Christmas stockings hung with care in the hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there...
You can hang these felt stockings if you want, but it's just as likely they'll find their way into a holiday gift packet for a friend, an office giveaway, or end up as part of a holiday party prize.
The all-felt Christmas stockings are reusable and durable enough, but the key point is their price — usually under two dollars and sometimes under one.
This makes the felt stockings felt less in the wallet and more appropriately felt as giveaways — perfect as Christmas gifts to neighbors, coworkers, and friends.
So although you can hang them by the hearth year after year if you like, they're priced like de facto favor bags — so pack them with your homemade treats.
Value packs of mini stockings are the biggest bargain of the bunch, ideal for church parties and office events where large numbers of people are involved.
Of course, we also have our share of novelty Christmas stockings — elf stockings for those who prefer Santa's help to The Man, photo stockings to personalize your hoilday display, and Toy Story Christmas stockings for the kid who clings to the idea of a commercial holiday — to keep things interesting around the house.
Here's hoping your felt stocking is filled with the heart-felt joy of the season, and plenty of toys and candy canes to boot.
Merry Christmas, ho ho ho, to all you givers of holiday gifts.