Friday, November 19, 2010

Catalogs and the great stocking debate

So last week I went a little nuts. Okay, crazy nuts.

See, I have catalog envy. But I was determined not to let it get the best of me. At one point in my life I was probably getting over 20 catalogs from various companies. I stopped cold turkey. It was pointless. I just drooled incessantly over the gorgeous items in them that I couldn't afford.

Last week I bit the bullet and hopped back on the bandwagon. It's been close to 5 years, so I thought... what the heck? What's the harm afterall?

Well, this week my poor little mailbox is feeling the burn! I've all ready received about 8 catalogs from wonderful places including: Williams & Sonoma, Restoration Hardware (as well as their Baby & Kids edition), Pottery Barn (and their Kids edition, as well!) and Land's End to name a few.

I love looking at all of the wonderful holiday decorating ideas! And, all of these catalogs have brought up an ongoing debate that Jason and I have been having for the past 5+ years.....

The Stocking Debate.

Let me fill you in...

I like THESE:
I love the embroidered look. It's simple, yet elegant and there are a multitude of designs to choose from. To me it's just a classic look.

Jason likes these:

He thinks that these are a "classic" stocking. I think they're boring, ugly and cheap looking. Yea. They are not pretty. At all. (Sorry if you like this type of stocking, it's just not my taste...)

Every Christmas it's the same thing. I pull out our stockings, which I don't like, and ask him if we can get the kind I like. The answer is always no. He just loves those blah, generic ones!

So, after browsing my many new catalogs, I was bombarded with other beautiful stockings. I tried to compromise. I asked if he liked any of these:



I figured they are more "traditional" from his point of view, and really thought he'd like them. Nope. At most I got "they're okay." Eeeek!

I just don't know what to do. Currently we have stockings of the style he likes. And I hate them. I seriously just want to throw them away. Any advice? He usually could care less about how I decorate and what's in our house. But this is the one thing he holds firm on. The stockings!

I figure it's Christmas and I should just let it go... but I can't! Should I give in and just let him have his stockings. Or should I just buy what I like and hang them up? Is this ridiculous?



  1. We have these.

    They make some with white tops that Cate and Brennan have. Even our pets have them. I think they're pretty classic and the best part is that PB has had them for 7 years (we got them the first year we were married). So we've been able to continue adding to our stockings as our family grows and keep the same style.

  2. I think we are the same person. I have already (mentally) purchased the Pottery Barn stocking in the first picture for N ... and Chris likes those fluffy, polyester cheapy things they call stockings that you have shown, too. That's why us women are supposed to "keep house" - because it would be fugly if not. ;)

    So, I'm in the same boat you are - which stocking to get? *sigh* I'm about to break out the puffy paint ...

  3. I understand both sides of the problem! We currently have the ones that you have (ours are green) and it was by my own choosing. I actually decorated ours with white "snowy" glitter with our names and a little Christmasy picture. The reason I wanted those is that it brings me back to my young childhood since we had those with gold glitter when I was little. I want my girls to have the same thing while they are little. However, I fully intend to get some really pretty embroidered ones when they are all a little older. I also wanted to wait until I knew we were done having kids before I order pretty stockings for everyone. I didn't want to have to try to find one more years later to match or have to buy a whole new set because we had a new baby or anything. In addition to reminding me of my childhood Christmases, for some reason I associate the "ugly" ones with Santa and so I just had to have them that way for the kids. Now that being said, we don't have a fireplace and so our stockings don't come out until Christmas Eve. I don't have to look at them for a month like you probably do! I think I would try to get to the bottom of why they are so important to Jason. Maybe that will help you deal with having those for a while longer. Like you said, for the most part he doesn't care what you do with decorating and such but these are important to him. There must be some reason! Now that I have written a book, good luck!!

  4. So funny the things that are men find important when they normally don't care at all about the decor! I also get a ton of catalogs and they can get out of control so easily. I make an effort to purse every few weeks- sometimes I just tear out the images I want to save for inspiration. p.s. I added your blog to my blogroll tonight:)


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