The Baby's Stocking

Janet Barclay

Hang Up the Baby’s Stocking

by Emily Huntington Miller

Hang up the baby’s stocking.
Be sure you don’t forget!
The dear little dimpled darling,
She’s never seen Christmas yet!
But I’ve told her all about it,
And she opened her big blue eyes,
And I’m sure she understood it —
She looked so funny and wise

So begins a poem I adored as a child. I think I even memorized it but I can’t be sure about that because I was only 5 years old my sister’s first Christmas. Could I really have been that clever? Possibly!
I adore my sister more every year and posting a reminder of this poem from our childhood is my way of saying to her “Thanks for being such a wonderfully ‘funny and wise’ little sister.” (Not to mention my webmaster and tech support extraordinaire.)

Merry Christmas, Janet.

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. Janet Barclay on December 21, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Merry Christmas to you too, Kathy!

    I have no doubt that you were clever enough to memorize a poem when you were only five. 😀

    • Kathy on December 21, 2016 at 10:15 am

      If only I could memorize more than a fraction of it *now*!

      • Janet Barclay on December 21, 2016 at 10:22 am

        I have to admit that I only remembered the first four lines. 🙂

        • Kathy on December 21, 2016 at 10:27 am

          Well, that IS the best part. 🙂

  2. Pam Mirehouse on December 22, 2016 at 10:44 am

    So cute – my aunt sent this to me my baby’s first Christmas! Means a lot whenever I hear it! You two are lucky to have each other 🙂

    • Kathy on December 22, 2016 at 11:01 am

      That’s neat, Pam. And right you are about me and Janet. 🙂

    • Janet Barclay on December 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Yes, we are. 🙂

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