names interchangeably -along with Kris Kringle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *Snowflake* View Post
    Saint Nicholas is not Santa, or at least I never thought so. He really existed,he was a sailor and has reputation as a bringer of gifts to children. Usually yes, he brings presents just for children, in my family he brings gifts in stockings. Santa Clause, he brings gifts for Christmas and he it's some kind of a fiction, although I believed in him when I was yoinger.He brings gifts for children and adults under the tree.
    Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas as well as the fat man whose reindeer know how to fly. I like to tell children about the real Saint Nicholas and explain that the other stuff is fiction. But I have a sense of humor, too. I wore an animated elf hat when I took gifts to three of our grandchildren.

    Dancing/animated ELF cap. Press on it and it springs to life. Sings the song "We Are Santa's Elves" from the TV show "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". As it sings, the bell on top moves side to side and jingles. Also lights around the outside blink.



    I'll have to explain about the stockings later. They're mainly decoration in my house.
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    I'm unfamiliar with the concept of a santa who is separate from Saint Nic, and who leaves presents for adults... To me, Santa (also known as Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas...) is the big Jolly old guy with the red soft outfit, white fur, white beard... belly laugh... rosy cheeks... He flies a sleigh full of toys pulled by his flying reindeer and he lands on the roof and comes down the chimney bringing presents and taking the carrot / pie / cookies / drink that was left for him. He fills the stockings that have been hung and leaves gifts for the children.

    He doesn't come for adults in this house though - Father Christmas is for the children! The toys under the tree in this house are from family and friends and for everybody (adults and children) and are put under the tree as and when family bring them round in the lead up to Christmas, but Santa comes on Christmas Eve and leaves presents for all the good girls and boys :-)

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    Stockings are kinda new in my family. We do them last sometimes after dinner. It's something I definitely want to do with my kids when I have them.

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