The Stockings Were Hung

December 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Family

By Carin LeRoy –

As a little girl, my favorite Christmas tradition in our house was the stockings. My Mom made the whole family stockings decorated with different holiday-themed objects sewing on sequins, beads and putting our name on each one. Every December, she would hang them on our staircase. Each year I would anticipate the little gifts I’d find in it. I loved getting up early on Christmas morning and looking in my stocking. We’d find several little treasures hidden inside.

When I got married my Mom gave my Christmas stocking to me. I decided I wanted to carry on the tradition in our family and began to make my own husband and children a green felt stocking, complete with holiday-themed figures. I sewed on sequins and beads and wrote their name in glitter on each of their stockings, just like my Mom did. Even when we lived overseas, I still carried those stockings with me. Although I was thousands of miles across the ocean, those stockings still reminded me of home.

When my daughter married, she took hers and now carries on the same tradition. The only difference is that I’m sewing the stockings for her family. Every time she has a child, she wants me to create another green felt stocking. Three generations in my family have grown up with homemade stockings lovingly made by someone in the family.

As we move into this Christmas season, let’s remember some of the traditions that we’ve grown up with and share them with our children and grandchildren. Christmas isn’t all about the gifts, the busyness or the decorations. It’s about family, tradition and the birth of a Savior. Let’s remember the reason we celebrate in the first place—the miracle of the birth of Jesus and the reason He came to earth.

PRAYER: Lord, thank You for this Christmas season. Help us to enjoy our family and traditions, but remember that the birth of Your son is the reason we celebrate.

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1: 21 NIV).

Today’s devotional is by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale and mother of three grown children and one almost-grown teenager. She has been a missionary with Pioneers since 1982. Her passions are family, missions, piano, and writing to challenge others to live faithful lives for God.

About Carin LeRoy

Today's devotional is by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale and mother of three grown children and one almost-grown teenager. She has been a missionary with Pioneers since 1982. Her passions are family, missions, piano, and writing to challenge others to live faithful lives for God.

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2 Responses to “The Stockings Were Hung”
  1. Carin, I enjoyed this! There’s a new trend among some Christians to not “do” Christmas. Not just avoid Santa, but avoid the day. And that makes me sad. Yes, it’s doubtful Jesus was born exactly on December 25th, but since we aren’t sure, we can designate a day to celebrate, to honor Him. And any traditions that make that day more special increase the excitement. It’s HIS party! So I’m all for making and spreading Christmas traditions with loved ones.

    During my childhood I don’t think we ever owned “official” Christmas stockings. And we didn’t have a mantle or fireplace. But I remember a few years that we decided to use Dad’s big wool hunting socks leftover from his Army issue for Christmas stockings. I think we read it in an illustrated children’s book that the stockings used to be socks. We picked Dad’s socks since they would hold more things! Mostly, I know it contained nuts and oranges and maybe a candy cane.

    Thanks for giving me a memory flashback! And thanks for the reminder to use our traditions as part of our way to celebrate Christ’s birth-to make sure it’s still about HIM and not about US.

    Thanks for your service to the Lord as you write for TCP. Merry Christmas!

  2. Robin J. Steinweg says:

    Family traditions–so important to have!

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