The Stockings are Hung By the Chimney – or Anywhere

Christmas stockings are a big deal in our family. When I was a little girl, we had a split-level house and the stockings were hung on the half-wall in the livingroom. There were just five of us for a long time, and then my mother added more stockings as we married and grandchildren came along. None of us had large families, but they added up. The grandchildren married and had children of their own.  Last year, there were 28 stockings on my parents’ mantle. (Actually, as you can see, Mom had to move their stockings up to the wall, to make room.) In 2015, my parents welcomed two new great-grandbabies, so they will be up to 30 stockings!

Mom has strict rules about Christmas stockings. Most of the grandchildren dated their spouse a long time – 3 or 4 years – before they married, but no one gets a stocking until they are legally married into the family.  It doesn’t matter if they are with us for every holiday and special occasion – no wedding ring, no stocking.

It’s a family tradition my husband and I have continued. In 1985, when we lived in Germany, there were only three of us. Our stockings hung from a windowsill!

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Our family has grown, too, over the years. We had 12 stockings in 2014, and we hung them on a clothesline, celebrating Christmas at our oldest son’s house.  Another grandson was born this year, so we will have 13 stockings to hang on our new fireplace!

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My plan is to make coordinating stockings – not matching, and I am not embroidering names on them! I’ve made many quilted stockings over the years, to give as gifts or as class samples or to sell, but ours are an eclectic collection so far.

We put candy and small, inexpensive gifts in the stockings. It’s the place for the “I know this isn’t very exciting but I thought you might need it” gifts, like Minnie Mouse toothbrushes, ponytail holders, lip balm, pencils, etc. I have Disney-themed band-aids for the grandkids’ stockings this year. Won’t they be excited?

Do you hang stockings?   What do they look like?    Where do you hang them?    What do you put in them?

 

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Tomorrow is Cyber Monday – the online version of Black Friday, for people who want to lounge around in their jammies over the holiday weekend and then do all their Christmas shopping online from the comfort of their own home, still in nice comfy clothes and slippers.  Or is that just me?

There are so many golden opportunities for marketing and shopping this time of year, and it’s such a busy time of year! I was not prepared for Small Business Saturday, but I have a last-minute plan for Cyber Monday:

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The sale is limited to addresses within the United States, unfortunately, because it’s so expensive to ship overseas. If you live outside of the United States and want something special, send me a convo on etsy and I’ll figure out a discount for you.

I had a great response to the gift basket giveaway, and I’m please to announce that Ronnie from Georgia is the winner! Hooray! Thanks to everyone who entered. It was fun hearing from so many of you on my blog.

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What is a Mug Rug?

This useful little mug rug
for your table or your desk,
is a safe and pretty coaster
where your coffee mug can rest.

It makes a handy mouse pad
and a crumb catcher, too,
so enjoy your morning coffee
with a muffin and the news.

Mug rugs make excellent Christmas gifts, alone or as the focal point for a gift basket, with some coffee and a nice mug. Mug rugs are the perfect size for daily use, at home or even at work, for coffee at your desk. There’s room on each quilt for your cup, a computer mouse and some special treats! They have thin cotton batting and quilted densely enough to create a mat that will lie nice and flat on the table, protecting it from heat and moisture. Your rug mug is washable, just in case you splash a little coffee!

An Apple for the Teacher Mug Rug from GloryQuilts on Etsy

Check out the mug rugs and other one-of-a-kind gift items I have listed in the GloryQuilts etsy shop right now. This one would be a great Christmas gift for a favorite teacher.

I have a shipping special deal right now – an unlimited number of doll quilts and mug rugs can be added to any order with no additional shipping charges! You only pay for shipping the first item. Do your Christmas shopping early. (Does this still count as “early” for Christmas shopping?)

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I have some mug rugs available for sale at Pearson Family Farm in Ramsey, MN during their fall harvest events. It’s a great place. Their barn is full of pumpkins, squashes, broom corn, corn stalks, gourds, and all kind of fall decor. Enjoy their homegrown popcorn, browse their collection of vintage cars and farm equipment and enjoy the corn maze. Hay rides on the weekends!

GloryQuilts Mug Rugs

 

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Do you have mug rugs? Do you use them?

Mug Rug Poem (c)2015 Catherine Timmons for GloryQuilts