Stockings or no stockings? That’s the question.

People are deeply rooted in traditon – do they have stockings, what do you put in them, and when do you open them.

We usually have a few standard goodies in each stocking:

  • Chocolate Gold Coins
  • Gummy Bears
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Playing Cards
  • Thank-you Notes

Yes. Thank you notes. These are suppose to inspire the kids to actually write the notes (it happens about 50% of the time…)

Here is how I get ready for the stockings:

I have a Ziploc bag with each person’s name on it. As I gather up little treats for them, I wrap them and keep them in their own Ziploc. When it comes time to fill the individual stockings, all I do is dump the content of each bag into the appropriate stocking.

You’re Own Stocking

After the first couple of years of marriage Roger noticed that I didn’t have anything in my stocking (it really didn’t bother me, promise…)  So our third Christmas he went to Bath and Body and loaded up (I got a dozen hand sanitizers. No, I wasn’t offended…) But I still buy myself a little treat to put in my own stocking. Nothing extravagant, but just a little something I wouldn’t normally buy for myself.

At the last event I spoke at, I had a rush of women come up to my booktable and get the My Husband is a Hottie ShirtI normally sell quite a few of the shirts, but this was unusual…. I finally asked one of the ladies what was up and she explained that her whole table decided to purchase the shirts to put in their own stockings – a gift for her, a gift for him. Genius.

If you tell me in the comments what the best part of the Christmas Project has been for you, I will put you in a drawing for your own T-shirt to stuff your stocking with.

The winner will be randomly chosen.


Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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