Christmas Stockings & Stocking Stuffers for the Home & Office
We all know the words, or at least have heard them.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads...
Few of us realize these lines date back to 1823, when "A Visit from St. Nicholas" was published anonymously. Only after twenty-one years had passed did Clement Clarke Moore come forward as the author of the poem. Clement Moore was more accomplished as a scholar and wheeler and dealer of real estate than as a poet, but that's beside the point and beyond the scope of this footer.
The poem has since become central to the American experience of Christmas, and Christmas stockings hung by the hearth are central to our image of what Christmas should be. Now let's fast forward to present day. A few things have changed since Mr. Moore put his thoughts to paper in early 19th century New York City.
- The hearth, once essential for heat and communal gatherings, no longer exists in many American homes. It has been replaced by thermostats and central heaters, both of which are less-than-optimal locations for Christmas stockings.
- The Christmas stocking has expanded its reach into regions hitherto unexplored. You're likely to find Christmas stockings hanging on classroom walls, in office cubicles, and even fluttering from the windows of speeding cars.
- Most Christmas stockings are no longer made by hand. They're mass produced, which is perfectly okay because this makes them much more affordable. This, in turn, opens them to variety of new uses, i.e., as ad hoc favor bags.
- Visions of sugarplums no longer dance in our heads. Few people know what a sugarplum is or have ever seen one, unless they're on their second bottle of Chianti as they binge watch holiday specials.
- St. Nick is still around, but he's known as "Santa" and he wears a suit from Party City. He has circled a date on his calendar for a pub crawl next year.
This concludes our discursive history lesson, as we focus on the topic of Christmas stockings.
Christmas Stockings & Stuffers at Party City: Your Options
Felt Christmas Stockings: You can hang these inexpensive felt Christmas stockings by the hearth, 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. And if your kids need new Christmas stockings or bigger stockings, stuff them as much as you want – they'll hold up to the abuse.
Deluxe Christmas Stockings: Should you plan to keep a stocking for years to come, or give a keepsake stocking to a family member or friend, choose a fully lined deluxe fabric Christmas stocking with ornamentation, faux fur trim, and so on. It will cost a few dollars more, but in the long run, you'll think of it as money well-spent.
Mini Christmas Stockings: It's possible to hang mini stockings by the hearth, and this might even be a good idea if all members of the house are the size of a Chihuahua. Really, they're meant to hold small gifts and treats or to be used as decorations. Value packs of mini Christmas stockings are the biggest bargain you'll find on this page, ideal for church parties and office events where large numbers of people are involved.
Stocking Stuffers: It makes no sense to buy Christmas stockings for kids without the stuffers to fill them. That's why we also provide plenty of candy, small toys, and favors that fit neatly into those stockings, to the delight of the children.
Stocking Stuffer Kits: Stuffer kits are quick ‘n easy gift kits for kids, friends, and even pets. They offer a few advantages:
- A single click adds the Christmas stocking and stuffers to go with it to your shopping cart.
- All stuffers fit within the stocking, guaranteed. Yes, we've gone to the trouble of testing it out for you. It ain't just marketing spin.
- There's that much more time left over to binge watch holiday specials and drink Chianti.