Handmade Holiday – Stockings and Santa Sacks

Handmade Holiday – Stockings and Santa Sacks

Years ago I bought some beautiful velvety Christmas stockings and held on to them. When it was just my husband and I we just used some fun stockings I had but I hoped that one day we’d have a family and I’d have matching stockings to fill each year.

After years of infertility treatments, I stuck them in a box and put them in the attic. They were a reminder each Christmas of our struggles.  At the time I was working for hospice and decided I needed a change. I needed to see the beginning of life and take a break from getting a daily dose of the end of life.

My husband’s grandmother grew up in a local orphanage and it just so happened they had a job opening in my field. I applied and within 3 weeks started a new job. Within 2 years I had left that job to adopt our son. It wasn’t the journey I expected or the result I was looking for but I fell in love with a little boy who was at the time living in one of the group homes on our campus.

Five years later he shares our last name and all of our love.  When I got our stockings out this year I noticed they had really taken a beating over the years. There were lots of threads and tears around the seams. Now I will take some responsibility for that because I fill them full and my two guys tend to be peekers!

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It’s a constant fight of, “Are you poking your stocking again?!” for the entire month of December.  I am very guilty of going overboard for Christmas. Our son is now 17 years old and I’m still desperately trying to make up for the first 12 years of his life that he didn’t have gifts under the tree or big family Christmas dinners. So yeah, I filled those stockings so full and enjoy every single second of it.

Where am I going with this? It’s time for new stockings! I can retire these for something new for our family to have next Christmas in our new home and I’m excited!

So let me share with ya’ll some of the favorites that I found on Etsy while I was on my search! Each photograph is from a different Etsy shop so if you see something you like be sure you click directly on that picture.

I just love this mix of buffalo plaid and faux fur on a stocking. Its perfect for your country home. Personalized Christmas stocking, custom stocking, Christmas stocking, Christmas decor.


I really love the classic look of these Christmas stockings. They are simply elegant. Personalized Christmas Stockings Velvet 19″ Luxury Faux Fox Fur Cuff Christmas Stocking Embroidered with Names Velvet Stockings


There is a lovely vintage feel to this set of stockings. I remember as a little girl my aunt had a similar set that she had made and today 33 years later she’s still using them. They are timeless. Personalized Large 28″ Knitted Christmas Stockings Red Grey White Intarsia Fair Isle Nordic Modern Christmas Stockings for Holidays


Simple knitted stockings would be beautiful along your fireplace. Personalized Christmas Stocking 21″ Red Knitted Embroidered by Beccas Bows


I love the mix of fur and knit! I think they be the winner at our house! I also love the hanging name tags! Stocking Decoration, Name Tag, Custom Name Tag, Present Name Tag, Christmas Decoration, Christmas Stocking Name, Gold Name Tag, Silver


In our house, our animals are part of our family and they have their own stockings! So I love this bone stocking for your furry family members. Pet Christmas Stockings, Personalized Dog Bone Stocking, Dog Stocking, Personalized Stocking, Cat Fish Stocking, Red Green or Winter White

Every year I have at least 1 gift under the tree that looks like it’s been mauled by a bear! Paper in multiple directions, so much tape it takes a knife to get it reopened. Just so misshaped and crazy I can’t help but laugh so this year I ordered a few Santa sacks just to keep on hand. They are perfect! Here are a few of my favorites!


This year is the first time I’ve seen this design and while I don’t have a little girl in my life to buy this for I really wanted to share it. It’s just the cutest! Girl Santa Sack – Personalized Santa Sack for Girls – Personalized Santa Sack


Santa sacks make life a little easier when it comes to those oddly shaped gifts! Bag for presents, Christmas bag, Christmas gift, custom Santa sack, oversized Santa sack, personalized Christmas bag.


This Santa sack had a hint of the ugly sweater look to it and I just thought it was adorable! Personalized canvas Santa sack, Santa sack, Christmas bag, Santa bag


This Santa Sack is a little different. This is for your kids to fill with toys to donate back to Santa for children in need. This is a WONDERFUL idea! Santa Sacks – old toys for Santa sack – Santa Bag – Santa’s toy Bag – return to Santa – Santa’s little helper


Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share some of these great items with you and as always thank you for shopping and supporting small and handmade businesses.











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