Christmas is a week away, and I haven’t bought a single thing for my kids’ stockings.
Thank goodness socks are an easy last-minute stocking stuffer. They even make a great last-minute Christmas gift.
Just ask my daughter who once told Santa that the only thing she wanted for Christmas was green socks. And a green box.
Hanes sent me a Christmas package with socks and t-shirts and asked if I wanted to write a post about using socks as stocking stuffers.
Little did they know that I have the best Christmas sock story ever.
the magic of santa claus
Anyone who has had a preschooler knows how much fun the holidays can be. Little people see the magic of the season in everything. Entranced by the twinkling Christmas lights, they delight in singing Christmas songs over and over again. And they can’t resist the temptation of ornaments hanging on the tree.
One of the things I love most about three and four-year-olds is that they use their imaginations without letting reality stand in the way. (That’s why I think preschool is the perfect age to visit Disney.)
At that age, Santa is real, and he is magical. He can make all their dreams come true.
Whenever possible, Santa has delivered a gift our child requested or something even better that they never imagined. That meant that we did a little coaching before our kids visited Santa, so they didn’t ask for something unachievable. Like a pony or Play-Do (I hate Play-Do).
But sometimes, your child’s grandfather comes along, and you are left scrambling for a last-minute Christmas gift.
dear santa, all I want for christmas is green socks
When my daughter was four, our family attended a Breakfast with Santa event at her school. As luck would have it, my in-laws were visiting from out-of-state.
On the way to breakfast, Papa (my father-in-law) told my daughter that she should ask Santa for green socks.
While my daughter and I waited in line for her turn on Santa’s lap, I asked her what was on her Christmas list.
I asked if there was anything else she wanted for Christmas.
green socks and a green box
And that is precisely what my daughter told Santa. She wanted green socks AND a green box. Not IN a green box. AND a green box.
That was it. No toys. Or dolls. Not even art supplies.
Green socks and a green box.
if you ask santa for green socks, you get green socks
My daughter’s request sent me on a mad scramble to buy as many pairs of green socks as I could.
Let me tell you. Finding preschool-size green socks isn’t as easy as you would think.
But Santa did not disappoint, and for Christmas that year my daughter got a pair of green socks and a green box.
The kid was crazy excited that Santa came through with her request.
More than ten years later, my daughter still has that green box and remembers that Christmas as one of her favorites.
socks are my last-minute stocking stuffer go-to
Even before that Christmas, I loved buying socks as stocking-stuffers.
Everyone needs socks.
Socks are fun, colorful, and they fill the empty nooks and crannies of a stocking. They can be used to protect fragile items or to wrap up other stocking items.
You can find a great variety of Hanes socks (including green ones) at your local Target store. And they are approved by Santa!