On Christmas morning, my daughters love digging into their stockings to see what Santa has left. It’s funny how what he leaves isn’t all that different from what he left me, when I was a kid, 30 years ago – except, I think he probably leaves more for my children than what I got back then.
It made me wonder if he leaves the same types of things in every child’s stocking in Ireland, or whether it varies, so I posted up on my facebook page to get some ideas and here they are…
1. An Orange!
2. Little ‘Pocket Money‘ toys like puzzles, pencils, colours, skipping ropes, card games, marbles, balloons or little gizmos
3. Tube of Christmas Sweets or Chocolate Coins
4. Hygiene products like a tooth brush and toothpaste
5. Small items of clothing like underwear, socks, pajamas, hats or gloves
6. Books, colouring books, annuals, calenders
7. Treats that your parents wouldn’t buy like chewing gum and coke
I’ve categorised the loot into seven categories, but what I discovered is that Santa seems to leave the same type of stuff in most stockings – provided the kid is on his good list.
I love the way Santa is so balanced – he leaves very sensible stuff like toothbrushes, underwear and fruit (which probably end up in the family fruit bowl and eaten by an adult!) but he keeps the child happy by giving stuff they really enjoy like small toys and treats.
Maybe next year I’ll see if anyone on my facebook page has ever received a stocking with coal in it!
PS. If Santa leaves other stuff in your child’s stocking, I’d love to hear it, so please comment below!