The Christmas Stocking

Tiny Treasures

Christmas morning we would come down the stairs, and gaze in awe and excitement at all the beautiful packages under the tree. However, we were not allowed to open them. Before the opening of the presents, our parents would take care of the ‘important’ adult stuff, coffee, breakfast, and the camera.

To occupy us, we were allowed to sit and go through our stockings. They would be hanging there right under our noses, on the stair rail, enticing us, overflowing with hidden tiny treasures. So for me, the stocking was the real treat, the hunt for buried treasure. What mysterious mini marvels would I find stuffed into it this year?

There was no just dumping it out to glance at the bounty for me… NO.               I dug out every item one by one, enjoying carefully unwrapping, inspecting, smelling, tasting, playing with, and laying out each tiny gift as I went along… A candy cane (even though Santa hung them all over the tree); an orange and walnuts (they were also sitting in a dish on the coffee table); Neccos; barley sugar candy, in a Christmas or animal shape; Chapstick; Dentine; travel size toothpaste; toothbrush; travel size hand cream; comb and brush; toilet water / perfume; barrettes, hair bands or ties; silly putty; chocolate gold coins…

Then, at the bottom of the stocking, stuffed in the very tip of the toe, there would be the special Treasure. Right there under the gold coins, all wrapped up in pretty paper, was the treasure, a beautiful mini box holding: a tiny piece of jewelry, a charm or pin; or a crystal ornament; or a crystal knick-knack. YES, the real Teeny Tiny Treasure, to me was that beautiful forever keepsake, because for the rest of my life, every time I would see it, I would remember the Warmth and Love of this Blessed day with my family.

Other items occasionally found:

Hershey Minis or Kisses, M&M’s, Lifesavers, Cracker Jacks, yo yo, marbles, ball & jacks, crayons, card games, finger sparkler, small finger games…

What do you remember getting in your stocking as a child? -OmaEagle

Oh Christmas sword-cloudock, Oh Christmas sock,
How lovely are thy tiny treasures,
Oh Christmas sock, Oh Christmas sock,
Opening them brings such pleasures,

Every year at Christmas sees,
You bringing such joy and glee.
Oh Christmas sock, Oh Christmas sock,
Such tiny treasure within thee!

Oh Christmas sock, Oh Christmas sock,            What pleasure do you bring me!
Oh Christmas sock, Oh Christmas sock,             Such pleasure do you bring me!

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