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An Ode to Stockings

by Magnolia
Published on December 6, 2022

Living room decorated for Christmas. Stockings hang on a mantel above the fireplace and a Christmas tree is seen to the side.

We all know how the story goes: “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…” The holiday ritual traces back centuries and is steeped in folklore. From old tales of Saint Nicholas’ generosity to being used to gift oranges during The Great Depression, the purpose of stockings may have evolved but one theme has remained: delight.

Every year we deck the halls with nostalgia and let all things whimsical take center stage, including stockings on the mantel. The holidays have a way of knitting us together. It doesn’t matter our age or if we’re celebrating Christmas with friends or family, there will always be something comforting and beautiful in seeing our stockings among the row of others. It’s a picture of belonging—a gift of delight all on its own. Whether your stocking is well-worn or it’s time to find a new one, whether you open yours before the sun rises or it’s the morning’s finale—the tradition will always feel special year after year because it’s yours.

Close-up of two stockings hanging on the mantel below a dried citrus garland.
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And then, of course, there’s the unexpected delight of what you’ll find inside. Maybe the kiddos squeal over toys, stickers, or games. Maybe the adults smile with relief at the sight of more practical (but appreciated) gifts, like soap, “thank you” cards, or a good pen.

Green mug with gold pinecone detail in the middle.
Four leather keychains in various colors.
A pack of pinecone soaps.

When that goodness comes in small packages, well, there’s joy in that too—because it’s the little things that can make someone’s morning. When their eyes light up because they feel seen and known, it’s a reminder that those gifts aren’t so small after all.

Explore our collection of stocking stuffers below—and to all a good gift!

Brown leather wallet
A set of lip tint.
A journal with a golfer that says "on the green."
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