MerryStockings carries over 50 different Christmas stocking kits and we have been offering a promotion this year for those customers that buy that product. The promotion has been that if you complete the kit and send a picture back to us, we'll send you a coupon to save $5 on your next Christmas stocking kit order. Today we received a photo from Phyllis B. who sent a picture of a kit entitled Snowman and Friends. This particular kit is a Needlepoint kit made by Dimensions Crafts. For more information on the product itself, click here: Needlepoint Christmas Stocking Kits. Thanks again to Phyllis. Here is the photo:
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MerryStockings, as revealed in previous posts, has created a few new stocking lines for the upcoming season. Although it's only July, we have placed them on our site today. Here is a quick summary of how to get to those new products:
Cable knit stockings: http://www.merrystockings.com/cableknit-personalized-christmas-stocking-white.html
Cabin series stockings: http://www.merrystockings.com/cabin-series-christmas-stocking-moose.html
Thanks for stopping by and we are confident you'll love our new lines.
MerryStockings is very excited about our new line of Needlepoint Christmas stockings. We recently had a few days in the photography studio and have our imagery ready for the website. The products will be live on the site this week. For those that would like a sneak peek at the new Needlepoint stockings, here ya go:
Today is an exciting day for MerryStockings. We received our first batch of two new product lines: our wool Christmas stockings and needlepoint Christmas stockings. We painstakingly created both lines in preparation for the 2011 season and we are very excited about continuing to round out our product line. Being the most comprehensive source for Christmas stockings on the web is our goal and we are working hard to achieve that each day. This post will include photos of the new product lines. These pictures were shot in the office from an iPhone so they are not the greatest images. We are set to have a photo shoot just after the fourth of July, where at that point we will upload brand new imagery to the site. But for now, these photos will have to do.
When the new imagery goes live, the following link will take you to the new product: Needlepoint Christmas Stockings
When the new imagery goes live, the following link will take you to the new product: Wool Christmas Stockings
Part two of our Needlepoint Christmas Stocking series of posts is the photo of Santa. The first image we revealed was Frosty and today's is Santa. We have two additional images that will be revealed later this week or next week. We are excited to be offering a line of Needlepoint Stockings. These stockings are of the best quality on the market and we are confident you will enjoy them for year's to come.
Here is Santa, in a Needlepoint Christmas stocking form:
Awhile back we revealed on the blog that we will be offering our own, MerryStockings exclusive, line of Needlepoint Christmas Stockings. After working with our illustrator and manufacturer, we have come up with four designs that we are confident you will love! We will reveal these designs in a series of posts this week.
The first design that we are revealing is the beloved Frosty figure. What would Christmas be without Frosty? Well truth be told, Frosty doesn't have anything to do with the real meaning of Christmas, but, he is a fun figure and the focal point of a great Christmas movie.
Here is Frosty, in a Needlepoint Christmas stocking form:
MerryStockings is excited about an additional new product that we will be offering this year - Needlepoint Christmas stockings. As we said yesterday, we will now be offering Cable Knit fabric stockings and in addition we'll be offering Needlepoint stockings this year as well. These stockings will be available in late spring along with the Cable Knit stockings and we are very excited about this high end addition to our growing product line. As our company continues to grow and add new products, if there is something you would like to see us add, please don't hesitate to let us know. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. Thanks for stopping by and look for one additional product announcement this week as well. Currently on our site we are offering a discount for Stocking Kits. If you are interested in Stocking Kits by Bucilla or Dimensions, use the code saveten to save an additional 10% on your order. Click to shop: Bucilla Christmas Stockings Kits.
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Christmas stockings are usually hung near the fireplace. This is one tradition that most of us hold dear. So what do you do if smoke odors stick to your stockings? MerryStockings.com suggests these easy ways:
1. Make sure that you remove everything that may be removed from the stocking. Empty it of its contents to prepare it for washing.
2. Using a solution composed of 1 part baking soda, 1 part ammonia and 2 parts vinegar dissolved in a tub full of water, wash your stocking. If you have a plain Christmas stocking, you can submerge the whole stocking in the mixture. Be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the chemicals. Rub the stockings to release the smoke odor.
If your stockings have designs like a name or glitters, then submerge only up to the design. Do not place the designed area under the water or in the solution. Rub this area with the solution using your finger, but DO NOT submerge it.
Repeat this process to get rid of the smoke smell.
3. Rinse the stocking with warm water. Open your faucet to warm water and run the water over the stocking around three times. Be careful not to run the designs under the water. Squeeze out after rinsing.
4. Using any clean surface, lay your stocking to dry. Make sure that your stocking is flat all over and check for areas that stick out. Push this back into place. It is safe to dry your stockings overnight.
5. After drying, wrap your stockings using a lavender scented linen sheet and store it in your closet or a suitcase. This would protect it from moths, moisture and molds.
Avoid heating your stockings. Heat would cause your stockings to shrink.
Do not wash your stockings in a washing machine. This is the best way to ruin your Christmas stockings.
The Many Faces of Santa Claus: Santa Claus in America
Perhaps one of the most enduring icon of Christmas is Santa Claus. With his red suit, white beard and boisterous laughter, he represents the generosity, cheer and gift giving that has come to mark the Christmas season and celebrations all over the world.
American children know the popular figure of Santa Claus. Santa comes from the North Pole where he, with the help of his elves, make toys for good children. He then goes around the world on Christmas eve aboard a magic sleigh pulled by reindeer that could fly. He goes down chimneys to leave gifts for children, leaving them under the tree or inside Christmas stockings.
Modern depictions of Santa Claus puts him in a toy factory, overseeing the production line for toys.
Children are urged to sit on Santa's lap in order to tell him what they want for Christmas. This is one sure way of getting the gifts they want for that year. Another ritual that American children do is to prepare snacks such as cookies and milk on Christmas Eve to curry his favor.
American children know that they have to be good in order to receive gifts from Santa Claus on Christmas eve. In fact, Christmas songs caution children that Santa knows just who has been naughty or nice. For many children, it was become a challenge to catch Santa Claus as he is leaving them their gifts.
Quick tip: As a parent, it is wondrous for us to have our children believe in Santa Claus. It makes them more excited for Christmas and it's a good reward system for being good. Did you know that you can now "track" Santa's progress around the world? You can let your kids know just where on earth Santa is during the Christmas season with the help of your friends from the North American Aerospace Defence Command or NORAD. With their NORAD Tracks Santa Web site at http://www.noradsanta.org, you can easily pinpoint Santa's progress as he makes his way all around the world!
MerryStockings.com has a line of cool Santa Claus related products! Check these out!
Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Bear Santa New 2010
Bucilla Felt Applique Christmas Stocking Kit: Fireman Santa
Embroidered Christmas Tree Skirt Santa Character
Jolly Santa Brass Christmas Stocking Holder
Other Santa Claus inspired decorations
The British puts a premium on the birthday of Jesus Christ, with a special mass for the Christ Child. Like the rest of the world, the Brits put a premium on family and friends during the season. Even workaholics stay home to be with family on Christmas day. They usually have Christmas dinner at midday and that includes the whole family. Traditional Christmas dinner fare includes roast goose or turkey, brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, nutty stuffing, sausages wrapped in bacon, hot gravy and roast potatoes.
Most English traditions, however, began before Jesus Christ was born, and had nothing to do with religion. These traditions came from early mid-winter festivals such as the festival of Saturnalia wherein the Romans decorated their homes with evergreens to commemorate Saturn, the harvest god.
While the British Christmas is very similar to the American version, there are some notable differences:
1. The Christmas Cracker. The Christmas cracker is a bright tube that is held at both ends by two people. They pull on the cracker and it goes "pop" spilling the contents out, including a paper crown, a gift and a joke on a slip of paper. These Christmas crackers were invented by Thomas Smith in 1846.
2. White Christmas. White Christmases typically remind you of blankets of snow. But in the United Kingdom, they have a more easy to fulfill definition. A white Christmas happens when one snowflake falls on the London Weather Centre's roof on December 25. So far, there has only been seven white Christmases in England.
3. Wishing on a Turkey. People who find the turkeyâ€™s wishbone can invite another person to pull on it. The one who gets the larger part can make a wish on it.
4. Christmas Pudding. The British believe that eating a rich and fruity pudding that is lit may ward off evil spirits.
In the U.K., Christmas stockings are hung on Christmas eve. This is for the children to get gifts on Christmas day. But the origin is slightly different as they believe that Father Christmas once dropped coins while coming down the chimney and these coins were caught by the stockings that were left there to dry. Treasure your British friends with a personalized Christmas stocking!