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Posted 05-27-2008 at 06:25 PM by Gingerbug

When I think about Christmas from my childhood I think about the Christmas Stockings. Coming from a family with five children and not much cash we didn't have any fancy red and white stockings....just a good clean boot sock that could be used again later in a more practical way after Christmas. We would hang these not on the mantel...for although we had a wood stove we did not have a fireplace....but on the door of our bedroom. When we went to bed for the night one of my brothers would make sure the broom was beside his bed. then when he woke up in the night he would hit the stockings to see if they had been filled with goodies yet. If they had....then....he would sneak to the door and grab his stocking and off to bed with it he went. Often he would wake the rest of us but not always...sometimes he just relished his filled stocking all by himself and the rest of us only found out later. This was the time before actual toys and gifts were put in stockings. But we were delighted with a juicy orange at the bottom, various nuts, and lots of candy...mostly homemade but with some generous amounts of the hard ribbon candy also.
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