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Christmas Stocking

All the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicolas soon might be there.  Blah, blah, you know the rest.  I’ve got my first Christmas stocking completed!  The embroidery was a killer for me.  Although I did manage to almost finish all of it in one sitting while I was at a craft show.  It was kind of fun to sit there are sew by hand.  I made some similar stockings a few years ago for my brother and his wife, very fun.

I should have named my kids Jo or Sam or something on that order.  Have you ever read the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes?  Well Natalie is a pretty long name, almost as long as Chrysanthemum.  It’s a good book to by the way if you haven’t read it already.  Anyway, the jist of the story is that all the kids make fun of Chrysanthemum because her name is so long.  A short name is quite nice when you’re embroidering it on a Christmas stocking.  Maybe I’ll take that under consideration for the future…

Of course I have to mention that Natalie’s name is kind of special in regards to Christmas (no, sorry she wasn’t born on Christmas or even close).  The name Natalie “is of Latin origin, and its meaning is “birthday”. Refers to the birthday of Christ, or Christmas”.  [according to thinkbabynames.com]  Pretty cool, no wonder the first song she sang was Happy Birthday to You. 

I think we’re going to take a trip down Christmas stocking lane in my next post.  I’ll get busy and round up some pictures of Christmas stockings of the past, this’ll be funny.  Oh, I almost forgot, I’ll post a tutorial on this by the end of the week as well!

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6 Responses to Christmas Stocking

  1. Amy 11.03.2009 at 12:24 pm #

    Great job on the embroidery! That took a lot of patience! I like the detail of the hanger…cute idea to use the ribbon and button. Very nice! I guess I won’t try embroidering my kids’ names any time soon. I definitely didn’t think out the short name thing: Timothy, Lillian and Penelope!

  2. Dahlia 11.03.2009 at 2:12 pm #

    Beautiful embroidery! And yes, we love Chrysanthemum…I feel that way with “Madeline” and having “Maddie” as a nickname really doesn’t help much on saving space :) Wonderful stocking – I think I’ll go play some Christmas music now.
    And we’re still working on the dates for Turkey Day…I’ll get back with you on that shortly!

  3. jess 11.05.2009 at 4:44 pm #

    adorable! can’t wait for the tutorial!

  4. randi 11.06.2009 at 12:17 am #

    What a cute stocking! Your hard work paid off!

  5. Katharine Devinney 05.19.2012 at 5:51 am #

    My daughter’s name is Natalie also. I just liked the name and she was born 11/11 so it wasn’t near Christmas either.

    My name is Katharine which is 2 letters longer than Natalie. It takes me forever to write my signature. lol

  6. Delia 12.18.2012 at 1:48 pm #

    This post makes me smile. We were not expecting to name our daughter Natalie. I used to have the silly notion not to name our children after anyone we knew and it bothered me when other people named their kids after our kids. But as I sat in the hospital room with my nameless daughter, I started to talk to her and call her by all the names I could think of. Natalie just seemed like the right fit. I too like that it has a relation to the birth of Christ even though she was born in March. I now love that she shares a name with your beautiful daughter and actually a name of a distant cousin (my husband has an exceptionally large family that we didn’t even know that we picked the same first and middle name as her! ha…all originality has flown the coop it seems). :)

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