I’ll be honest here. There are two things I really miss from Christmas: adult gifting and stockings. Chanukah is more like a time when we gift the children, not other adults.Having stockings was fun because I kept buying stocking stuffers throughout the year to fill them, resulting in an interesting collection of items. They just don’t look the same piled up next to the chanukiyah.
This morning I had the opportunity to have breakfast with my rabbi, and I asked him whether Chanukah stockings were acceptable. He told me that his family always had dreidel shaped Chanukah bags for the first night, and he doesn’t see a problem with actually using stockings for that purpose… And now I’m thinking how I should make them. I checked Etsy for them, and they were either awful or so expensive I wouldn’t be able to pay for 20 of those. Of course, chances are, I couldn’t think of the spelling for the holiday that would have brought up just what I needed. Since I have only 11 months and 1 day till Chanukah, crocheting that many big stockings is also out of the question. Maybe I should lern to knit and invest in yarn in bulk? All the patterns I looked at call for at least 2 skeins of yarn/stocking. Or maybe I should learn to sew.
Opening a stocking was a favourite, though rather rare activity for me on Christmas day. The family that raised me was really big on the naughty or nice thing, and I usually didn’t make the nice list. “Santa” only filled the stockings of nice kids. Oh there were other gifts from siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles… but there were empty stockings for the naughty ones. After I spent an afternoon drawing all over the driveway with coal one year, there wasn’t even coal to be found in my stocking. Growing up Christmas was no fun more than it was fun. Chanukah, on the other hand, has been a great experience, and I’m looking forward to next year. Luckily the wait is shorter this year: Chanukah begins the night before Thanksgiving (US).
So, if anyone can point me towards some nice stocking patterns, not too complicated ones, I’d greatly apreciate it. The McCall pattern I found is a bit too complicated for my non-existent sewing skills, and a bit too small for stocking stuffing habit.
Oh, btw, it seems Amazon is having some great year-end sales. It seems to be mostly electronics, clothes and the such that are showing up in detail, but you can also get some great books with big discounts as well. There’s a link below and on my sidebar. I think I’m gonna buy the Heat Wave books by Richard Castle. Yes, I’m a Nathan Fillion fan!