Remember the childhood excitement of Christmas?

Being so excited you were sure you wouldn’t sleep? And suddenly waking before dawn, ready to see what Santa brought in your Christmas stocking?

Maybe even under the Christmas stockings.

In good times, sometimes it’s easy to forget that simple is exciting too. This year many folks are considering cutting back for the holidays.

When thinking of simple Christmases, I think first of the Christmas Laura and Mary spent in Kansas Territory in Little House on the Prairie.

Canadian Santa Claus drawing from 1875

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Their home was small, and isolated from their neighbors. If you recall, Mr. Edwards ran into Santa and brought some of their gifts. The girls of course were thrilled, as were Ma and Pa Ingalls.

That Christmas they had such treasures as:

  • A homemade sugar cookie.  Yes, one cookie
  • A single piece of candy
  • A shiny penny.
  • A new tin cup.

Austere?

They didn’t think so.

And more recently, a man I know grew up in The Great Depression as the eleventh of twelve children.  In good years each child had an orange for Christmas.  That’s all: one orange. Yet I never heard him complain.  On the contrary, he was delighted to get the orange!

So, it was understandable why as a parent he favored practical gifts such as clothing over expensive toys.  And did his children suffer?

The answer is a resounding No!

Is something missing when only the biggest most expensive toy — for children or adults — will do?  And the frustration of seeing it cast aside for something else after only a brief time —

It can become an increasing spiral of spending more and more — for less and less return.

You know taking a page from the past can be enlightening.  There’s even a Victorian quote for Christmas stocking stuffers:

“Something to eat, something to read, something to play with and something they need.”  ~ Victorian poem

Okay, so knitting something to eat or read probably isn’t the best idea. 😉

What do you knit for Christmas stocking stuffers to play with?

While some toys may be too large to fit inside a stocking, they could be underneath the stocking.  And your options include:

  • Doll clothes
  • Small toys such as balls
  • A miniature rug or blanket for a doll house
  • Stuffed toys
  • Christmas ornaments

Tip: Consider individually wrapping your Christmas stocking stuffers.  There’s more excitement in unwrapping many gifts. 🙂

What do you knit for Christmas stocking stuffers they need?

  • Hats
  • Mittens and gloves
  • Scarves — may need to go under the stocking
  • Socks
  • Slippers

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Keep knitting to your heart’s delight — or someone else’s,

Ina

The Knitting Yarn

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