In celebration of Christmas this year, and in keeping with the idea that the season is about spending time with loved ones and not so much about what you get, Jenn and I set out to make a special stocking for everyone. As these would be a part of their gift Jenn made it her task to design all of them while I took care of the necessary supplies.
We started off with over-sized stockings for everyone. While Jenn's part of the gift giving was designing and decorating the stockings, Mr.D and I were in charge of filling each stocking. Each stocking was filled with a special gift, small personal gifts, and lots of treats. Since this felt more like a Christmas from times past, we included fruit and nuts as part of the stocking stuffers. We had fun shopping for everyone and were able to find lots of great deals and stay within our budget.
Though I had volunteered to help Jenn with decorating the stockings, she reminded me that this was her gift to her siblings and Mr.D's children. She put a lot of love into making each one special. After she had completed the stockings they were set aside until Mr.D came to celebrate the first part of the holidays here with us. When he arrived we decorated a stocking for Ryan and Jenn and filled the ones we needed for those visiting here in NC.
We would deliver the remaining stockings during our visit to see Mr.D's children in GA. They were all excited to see us and enjoyed Jenn's personalized artistic gift, and to compare the goodies inside. It was too funny to watch them make deals for each others candies as we tried to mix them up a bit. The "Pop Rocks" seemed to be the most popular candy.
Even Pamela managed to sneak down for a visit earlier in the month before the festivities to spend a Christmas celebration with us. It has been several years since she was able to spend any holiday with us and it was such a nice visit. She was the first to get her special stocking which was filled with a photo collage, scarf and glove set, and lots of other treats. The collage personal photo collection for her new apartment. Jenn is hoping everyone will keep their stockings for years to come. Thank you Jenn, for making this an extra special year for everyone!