Christmas stockings used to contain small gifts like fruit, candy, nuts etc. But recently the trend has changed and more expensive gifts are found in Christmas stockings nowadays.
The first illustration and description of Christmas stockings in North American literature were by illustrator Thomas Nast and writer George Webster in a storybook about Santa Claus.
Each year, we bring out the Christmas decorations box from the attic and wonder if there is anything we can do to make the Christmas décor look a little different this time (without straining the budget, of course!). The answer, fortunately, is YES! A little creativity, a tube of good old glue, and we are good to go.
If you are using Christmas stockings from last year, you can always add a new trim using lace, leftover pieces of fabric and decorative cording. You can even use dried flowers, pinecones, or decorations from your Christmas tree to adorn the stockings.
A lot depends on how you hang your Christmas Stockings over the mantle. In order to keep the hanging bit simple and look still festive, try wrought iron stocking hangers and hooks. You can opt for a simple hook if you want the focus to stay on the stockings or try something whimsical. You can order these stocking hangers and hooks online, with your initials, the family sir name spelled out, or any Christmas related figures like a Christmas tree, a reindeer, snowflakes, angels, whatever tickles your fantasy. Wrought iron Christmas stocking hooks are stylish and sturdy, you don’t have to worry about them getting faded or rusting in the attic. Their neutral color and look makes them ideal for any kind of décor or theme that you choose.
Starting as low as $9.45, wrought iron stocking hangers and hooks are a great one-time investment where Christmas décor is concerned. The hooks are available in different sizes in order to fit different mantle sizes.
To create a different look each year, try the following tips:
- You can string garlands of fresh or dried flowers, Holly or mistletoe across your mantle to create a beautiful Christmas stockings display. Silk bows tied to the Stocking Hangers and Hooks also look very fetching. You can add a rope of fairy lights to match your current décor. This can be looped around the stocking hangers and then left to trail along the sides of the fireplace to give it a fairytale look.
- You can reuse old Christmas stockings to create new ones by using glue and glitter to write initials or names on stockings. You can also make different decorative patterns or motifs using this technique. Adding pompoms, tassels, ribbons and other decorations can help create a new look from old Christmas decorations as well. You can try using lace on the cuffs of stockings as well.
Anything goes as long as you have a sturdy mechanism of hanging your Christmas Stockings, since they will get heavy once filled and you wouldn’t want the entire fireplace décor to come crashing down to the floor. The simplest and tension free way to achieve your mantle décor dream is to use wrought iron stocking hangers or hooks to hang the Christmas stockings, and then building the rest of the theme around them.
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