Many of you have children. And many of you appreciate traditions like putting out stockings for Santa Claus and St. Nick.
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It was 9:00 at night on December 5th, the Eve of the feast of St. Nicholas. The children had put out their stockings and were all in bed, I think asleep!! I’m tired. All I want to do is play few games of Rummikub with Jack and then go to bed.
But NO—I must fill 5 stockings with candy, coloring books, matchbox cars and other little presents. As usual, they don’t look full enough, so I add a few apples.
Finally, I’m finished. And I’m wondering if there isn’t a better way?!?
I prayed about this as I fell asleep. In the morning I awoke with a bright idea. (Maybe it was a gift from Baby Jesus, or St. Nicholas.)
“BUY DOUBLE STOCKINGS FOR EACH CHILD.”
That was the solution—2 identical stockings for each child. (Yesterday I saw Christmas stockings at Dollar Tree for $1.)
Several days prior to the date when they were needed, when the children were not around, I pulled out one set of stockings, fill them, and hide them until needed.
Then, on December 5th, and again on December 24th, I would bring out the other set for the children to set out. (Usually this meant laying them on the couch.)
After the children were asleep, I would simply pull out the filled stockings and trade them for the empty ones. The children never suspected that I had this secret time saver because I hid the empty set.
Jack and I could play Rummikub and go to bed.
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