Morongo Basin, Ca.,- A new tradition started up in our area which sounds like a fun idea! Several have reported receiving a stuffed Christmas stocking left on their door knob by an anonymous person. The message of good cheer and blessings ask the recipient enjoy the contents and then stuff the stocking for someone else…and “Pay it Forward.”
I do not know what the contents were in the stockings and there was no mention of receiving any lumps of coal. I guess a person could get rid of any left over Halloween candy that is still unwrapped. The temperatures have been hovering around 86 degrees, so I hope there was no chocolates placed in the stocking. (Who has any left over Halloween chocolates anyway?)
I don’t think I would eat any baked goodies left in my front porch stocking without knowing who made them…besides Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous. Sign of the times, I guess!
Perhaps, this could be a way to recycle fruitcake! Now that would really be welcomed at this front porch…I could make up signs around my husband’s store, Dakota Bob’s, saying, “Bring in fruitcake to receive a 10% discount on any purchase!” (Shameless plug>LINK)
I really like this idea but why couldn’t we do this all throughout the year? There would be socks floating aorund back and forth in the Morongo Basin for years…different sizes and colors too! The possibilities are endless! Pink socks, Camouflage, checkered flag socks…
It could be a great selling point for listing homes for sale…this beautiful 2 bedroom 1 bath home has been socked four times in the past five years! Welcome to the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities…we rock because we sock! When a new neighbor arrives…they get socked!
The local newspaper could start publishing the “Sock Report” next to the police blotter reports of crime to show balanced reporting. Oh the possibilities!
Of course the socks should always be kept clean and is a good way to recycle those single socks that lost their mate. Stitch or glue trinkets to make each “Pay it Forward” memorable and encourage the recipient to add more before sending it on. Hmmm, buttons, bows, beads or costume jewelry would be great too!
Another tourist destination!! The “Sock Gallery” presents socked stories of this area’s rich history of giving to others! Oh, the possibilities are endless!
Gotta run for now! Maybe I can find some traditional Christmas socks on sale! Happy Boxing Day to everyone!
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