Heart of the Home

| December 2006

Children's happiness was worth the effort

Christmas stockings were a highlight of Christmas for my five children. My job was to find something to put in those stockings. It wasn't always easy with a very limited budget.

One year, I made little dolls and some clothes for my three daughters. For the boys, I found small trucks. A package with a ball and jacks for the girls, and a baseball for each boy were big hits. Nuts and candy helped to fill up the sock, and a banana was eagerly received.

We always allowed the children to take down the stockings first thing on Christmas morning. Their smiling faces made the extra work well worth the effort.

Tilden, Ill.


Still has stocking after 60 years

My Christmas stocking of 1946 was store-bought, with the price of 39 cents printed on the top. It was bright-red felt with an all-white printed design. It was quite large - about 16 inches long - so it held lots of treasures.

My two brothers, Larry and Jerry, each received a stocking exactly like mine. Mother printed our names on them in beautiful script, so I knew at the age of 8 that Santa Claus did not write the names. I didn't say anything to my brothers, since they still believed in Santa Claus.

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