A bit more explanation is in order, since it didn't make sense to some readers. (Sorry!)
Everyone already in the family has their own stocking, but all newcomers, by birth or by marriage, get their own stocking with their name and the year they joined the family. The stockings are hand-knitted, and I never cared for them. My MIL did beautiful crewel and needlepoint, but her knitting skills were not very neat and even, so to my admittedly picky eye, I always thought the stockings were 1) a tacky design, and 2) not well executed. That didn't stop them from coming out every year. The only saving grace was that they didn't hang on the mantle for days, they only appear on Christmas Eve and go away shortly after Christmas morning.
What it really means is that I need to find out if continuing the tradition is one that is important to my daughter and to my son, both of whom have (or will soon have) new spouses, and both of whom will likely have children coming in the next few years.
Maybe this is my chance to mix it up a bit and get a nicer looking but still hand-knitted, stocking into the mix.
It will cost me $100 to get a matching one made from an online knitter. Depending on what dd says, I may need to learn to knit, so that it's not that amount for every new addition. Yikes!
Edited by Halftime Hope, 23 October 2017 - 07:26 AM.