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Do you have any Christmas tradition? I have a rather … wacky … Christmas tradition involving dish scrubbing brushes and Christmas stockings!When I was a kid, my dad “gifted” my mom a dish scrubber for Christmas. He wrapped it up and stuck it in my mom’s stocking! The next year, he did the same thing, but my mom found it and moved it into HIS stocking. The next year after that, my dad found it in his stocking and moved it into MINE! And then the next year, my mom bought two and stuck them in BOTH of our stockings and said that whoever ended up with it on Christmas morning had to do the Christmas dinner dishes! Then it became dishes for the rest of the year, or dishes for all of the next year, etc., etc. Since then, my little family has grown to include my husband and we celebrate Christmas day by opening presents, watching movies, and eating dinner with me, my husband, my mom, and my husband’s parents (my in-laws … and yes, everyone gets along!) and I carry on the tradition by putting dish scrubbers in everyone’s stockings. I’m sure the first year that my husband celebrated Christmas with me and my mom, he thought we were crazy, and I’m sure my in-laws thought the same their first year with us … but it’s tradition! And you don’t break tradition! Do you have any traditional stocking gifts? When Christmas is at my house, I try to stuff the stockings with everyone’s favorite candy, or something I’ve noticed they’ve needed, or batteries if I know a gift needs batteries. And this year, I was happy to stock up on stocking stuffers at 99 Cents Only store and get stocking stuffers for the entire family on a budget! As a kid, my dad and I would also traditionally give my mom a new book every Christmas Eve. It was whatever new Stephen King or Dean Koontz book was out that year and she would read it until she was sure I was asleep and then pull out all of “Santa’s” toys and set them up as a surprise for me the next morning. Well, even though Santa no longer brings me toys, I keep up tradition and keep gifting my mom a “book.” However, that book has turned into a gift card because media has changed and my mom can now order her book on her tablet reader. But I still like to wrap up the gift card and I was happy to find these adorable gift card boxes at the 99!And I also found these cute “Believe” holiday tins which are perfect for candy!And my last, but certainly not least, tradition is a stocking for my pets. Lucy, my cat, made out like a champ this year with all of my 99 finds! I picked up some treats, a couple of cat nip toys, a laser pointer, and a wand toy for her to play with. And that just gave me a great idea! I have to start up a NEW tradition and put a litter pooper scooper in my husband’s stocking! He complains that he has to scoop the litter because I’m pregnant and I’m sure that over the next few years, it will turn into the same silly rule as the dishscrubber – whoever gets the pooper scooper has to scoop the poop for the following year!
I loved being able to stock up on all my Christmas stocking stuffers, including my strange traditional gifts, on a budget at the 99! I even grabbed the stockings there and then gave them a mini DIY makeover with some rickrack I had leftover from an old craft project! Being able to stuff everyone’s stockings while sticking to my budget was really important to me this year since we’ve got two babies on the way and we’re still in the middle of home renovations! We also set price limits on gifts, so I was happy to stay under my limit for a gift AND fully stuffed stockings for each family member thanks to the 99! There is always something new and exciting and you never know what you’ll find when you “do the 99!” 99 Cents Only Stores have all of your favorite name brands at a price that can’t be beat. If you’re looking for more Thanksgiving inspiration, be sure to follow the 99 on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter!
How do you do the 99? Let me know your favorite item(s) to purchase from the 99 in a comment below!