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Stocking stuffers can be just as fun as Christmas presents for kids and adults. In years past and during my childhood, stocking stuffers where the last things opened after the presents have all been opened. For me as a child, my stockings were usually filled with candy and goodies.

Growing up in a Dutch household, we never had a stocking that didn’t have a Dutch traditional chocolate letter. Chocolate letters are a form of candy associated with the Dutch holiday of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas). Celebrants of the Sinterklaas celebration are traditionally given their initials made out of chocolate, either on Sinterklaas Eve, which is the fifth of December each year, or during the morning on Sinterklaas Day, which is the sixth day of December.

Each year for the last couple of years, we have done stockings for our children, sister and her four boys, who are now men, and we take the stocking to a new level of fun and a bit of a gag gift for all.

We usually fill our stockings with gifts from the Dollar store and with the chocolate letter which we order from Holland, Michigan.

For 2020, we included hand sanitizer and wipes along with chocolate, Haribo candies, M&Ms shaped like candy canes and the traditional Dutch chocolate gold coins. Just for fun we also add in some cheap cologne and even the stockings are purchased from the Dollar store to include their favorite character.

It’s not about how much we spend on each stocking, but how much fun we have getting the items out.