Christmas Stocking in ASCII Text Art

The stocking itself is fairly simple to create in ASCII art. It’s the extras that take more effort. I’ve got one Christmas stocking here which is my own work. It’s not what I hoped it would be but I did make it years ago. Should be time to try another one, maybe this Christmas and see what I can come up with.
Christmas Stocking in ASCII Text Art

Christmas Stocking in ASCII Text Art
What do you most like to find in your stocking on Christmas day? For me it’s the Christmas oranges. Not anything glamorous or expensive but we would get them every year. It would keep all the kids busy while the parents slept in a bit longer. Then my Mom would be up and everyone would begin to gather. Sometimes we had breakfast before we began opening presents. I think as the children became teenagers presents got opened later more often. But, with four kids in the family we had someone who was still young and a believer in Santa Claus for many years.

One year I sewed and embroidered Christmas stockings (seven of them) for a group of men who don’t have much of a Christmas. My brother and sisters found things to fill the stockings. So far I have four fronts done. I thought I’d do all the decorating and then cut the backs and sew them all together last of all.

Note: I originally posted this a few years ago. The stockings did get done and I took a photo of them all. I never heard much about them after that. I hope they were enjoyed, or at least cared about a little.

Christmas by the Fireplace in ASCII Text Art

When I was a kid we had a fireplace out in the front room. The room we were only allowed to sit in a few times out of the whole year, mostly around Christmas. It was then family would gather, we would set up the Christmas tree in that room and have the big family dinner in the dining room. I loved having the fireplace on.Christmas by the Fireplace in ASCII Text Art
I remember the smell of it, the sounds that it made and the warmth of the fire on my face when I would sit so close my eyeballs began to dry out. It was nice even then. A few times we got wood that had aged a bit more. It all came from the ravine/ wooded area which was behind our house. The older wood had been sitting in the dirt, becoming a home for insects. That wood tended to smoke and hiss in the fire and there odd, sharp pops when it found one of those creepy crawlers inside the log.

I know some people have huge bonfires outdoors for Christmas and other holidays. We did that once, in October. That time we were living in a rural area and you were still allowed to burn yard waste, scraps, and so on. Now there are more rules and laws about it all. It was nice having that huge roaring fire in the middle of the garden. We had already picked all the squash and other edibles out of the garden. It was an easy way to burn the weeds and get rid of the left over plant parts instead of shovelling them all under the dirt to compost.

The bonfire wasn’t the same as the fireplace inside the house. Of course, the fire isn’t as large in the house. But, indoors we can have the Christmas tree in the same room. The older relatives like it, they can talk and hear each other and it’s not so cold. I miss having an indoor fireplace now, and all those relatives.