Origins of the Christmas Stocking

Hanging a Christmas stocking was commonly found many fireplaces during the Christmas holidays. Each family member had special one that was waiting to be filled by Santa Claus!

According to one legend, St. Nicholas (who many believed to be the original Santa Claus), attempted to give a impoverished family some gold to help them. At the beginning, the family refused, despite facing great hardships. Therefore, St. Nicholas threw in bags of gold into the family’s stockings that were drying at the fireplace.

Stocking Stuffer Problems

First of all, the modern day Christmas stocking stuffer typically composed of plastic trinkets for the little ones. Initially, the novelty of these plastic trinkets caused instant joy and happiness. However, this excitement wquickly faded. At the end, the adults of the family would find these plastic trinkets lost. Many hid under couches and furniture. Frustration escalated quickly…..

Stocking Stuffer Solutions

Here is a few are eco-friendly and reusable Christmas stuffers solutions.

  • Seed packets: Seed packets are great for little ones to discover about gardening. Imagine eating your own carrot!
  • Card games: Children and even adults enjoy games, but board games often are large to setup. Plus, they are not very portable. So, as a stocking stuffers, card games fit into the stocking too.
  • Scavenger Hunt: This is may take a bit of planning. You can walk around the children’s neighbourhood. Then, you write down a list of items or buildings that the child may see. This activity helps the child to get to know the neighbourhood better too!
  • Thank You Cards: To be honest, most of the time, we are very busy with the daily activities that we may forget to thank our little ones. Imagine their smile when they read how you are thankful when they do their chores or help others!

Finally, in regards, to the stocking itself, it’s time to look for ones with sustainable fabrics and made by local artisans to support local small business, agree?

 


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24 thoughts on “Ecofriendly Holiday Stocking Stuffing Time

  1. Reply
    Nisha Arnold
    December 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    What great ideas! I love the seeds idea. I’m thinking about adding it to my children’s stockings this year!

  2. Reply
    Deborah Kos
    December 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I would also like to see sustainable fabric made locally for holiday stockings. I like your idea of adding card games in the stockings.

  3. Reply
    Kourtney
    December 1, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you so much for the tips! These are definitely unique ideas, and I love finding new ways to help reduce waste 🙂

  4. Reply
    Kat
    December 1, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    I think these are some really good ideas. There is so much plastic these days! I like the idea of putting in a pack of cards or doing a scavenger hunt.

  5. Reply
    Lavrax
    December 2, 2018 at 12:53 am

    This is such a great idea for a post! I don’t normally do Christmas stockings, but I would absolutely be guilty of filling it with plastic without even thinking about it! These are really great alternatives x

  6. Reply
    Louise curtis
    December 2, 2018 at 2:01 am

    What a lovely post!! Truly brings the Christmas spirit x

  7. Reply
    Chelsea
    December 2, 2018 at 2:47 am

    This is such a lovely post – and some great ideas!
    It’s certainly true about the ridiculous amount of plastic, especially during this season. These would make such thoughtful little fillers as well as eco-friendly.
    Really enjoyed this, thank you!

    Chelsea | twoofamind.com

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    Elizabeth Tabler
    December 2, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    I love the idea of seed packets for my little one. She has a burgeoning love of gardening. What a great idea! Great post!

  9. Reply
    Vivian
    December 2, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Love the comments!

  10. Reply
    Baby Boomer Super Saver
    December 2, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Wonderful stocking stuffer ideas, especially the seed packets! Native seeds are great, too. Other eco-friendly items we’ve added to stockings include mini-books about nature (knowledge about the natural world is important), wooden toothbrush, wooden eating utensils, metal drinking straws, Fair Trade chocolate and locally made treats.
    Happy Holidays!

  11. Reply
    Tara
    December 3, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Didn’t know the history about Christmas stockings… Thanks for sharing.. Lovely post.. ????
    https://makeupandlifestyle.com/20-gift-ideas-for-her/

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    Jade
    December 3, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Some great festive ideas! I think trying to gift eco-friendly and reusable items is much better than using more plastic. Anything to help the environment and future generations is important. I also love your seed idea, not only are we encouraging to not waste resources, but we also encourage children to plant new life and get them more involved with nature.

  13. Reply
    Ash
    December 3, 2018 at 10:02 am

    These are such good ideas, there’s so much unnecessary waste every Christmas

  14. Reply
    Chloe
    December 3, 2018 at 10:31 am

    These are some really good ideas. I’m trying to be more eco friendly this Christmas and these are some great ideas for stocking stuffers. Thank you!

  15. Reply
    Ashley Firth
    December 3, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    What a great post! I love reading all about the history of Christmas and where our traditions come from 🙂

  16. Reply
    Siobhain McKenna
    December 3, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Really good ideas

  17. Reply
    Rachel
    December 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Awesome list! I always try to look for fillers that will be used. This year Chris will be getting some boxers with corgis :D. Also, I really enjoyed your intro where you took the time to research and lay it out.

    Cheers xx

    Rachel | http://www.myspottedblog.com

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    Rio
    December 4, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Oh your post is really interesting. 2 things I liked about it: 1, I didnt know that tradition began in that way and 2, i like the environment sustainability angle 🙂

    – Rio, http://www.rioribaya.wordpress.com

  19. Reply
    Teresa Lynn Jeffris
    December 5, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Lovely post!

  20. Reply
    Nina
    December 6, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I have never done Christmas stockings, but these are great ideas. I especially like the seed packets and the scavenger hunt.

  21. Reply
    Natasha
    December 8, 2018 at 10:00 am

    This a great list of alternatives! I am going to be referring back to this shortly! I am very guilty of filling my kids stockings with plastic, that get lost all over the place. Awesome ideas!

  22. Reply
    Marie
    December 8, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Great ideas! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  23. Reply
    Suzanne (FibroMomBlog)
    December 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

    These are great ideas! I love how you talked about the origin of stockings I think many people forget.

  24. Reply
    Kari/BlogLove
    December 11, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    So many really fun ideas to do! I will definitely do some of these things with my family! Thank you so much for sharing!

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