by our new chimney, with care! And cheering! And lots of exclamation points! We got access to the new house today and rushed over to take care of first things first, like hanging our stockings. I think we all feel better now. In addition to our stockings we took over some fragile items (lamps) and some that would be overly difficult to pack, like my stand mixer. It sure gives me a mental boost to know that my stockings and my stand mixer are waiting for me over at the new house!
Our stockings each have a bit of a story. Mine (first) was a gift from Rob during the Christmas of our engagement. Rob’s is from his childhood. Dorothy’s (ivory with the silver tree) has eighteen silver hooks sewn on it. Each Christmas Santa brings her a sterling silver charm representing something special about her year, and he hangs it on a hook on the stocking. By her eighteenth Christmas she will have a nice collection of meaningful charms that she can choose to leave on her stocking, or put on a bracelet if she wishes. I like this tradition because it takes up less space than ornaments, and can double as something functional (wearable jewelry) instead of just (pardon me) a box load of crap that she feels like she has to keep until one of us dies. Not to be all anti-sentimental, but I just am not in favor of traditions that burden people with lots of stuff they must store. The cat’s stocking is next, and then Worth’s. I had a hard time thinking of how to adapt the charm tradition for him, but I did come up with something. His stocking has big circles on it, and eighteen of them are well-centered on the stocking. Santa has purchased a good supply of silver letter beads and will string one word in the center of a circle each year. It’s not wearable, but at least it will never take up more room than a stocking. Santa still hasn’t decided what word will sum up Worth’s first year, though–for some reason “victuals” keeps coming to mind, as that boy is such a big fan of his dinner!