Christmas is the special time of a year when many families enjoy decorating their house to get into the spirit of the season.

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When you think Christmas Stockings, you would naturally envision them on the fireplace mantle.  Did you know that fireplace and a Christmas stocking traditions are closely related? You can read up on the history of Christmas stockings. A fireplace mantle is an ideal (and the most traditional) place to display your Christmas stockings because it is usually the focal place of your living room.  The mantle can be further decorated with garland, candles, Christmas figurines and collectibles and even a Christmas train.

Do not forget the Stocking Holders.  If you plan to place lot of stocking stuffers in your Christmas Stockings, remember the stockings will be rather heavy, so you want to get a heavy stocking holder.  If you have a light stocking holder, it will tip over as you place the stocking stuffers in the stockings.  A stocking holder also called a stocking hanger should have a nice large hook, not a tiny one.  A large hook assures the stocking will not tip over when filled with lots of heavy stocking stuffers.

But what if you do not have a fireplace?  No problem, we do not have one either.  We have giant glass door panels in our living room with a metal drapery rod to darken the room when we watch a movie.  So one of our kids invented a clever way to place our Christmas stockings on hooks spaced evenly on the courtain rod.  It looked great and it became a tradition.

Christmas stockings hung on a mantel window or a wallYou can be creative decorating with Christmas stockings even if you do not have a fireplace.

  • We have seen people placing their stocking hangers on window mantel.
  • You can also find a free standing floor stocking hanger or improvise with tower holders and hooks available in hardware stores.  You can use those items for the rest of the year in their traditional settings.
  • Find a decorative ladder available in folk art / gift / decorator stores / online. These ladders are not designed to climb on, they are rather just that: decorative ladder.  If you can find one, buy it and set it against a blank wall, then you can hang your Christmas stockings there.  If you cannot find one in local stores, you may just as well make one.  Use some twigs and wire to tie the ladder together.
  • Another cool way to place your stockings is to clear one of the wall shelves and hang your Christmas stockings on the invisible hooks right under the shelf and then decorate the shelf with other Christmas decorations, such as presents, candles, decorative boxes, Nutcrackers or Christmas village houses…. or a Christmas train.  This creates a Christmas ambiance focal point in your living room out of what used to be just a regular book or knick knack shelf.
  • Don’t forget the coat hanger!  Especially the wall mouted ones are good candidates to display your holiday stocking.
  • If you have a staircase to an upper floor, you may want to hang your Christmas stockings on the banister and decorate around them with a Christmas garlands and ribbons.
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  • One year we placed our stuffed stockings right under the Christmas tree, just stood them up surrounding the whole tree.
  • You can also utilize your cabinet knobs.  If you have a wall unit in your living room, experiment with the look of Christmas stockings hung from it’s cabinet knobs.
  • An empty wall space may also work.  You can purchase a removable 3M wall hooks from any hardware store, they also make these hooks in many decorator colors to match your wall and color scheme.  You can hang the stockings directly on the hooks or you can create a wall theme, using a ribbon, garland branches attached to a rope or wire ribbon and then attach the stockings to it ( think clothesline setup ).
  • A dresser or a curio may be another good candidate to hang your Christmas stockings.  Use it’s knobs or place your stocking holders on top of the dresser and compliment with other Christmas decorations such as garland and ribbons.
  • Hang your Christmas stockings off top of your bookcase or a TV stand
  • Uses suction cups and hang them from your glass sliding doors or windows which looks adorable from the inside and outside
  • A  shelf with pegs works just great for this purpose.
  • You can hang the Christmas stockings from the ceiling.

With little immagination, you can turn your ordinary space into Christmas Oasis.

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5 Comments

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    Decorating Says:

    Nice article. I think that it is like painting and decorating a house. You need colors that compliment each others, decorations that match with the theme and that fit together, in the end create a place that you can live at and be at ease and happy.

    Regards, Pam

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    Franso Says:

    I liked your article as well as your website

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    Unique Christmas Stockings Says:

    Great article you listed some great uses for Christmas stockings. I also enjoyed your link to the history of stockings, very interesting story.

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    Unique Christmas Stockings Says:

    These are some great ways to display your stockings throughout the year. I agree that they can be effectively used when decorating around the house and they don’t have to be used solely around Christmas time.

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    Melody of Outside CHristmas Decorations Says:

    I really like you’re article.Decorations is more on matching colors and themes to fit each other so that it would be nice to see.

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