Mallory McInnis exists on the Internet in a variety of places, like Twitter and Pinterest, but mostly at her blog, Where the Lovely Things Are. She lives in Maine, collects vintage children’s books and believes most (if not all) things taste better when they involve cheese in a melted format (and/or guacamole).
I’m 25 years old, my younger sister is 22 and our Christmas morning ritual has not changed in the slightest since we were 15 and 12 — or even 5 and 2. We may or may not have worn matching pajamas to bed last year. Are you judging us? Probably yes, but I’m fine with it — we’re still kids at heart, our parents encourage it and, frankly, it’s awesome. The only thing that’s changed over the years is when I was about 11 or so, I introduced a soundtrack into the festivities. Now “Mom Returns & Finale” from the Home Alone score plays while we waltz dramatically downstairs into the living room. Another good song choice is “The Neverfeast” (or “The Banquet”) from the Hook score. Yes, that isn’t actual holiday fare, but if you’re a child of the ’90s like me, it sets the right atmosphere (you’re just ogling presents instead of an elaborate make-believe feast). Bangarang.
As the music merrily chimes from the speakers, we all (my parents and the family dog included) start in with the emptying of the stockings. Size-wise, Andre the Giant could have quite comfortably worn our stockings as knee socks.
I think it’s safe to say that stocking-time has always been one of my favorite parts of my family’s Christmas traditions. Stockings full of handmade goods? That would just make the whole affair even more enjoyable. The only thing better would be a stocking with a puppy in it; I’m still holding out for that happening some day.
[Left to right, top, bottom and middle rows: Geometric asteroid brooches from depeapa; “We are a happy family” card game from pintameldia; Green knit jersey bracelet from ohjustjess; Prize ribbon pin from Datter; Black floral stocking from Strathcona Stockings; Hand-knit socks from LizSox; Rainbow magic ceramic bracelet from karoArt; Grapefruit mint soap from meowmeowtweet; Bow tie from xoelle]
[Left to right, top, bottom and middle rows: Bear wooden wall ornament from teal & gold; “Cats I Know” zine from Cats I Know; Button set from sweetie pie press; Bunny pocket mirror from verkligheten; Flower coaster set from decoylab; Deer notebook from ARMINHO; Glass custer ring from UrbanRevisions; Small mountain sterling silver studs from joannarutter; Luxe linen napkins from Love, Daniella]
[Left to right, top, bottom and middle rows: Cotton pencil pouch from slide sideways; Skateboard tops from boardgames; Screen printed car from fidoodle; Beau bear puppet from The Pin Pals; Recycled denim change purse from Hummingbird Factory; Sticker set from minifanfan; Toy watch from Misako Mimoko; Little lion man from Nifty Kidstuff; Handbedruckter from heuteschmidt]
[Left to right, top, bottom and middle rows: Coloring book from LundStudios; Cupcake potholders from EmuAttacks; Kaleidoscope flora pin buttons from Zoe Ingram; Winter trees stamp set from bastisRIKE; Mountain stud earrings from pannikin; Cat notebooks from hellojenuine; Sloth bottle opener from Berkley Illustration; Notebooks from Jenny Pennywood; Papercut sticker set from myfolklover]
For 364 days of the year, you’re putting things (namely, your feet) in stockings each day. Christmas is the one day of the year that you get to pull things out of them. So find some awesome things to stock your loved one’s stocking, create your own present-opening soundtrack, and have a very merry morning.