Stocking stuffers

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Stocking stuffers can be anything from holiday candy to money, but in the end, as long as the stuffers bring a smile to the recipient’s face, it’ll be a success.

Though some Web sites give detailed directions on how to stuff a stocking properly, the contents just need to be a little something extra.

Ginnie Bailey of Clovis offers a simple and sure to please option.

“Money — it’s always the right size and the right color,” she said.

One year, Annette Black of Farwell gave all of her children hangers in their stockings.

“They would come home from college with their laundry and never came with hangers,” said Black, miming her children taking handfuls of her hangers out her closet. “I told them I got them something they’ve always wanted.”

“I put lot of little stuff that means something to them,” Sherry Defoor said of her two children’s stockings. “And candy. Always candy.”

In the Defoor home, only the children get a plump stocking for Christmas. And it’s always topped off with an orange.

Joanie Hancock of Clovis has a whole list of things she could give as stuffers. Many of them are located in the Main Street Crafter’s Mall, where Hancock has a booth. Green chili mixes, oranges, apples, bookmarks, and hand lotions were some of the things she listed.

Many trinkets are fashioned with Christmas in mind during this time of year. Many candies come packaged in the shape of a candy cane, while scratch-off lottery tickets get a peppermint-scent. Evergreen, apple pie and snow scented candles begin to show up on the shelves of your local grocery store.

In the end, as long as you can stuff it in a stocking, it will do the trick.