My very favorite Christmas morning tradition has always been the stockings. It’s probably because Santa was so good about filling them with all kinds of unexpected surprises. Sure, my sisters and I had our fair share of oranges and the occasional toothbrush. But we also would find dozens of little treasures: favorite candies, fuzzy socks, make-up, scratchers tickets, bubble bath. All the things we loved but didn’t necessarily ask for on our Christmas wishlists. But we all know stockings that magnificent cannot be filled by Santa, alone. No, for such a task, he usually relies on his most trusted advisor: the Fab Housewife of the family.
After I got married, I discovered that Santa loves my husband’s family just as much as my own family. Santa’s helper stuffs those stockings to the brim. In fact, they can’t even be hung by the chimney with care, that’s how heavy they are. They must lean against a wall, so as to prop up all the spillage. It’s such a glorious sight on Christmas morning!
So you can imagine the disappointment my mother-in-law felt (though she wasn’t my mother-in-law at the time) during her first Christmas without Grandma there. She went to her stocking, only to find it empty. “Nothing,” she cried, “not even an orange! Flat, flat flat!” Then she turned and stomped from the room. You can imagine my husband and his Dad and siblings felt pretty awful. So, they did what any loving family would do: they taunted and tormented her, and have continued to do so every year since. Not a single stocking-opening event can ever go by without a “flat, flat, flat” sneer. And say what you will about my mother-in-law’s little tantrum, but it’s also a fact that her stocking has never been flat, flat, flat again.
Don’t Let Her Stocking Go ‘Flat’
It’s a sad truth that it’s the Moms and Grandmas who are most often overlooked come stocking time, even though they work so hard to make sure everyone else has a magical Christmas. That’s why I’ve created my own stocking wishlist, filled with things just about any Fab Housewife would love to find on Christmas morning. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comment section below, and pass it on to your significant other. Just a gentle reminder that Santa’s busiest helper would love some love on Christmas, too!
Fab Housewife Stocking Wishlist
1) Flying Bird Ornament, $24; 2) Feather Statement Necklace, $20; 3) Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $8; 4) Diptyque Candle, $60; 5) Dining Room Measuring Spoons, $24; 6) Seamstress Bracelet, $65; 7) Rococo Holders, $12; 8) Flower Crystal Spike Stud Earings, $30; 9) Chantilly Spoon Rest, $20; 10) Archer Scarf, $135; 11) Honeydew Polka-Dot Bralette & Undies, $34 & $16; 12) Glitter iPhone Case, $25; 13) Crystal Starlet Earings, $35; 14) Stella Bow Ring, $37; 15) Limited Edition Baked Eye Color Palette, $48; 16) Amazing Grace Salt Scrub, $23