Many, many years ago (we'll just say 30+), my mother cross-stitched my Christmas stocking. It had a little rhyme about Santa on it and my name on the bottom. Fast forward to mine and Jeremy's first Christmas as a married couple. The first present I ever gave him was his stocking. Mom dug out the pattern from all those years ago, and I bought the supplies and stitched it myself. I made it pretty much the same, but with a few little changes. When our children came along, their first Christmas present was always their handmade stocking, with their own little design to it. And then there was Everett. I have just finished his stocking. Yes, he's almost 2 years old and this is his 2nd Christmas. I tried my best to get it done last year, but it just never happened. Here's my list of excuses: 1. We were still settling into our new house, 2. I was still adjusting to having 4 kids, 2 of which were now in school, 3. If I sat still for longer than 10 minutes I would fall asleep since Everett was still getting up to eat in the middle of the night. All good excuses in my book. But it's finished this year, so all 6 are hanging and waiting to be filled. I hope my kids will love their stockings as much as I love mine, and for the same reason. Because their mommy made it just for them!