Thursday, December 5, 2013

On the Second Day of Christmas - Stocking Day

The Twelve Days of Christmas

I want to introduce you to this holiday that you have got to start celebrating: Stocking Day!

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Are you familiar with this one? If there's one thing that puts me in a holiday cheer, it's Stocking Day. Most people probably refer to it as Saint Nicholas Day, but when you're a kid, Stocking Day rolls off the tongue a little easier. And if you're a kid at heart, you keep using that name even when you're a twenty-something. Instead of opening our stockings on Christmas morning, my family and I open ours up on Saint Nicholas Day, which takes place on the 6th of December. It kind of extends Christmas, if you ask me. My mom always loved celebrating a man who was generous and cared for the sick, needy, and young children and now that I'm teaching my own class of kids, I couldn't agree with her more. So yes, we still celebrate it around here. We don't get the chance to open them up together since we all have different morning schedules and work/school times, but it's still a treat to see them all out on the kitchen table when I first come down stairs in the morning.

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Now that us kids are getting older, my mom (aka the stocking stuffer-er) has been asking us what we'd like but I love that she always ends up surprising us with other treats, too. Some years there are iTunes gift cards. Other years there are little toys or ornaments. This last year, my mom completely surprised me with The Help, some gloves to use with my iPod, and some of my favorite Christmas candies.

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Stocking Day will always be a tradition in my family. And when/if I have kids, you'd better believe stockings will be filled and ready to open on December 6th each year. And if I don't have kids, then you'd better believe I'm going to show up on my parent's doorstep that morning waiting to open up my stocking. Just kidding. Sort of. So tell me, what are your December family traditions? Do you celebrate St. Nicholas Day or do you open your stockings on Christmas morning?  Tomorrow's the 6th so you still have time to begin this tradition with your own family!

Kiki, In It's Time

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25 comments :

  1. I've never heard of Stocking Day, not as a separate day from Christmas, anyways. I've always loved the stocking tradition of Christmas, though!

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  2. I've never heard it called this! Where my parents are from (Europe) they celebrate today as St. Nick's day, like you had mentioned! Cheers to stocking day ;)

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  3. Stocking day sounds amazing! I have never heard of it either.

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  4. I've never heard of Stocking Day/St Nicholas Day, but I LOVE this tradition! What a great idea! I'm all about extending Christmas as much as possible! :)

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  5. I had also never heard of it! looks like a lot of people are learning a lot through your blog post :D great tradition, the stocking always gets "outshined" a bit by the presents on Christmas day, it's fun to give the stocking it's own day! and to remember the tradition of generosity by St Nick

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  6. I have never heard of Stocking Day... how cute!

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  7. Ah okay - I first thought: "I've never heard about that day". But then I read about St. Nicholaus and well, I'm pretty familiar with that because we really celebrate that day here in Austria. (On the 5th of December, althought the real holiday is on the 6th. But most of the time over night.)
    We do not have stockings like you, but plates or little red bags, with sweets, peanuts, oranges and little presents. And yes, it's a really nice tradition :)

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  8. It's cool that you guys do that. I had heard of similar being done in Germany when I was in high school (wherein children put a boot outside the door to be filled with sweets) but don't know anyone who does it. I also vaguely remember learning about a girl who brings presents to put in slippers on Christmas Eve but I'm not sure.

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  9. That's great. I have never heard of this tradition but I love it.

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  10. Stocking Day sounds like an awesome tradition!

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  11. I've never heard of stocking day... but it sounds AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing.
    xoxo

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  12. I have never celebrated St. Nicholas Day, but I think it is such a fun idea!

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  13. I've never heard of this, but I love it! If I'm blessed enough to have kids some day, I certainly hope I remember this! It's a tradition I would love to do! :)

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  14. stocking day, that's so fun :) I've never heard of that.

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  15. My family never celebrated anything like stocking day but it sounds like a wonderful tradition and I would love to practice it.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  16. I have never heard of this "stocking day" until today! How crazy is that? It's such a fun thing!! Also, i think you should just leave it to "when I have kids" and take out the "if". hehehe! You WILL have your own babies. It's not a matter of "if" but just "when" :) hugs!

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  17. First of all, thank you again so so so much for this opportunity to take over your blog. Secondly, that little blurb you wrote about me? THE sweetest thing ever. So grateful for our friendship and how you've been like a blogging big sister to me---especially when it comes to my posts on faith and/or singleness. :)

    Thanks again! And I'm excited that I introduced this holiday to more people!

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  18. I used to do St. Nicholas Day with the kids when I was a nanny! We also did some sort of Italian witch who left presents in their shoes. I can't remember her name. I used to try to find and celebrate every possible holiday I could with them!

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  19. We celebrate "Nikolaus" in Germany. You put your boots in front of your door at night and when you wake up in the morning of December 6th, Saint Nikolaus left some presents for you! I got a book and chocolate this year!

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  20. I've never heard of St. Nicholas Day until now. This sounds like a fun tradition to keep going for many years to come. Sadly, I didn't grow up with stockings at all. So now we just have simple stockings to open up on Christmas morning.

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  21. I've never heard of this! We always do stockings on Christmas morning.

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  22. I love this!
    we do our stockings Christmas morning - so hearing of a different tradition is always exciting!

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  23. This is so cute! I've never heard of this holiday!

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