Monday, December 21, 2015

Remembering the stockings




As I washed and dried the apples for this little fruit bowl, I thought about the fruit that Santa Claus used to leave in our stockings when we were children. 

When Shelby, Jackie, and I were young, we hung up one of Daddy's socks. We didn't have a red furry store bought stocking, but picked out the longest of Daddy's socks we could find in the drawer. Even picking out a sock to hang was exciting at Christmas time, and how funny Daddy's socks always looked, stretched out real long, bulging with fruit, and hanging from a nail.

On Christmas morning there would always be an apple or an orange stuffed down into the toe of the sock, then nuts and candies, then another apple or orange, more nuts and candy and a tangerine. This fruit that Santa brought was special and tasted better than fruit from the kitchen. It really did, didn't it?

This morning my new red butter dish jumped out of the refrigerator and broke into pieces!



Seriously, it is not meant for me to have a butter dish...and I was so proud of this one. Why Poppy and I had been without a butter dish for ages, then when Andee and I were out Christmas shopping about two weeks ago, I found this red one. All I did was open the refrigerator door! 

It is always so exciting to see a new follower. Thank you so much!  Getting late here and Poppy needs the computer. :) Be back soon.

Love,
Henny





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  1. In England we had pillowcases laid at the bottom of our beds filled with fruits and nuts.
    Then Father Christmas would leave our presents inside the pillow case :)
    So sorry to see your little red butter dish has now gone, I'm sure another will come along.
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year my dear friend.
    ~Jo

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    1. Merry Christmas Jo! I love hearing that you use the pillowcases at Christmas. I love hearing anything about England.

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  2. This is what I have been thinking about since Sunday when we got our treat bags from church. They always have fruit mixed nuts, chocolate drops and red bird candy canes.
    Love you!

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    1. Vicki, the chocolate drops and chocolate covered cherries were always around at Christmas. Both of those were Daddy's favorites. Love you Vicki. Merry Christmas!

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  3. It WAS a cute butter dish. I'm sorry it crashed. I ate so many tangerines today. Yum.

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  4. My family didn't have Christmas stockings, but Tom always comments about the tangerine in the toe.
    Oh, the red butter dish. What a lovely little ruin.

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    1. Hey Linda! A lovely little ruin. That's right! Merry Christmas!

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  5. I am so sorry your red butter dish broke. I had a pretty one cup teapot and cup and wouldn't you know it that I had to break the cup! Nancy

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    1. Thank you Nancy! I hate breaking part of a set. It ruins the whole thing! Merry Christmas!

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  6. We used the same Christmas stocking...one of Dad's socks. Nice memory.

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  7. We never had stockings growing up but I think it is great fun and we all have stockings here! The grands love it!! Your red butter dish was so pretty too! :(

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    1. Thank you! I'll probably never find another red butter dish! Merry Christmas!

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  8. Such a shame about the butter dish. We didn't have a stocking but we had a pillowcase that my Mum embroidered our name on which was used, lovely memories. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. Jo commented about the pillowcases used at Christmas. Your name embroidered would make it so special! Merry Christmas!

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  9. We always had stockings, my great granny had knitted some very large ones, and there was an orange and a sixpenny piece in the toe. Then the rest was filled with lots of little things, wooden toys that my grandfather had made, new gloves that Granny had knitted and so on. I make stockings and fill with hand made goodies for lots of my family and friends.

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    1. Pam, that is so sweet. Now that would be a fun stocking to look in on Christmas morning. You do so much for people. Merry Christmas!

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  10. How dare that butter dish do that! It could have at least waited till you got past Christmas.

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    1. Oh Marty, that is so true. That red dish would have been so pretty on the table at Christmas! Merry Christmas!

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  11. So sorry about the beautiful butter dish and it had such a nice handle on it too! Now you will have fun searching for a replacement.

    Shirley H.

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    1. Merry Christmas Shirley! I did like that nice big handle!

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  12. I sometimes wonder if instead of falling out of the refrigerator the refrigerator kicks them out. Love the red.

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    1. That is so funny. It came out of the refrigerator like it had been kicked! Merry Christmas to you both!

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  13. What a lovely memory about your stockings. I am fortunate to still have my Christmas stocking that I have had since I was a baby. So sorry about your butter dish!

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    1. That is neat that you still have your stocking. You do have lots of keepsakes from your family. Merry Christmas to you and Chuck!

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  14. I have been reading your blog for several years now...yours and Far Side. I enjoy them very much. Merry Christmas to you and Poppy!

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    1. Thank you so much. What a compliment to be included with Far Side. She writes such a great blog. I like her too. Merry Christmas!

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  15. I remember getting fruit in my stocking as a kid and the book of life savers to and maybe a pencil or two or pencil crayons or some little thing like these . Oh I am sorry about your butter dish hope you can find another red one ! I follow and read a lot of the same blogs as mentioned I do enjoy a variety of reads and photos ! Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas .

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    1. I remember those books of life savers. That was always a quick gift to pick up for a child. I enjoy your blog and Miggs always makes me smile! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

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  16. catching up on posts since I missed a few while traveling. your poor little butter dish apparently choose to go out with a bang. Hoping no more dishes do themselves in this season!

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    1. Well it went out with a bang alright! I am so far behind with everything right now! Merry Christmas!!

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  17. I am so very sorry your lovely red butter dish flew out of the fridge and broke. And you had had it for such a short time, too. Do you think you'll find another one like it?
    We hadn't even heard of hanging stockings way back when I was a girl. Even if we had I don't think my dad would have agreed to let us hang them. He was not really very nice and most of my Christmas memories are sad ones. But, as Vicki put it in a recent post, the past makes us into the people we are today.

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    1. Thank you. I'll probably not find another red butter dish like that one. :) I'm sorry about the sad memories of Christmas. When you mentioned Vicki if you meant my niece, who leaves me comments, well she really did go through some sad times at Christmas and other times too because of her dad, my brother. He was a good man, but an alcoholic. Vicki came through it all and is such a sweet person. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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  18. Oh no it was such a pretty butter dish too!!
    Nice memories. I never had a Christmas stocking.

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    1. Thank you. Sure hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

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  19. Strange how something jumps out of the fridge or off the shelf. I had an experience like that last week where a measuring cup of water jumped off the fireplace mantel. I don't know why I left it there in the first place but it had been there for a few weeks when one day it just jumped off. Fortunately it isn't glass. Your red butter dish was so very pretty too. I do remember the days of using socks from home for stuffing. It was a lot of fun. These days I put up pretty store bought socks but never actually put anything int hem unless kiddos are coming ;-) Merry Christmas!

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    1. It is amazing how thing fall and spill and break...I have no idea why that butter dish fell out of the refrigerator! :) I still hang stocking from the mantle too but we don't put anything in them. Stockings looks so pretty and Christmasy! Merry Christmas!!

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    2. It is amazing how thing fall and spill and break...I have no idea why that butter dish fell out of the refrigerator! :) I still hang stocking from the mantle too but we don't put anything in them. Stockings looks so pretty and Christmasy! Merry Christmas!!

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    3. It is strange how things fall and break and spill. I have no idea how that butter dish fell out and broke. :) I still hang stockings on the mantle too. They look so pretty and cheerful. Merry Christmas!!

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  20. As we creep closer to Christmas, may I take this opportunity to tell you how much I always enjoy your blog Henny and I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and all good in the New Year. So sorry to see what happened to your bright red butter dish. If that is the worse thing that happens to you folks for awhile....you will be glad, I'm sure. Blessings to you both, and your critters too!

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    1. Diane, thank you so much!! You're right. I hope that butter dish breaking is the worst thing that happens this holiday season. I have sure appreciated your encouraging words about my blog. Merry Christmas to you!!

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  21. Oh, so sorry about the butter dish. I know how nice it is to get something that is just right that you have wanted for awhile and then have something happen to it. Those red ones are slippery devils!

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    1. Merry Christmas Vic. I didn't know the red ones were the slippery ones! :) Hope I can find time to do one more post before Christmas, but in case I don't, have a very merry Christmas!

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  22. Aw, frustrating about the butter dish:( I don't really remember having stockings as a kid. We used to put a big paper grocery back at the bottom of the bed!

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  23. Hey Karen. How neat that you used a big paper grocery bag. Poppy says they, there were five kids, each had a shoe box that they put out for Santa. Isn't it fun to hear all these different ways at Christmas. Hope you and Larry have a wonderful Christmas!

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