Wednesday, 22 November 2017

3 Christmas Stockings - A Dose of Encouragement



Something that has come out each year to decorate our home at Christmas are 3 red & white stockings.


I can't remember exactly when we got them (it may have been during our three years living in the US) but it was a long long time ago and even though our 3 children are all grown up and living in various countries Fred & I would still hang them up and fill them.


The kids laughed at us for doing this but I have never seen them refuse the little bits and pieces that were placed inside for them like Toblerone bars,  boxes of Maltesers,  Smarties,  etc.


Yes we all like chocolate in this family.


They also think we are very predictable because of what would be shaken out of these stockings except for the couple of different little non-edible surprises each year but as I said before - We all like chocolate in this family.





Of course now we have added a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law to the family so they get the same treatment as our two sons and daughter but we use Gift Bags instead of the three stockings which  now are hung up simply as decorations.  Hung up mostly to remind us of the old days as we can be a sentimental lot in our family too - okay - I can be sentimental.

It is good to look back and think of previous Christmases, about the happy times and the family as it grew and the coming together with others at that special time and to look now at these three stockings and say "Yes, once we were a family with 3 children and now we have grown."

Of course when we say grown we don't just mean in number from 5 to 9 because of the two grandchildren or in size because yes our boys are tall like their dad but also grown in maturity.
When we look back at these 3 stockings now we thank God for how our children have matured in their relationships with God as well.

So often Christmas is a time of what we want NOW when we think of presents and food but we need to focus back on Why we actually have Christmas each year.

We do need to be predictable and think about the same things each Christmas.


Why do we actually have Christmas each Year?

Christmas is the remembering back to Who came to earth and Why He came.

Jesus came as a baby to live and grow to be the man who was also God, the only one who could then take on our sin and punishment to be our Saviour.

Looking at our 3 stockings our prayer is that our three children and all their families (even those yet to come) will know Who came to earth that first Christmas and Why He came.




4 comments:

  1. I love this! That memory will last a long time :) There are 4 of us, but we always put up more stockings because over the years my kids made them. And since both my girls have special needs, we'll probably never be empty nesters. But those traditions do change over the years, as they grow, and it makes the memories all the warmer!

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  2. Loved your story of the three stockings. Praying for our children and grandkids and for those yet to join the family is a privilege.

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  3. I'm sewing new Christmas stockings for a baby grandgirl and a new daughter-in-love, so this story is particularly enjoyable to me right now!
    Blessings to you!

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  4. So sweet! It's so important to continue to return to and reflect on traditions that remind us of the reason we celebrate and all God has done!

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