Alternative Christmas Stocking: Use an Oven Mitt

Finding myself in possession of a house and household this Christmas season, I am trying to decorate for the holidays just a little. But it doesn't come naturally. I love the greenery, the white lights, and the delicious glitter of the holidays, but I object to spending money on frippery that will only be on display for a short time.

Fortunately, some of my cooking gear is coming in handy for holiday functions.

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Stockings, as all who celebrate the season know, are key. Christmas stockings often hold the best stuff, the unexpected small packages and indulgent pleasures of Christmas morning. There are the little candies and lip balms, the goofy toys and new pens. They are the best part of Christmas morning.

My new husband and I, however, did not own stockings of the Christmas sort. Our usual Christmas stockings are still at our childhood homes with family. So -- what to do? I do not sew (at all, to the disappointment of my mother and pleasure of my professional seamstress), so a homemade stocking was out of the question. I really didn't want to spend $13 on an overly decorated stocking at Target.

And then it occurred to me that an oven mitt has much the same shape as a stocking -- it even has a convenient little toe... err, thumb, for squirreling away soft peppermints. This one has a loop for hanging, even.

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My husband has a proper old-fashioned felt stocking, but this oven mitt will do just fine for whatever I happen to get in my Christmas stocking.

It did occur to me that a setup like this would make a great Christmas gift for a foodie friend. Stuff an oven mitt with a pretty towel or two, a good wooden spoon, and some fresh spices, and you have a gift that's both practical and delicious.

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(Images: Faith Durand)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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