The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.”
– A Visit From Saint Nicholas
This History of the Christmas Stocking
One of the most iconic symbols of Christmas is the Christmas stocking hanging by the chimney with care. Do you know how the tradition began? There are reports dating back to the early 1800’s that record this tradition and they remain strong today. The story about the Christmas stocking starts with a recently widowed man and father of three girls. They were struggling to make ends meet and the father was worried that their impoverished status would make it hard for them to find good husbands.
St. Nicholas happened to be visiting the town where the distraught father lived. He heard the village people talking of the problem, but learned that the father would refused to accept a charitable donation. One night, St. Nicholas slipped into the family’s house via the chimney and found the girls’ freshly washed stockings hanging by the fire place to dry . He slipped a bundle of gold coins in each stocking and left before the family woke up. When they did the father was thrilled to learn he could now rest easy and marry his daughter’s off to good husbands.
Must Have Stocking Stuffers For 2016:
Now that the tradition has been solved, you may be searching for some “golden” Nuggets to place inside. 1Heart1Family has searched through a ton of toys and this is our top selection for stocking stuffers for 2016:
Look no further for your stocking stuffing needs, as Cloud b, HEXBUG, Nickelodeon and Teletubbies have made holiday shopping a breeze this season with pint-sized toys that are fun for all ages!
1.. HEXBUG AquaBot Wahoo!
My kids have been obsessed with HEXBUGs since these little robots crawled into existence. From land to water, HEXBUGs provide hours of pleasure. This year, HEXBUG has released its newest deep sea divers with HEXBUG AquaBot Wahoo! Using the power of motorized propulsion this creature of the blue spins and whirls through its underwater surroundings with magnificent ease. It is fast, it is fun and very entertaining.
Ages: 3+ Years
Available at t Toys R Us, Mastermind Toys and HEXBUG.com
2. Sweet Dreamz On The Go
When my kids were babies, they always fell asleep to music. Whether it was me singing to them or a lullaby, the gentle tones would ease them off to la-la land. Thanks to Cloud B, you can bring the comfort and relaxation on the road with you with the Sweet Dreamz On The Go! It is an all-in-one baby soother to calm fussy and tired babies. Adorable Owl has a built in nightlight face with long with calming sounds and melodies. From the sound of a mother’s heartbeat to a soothing “shhh”sound to your favourite tranquil lullabies, your baby will be able to fall asleep easier on the go.
Ages: 0+ Years
Available at independent toy, gift and baby stores across Canada
What toddler doesn’t like bugs? When my DD was little she use to love watching her brother’s HEXBUGs run around and bump into things. Unfortunately, they were too small for her to play with. HEXBUG has expanded into the realm of innovative toddler toys with HEXBUG® Cuddlebot. These robo-buddies are round, durable, and completely child safe.
Ages: 18-36 Months
Available at Mastermind Toys
4. 6″ Teletubbies Super Soft Plush Toy
It’s time for Teletubbies! That’s right! Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are back to entertain a whole-new generation of preschoolers as they play, learn, laugh and explore the whimsical world of Teletubbyland. With 6″ Super Soft Plush toys and 8″ Talking Plush Toys released just in time for the holidays, you can share your childhood friend with your children!
Ages: 18+ Months
Available at Walmart and Toys “R” Us
My kids love stuffies! The more the merrier! They take over their bed, their toy box and even their shelves, but they love each and every one of them! Their newest favourite stuffy is the Whiffer Sniffers. These adorable scented plush characters have quirky personalities to match their scents. Fun characters like Blueberry and Pizza, these stuffies are flying off the shelves. Available in collectible backpack clips, a huggable supersize plush, and nostalgic scratch n’ sniff stickers, they are the sweet treat without the sugar in your stocking this year!
Ages: 3+ years
MSRP: Backpack clip: $7.99 Huggable supersize: $17.99 Scratch ‘n’ Sniff stickers: $2.50.
Available at specialty retailers and online at http://whiffersniffers.com/
To get you started on your Stocking Stuffers, 1Heart1Family is offering a giveaway for 3 Whiffer Sniffer clips!
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