In our dreams, most of us would leave festive, felted stockings by the fireplace so Father Christmas could fill them up after coming down the chimney. In reality, we don’t even know anyone who has a chimney any more, and hanging them on the radiator doesn’t seem Christmassy at all.
Maura, a 34 year-old primary school teacher, says that having two children under the age of six has given her a very different understanding of stockings. ‘When I was little, I’d get really grumpy if I thought Santa had given me a duff stocking, and before I had kids I vowed to make them the most fabulous, festive stockings ever. Life, however, inevitably gets in the way.’
She says that she’s learning how to get maximum magic with minimal effort, however. ‘Bulky items are great. Last year, my eldest loved a panic-bought bucket and spade set, I think because it took up so much space in the stocking that it was really satisfying! Anything colourful that comes in its own wrapping is easy for me, and is usually a hit with them. It doesn’t need to be expensive. I think they just want stuff that’s big and bright.”