Too much excitement just might kill me!
Remember when you were a kid, it always felt like Christmas took forever to arrive? And then you get old and it just sneaks up on you out of nowhere!
Monkey will be about 17 months at Christmas, and stuffing his stocking is proving to be trickier than I would have expected. Clearly I’m not the only one having this problem, given the number of forum posts I turned up googling “18 month old boy Christmas stocking ideas”. You don’t ask Google to help with every aspect of your life? No? Just me then.
Anyway. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. Monkey has zero interest in stuffed animals, so we’ll have none of those. My family has a tradition of always stuffing the toe of the stocking with a pair of socks, so that’s a start. He loves when we blow bubbles, so I need to find some of those. There was a cute little wooden toy stand in the shopping centre the other day, so I grabbed him a froggy castanette, a bumble bee marracca and a soldier recorder pipe type thing. They were only a few dollars each and I hope he’ll enjoy the racket they make! Santa also always leaves a book, so I’ve got an adorable finger puppet book with a monkey in it! (And a matching one with an owl that will be a gift from Mummy and Daddy – there is a whole series and they’re so cute, the cousins are getting one each too. Thanks MODG!). Like all kids (all humans?) he loves chocolate, so he’ll get small bag of chocolate chips. And its customary in my family to get a handmade decoration for the tree. I already made this felt square wreath from a tutorial I found here:
but I’m not sure if I like it, so I might have a go at something else if I get time. Hubs suggested a couple of little bouncy balls, so I’ll be on the lookout for those as well, and some kind of fruit, probably seedless grapes.
The other challenge of course is working out how much stuff will actually fit in the stocking! I think I might be getting close with that list – we only do stocking sized stockings, not these huge sacks that you see around nowadays.