The stockings were handmade out of felt and fashioned after the ones my mother made for all of us (pictured below). They looked so nice hanging by the fireplace and I hoped they would mean as much to our children as the ones my mom made for us did.
I looked into buying shorter stockings but money is not available right now for such things and besides I LOVED my stockings. I could shorten my handmade stockings but they are already so skinny that I was afraid that they wouldn't hold much at all. Then it hit me in the middle of the night (maybe the work of some angels in Heaven)....hang the stockings on the railings of the stairwell. This is what we did as children until we moved to a house with a mantle and this is also what is done at S's parents house. So off to Michael's we went with our coupon to buy green garland for the railings. We also bought some silver ribbon to tie them. Five dollars later and we had a wonderful solution that we are all very happy with! I also hung some photo ornaments I made around the stockings (found the idea on pinterest) but more on that later :)