Why Christmas Socks Make The Perfect Present

I had the shock of my life this morning.  I opened my sock drawer and could not see a single pair of Christmas socks in there.  I know it’s only late November, but me without Christmas socks is like salt without vinegar, Oreos without a mug of tea, or Barbie without Ken (what she saw in him I’ve no idea!)

Christmas SocksI searched high and low for my Christmas socks.  I knew I had some left over from last Christmas and then thought maybe I had worn them out, considering I wear them non-stop from November 20th until Good Friday.  Then after two and half hours of turning the house upside down (yes, I am quite strong aren’t I and I did find a recipe for flaky pastry), I came across two pairs hidden in a teapot.  Phew, that was a relief, I wasn’t going to be without a pair of Christmas socks on the run up to the big day itself.

Now here’s something to think about.  Let me ask you a question.  Are you having a problem wondering what to buy me, the husband, boyfriend, son, Hugh, grandson, me, your dad, me, soon to be husband or civil partner, man who has everything, for Christmas?  Yes, well I have the answer.  Can you guess what it is?  Yep, buy him some Christmas socks.  I promise you now he will love those socks even though a strange expression may appear across his face when unwrapping the parcel and taking out a pair of Christmas socks.  And here’s a bonus, if he has a birthday coming up between now and Christmas, like me…no, hang on, I’m just after Christmas and New Year but that will do, buy him a pair of Christmas socks.  You will become the next best thing to Santa Claus, believe me, when he takes out those Christmas socks from their packaging and places them on his feet.Christmas socks

Once your loved one has his Christmas socks on, make sure he shows them off to everybody. Tell him to pull up his trouser bottoms and reveal those wonderful Christmas socks to all who visit over Christmas, as well to those you pass in the street and to all those at the Christmas and New Year parties.  Better still, tell him to undo his belt, drop his trousers and show off that pair off Christmas Boxer Shorts you also bought him.  I guarantee you’ll never have to worry about what to buy him for Christmas ever again.

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  1. LOL…I just love socks. And I almost bought a third pair of Christmas socks the other day, but decided not to. Now I have to go get them.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a joyful Christmas season.

    Blessings for a happy day,

    1. Thank you, Marianne. Christmas socks make the perfect present, especially for someone like me who is very hard to buy for. I hope you go and buy that third pair and join me in saving the Christmas sock market. Merry Christmas to you.

  2. Hah,hah! I too contemplated using fake snow on my window this year, but it does take all year to clean off. That’s less time to write and do important things!
    I can’t stop thinking about the red nose thongs. I’ll never be the same again now.

  3. Just when I thought this was going to be about the Bean episode, where he gifts himself a sock/stocking. This is a cute post; perhaps a British equivalent to the “ugly Christmas sweater” meme we see here in the States. I do have some “awful” (but I wear them, mostly proud to be a dork) moose socks and some cow socks that I sometimes wear. They’re long-ish and warm; it’s function over form for me most of the time.

    1. Hi Leigh, we British, this year, are big into Christmas sweaters. In fact December 12th in the UK is national ‘wear a Christmas jumper/sweater’ day. You pay £1 to wear your sweater with all proceeds going to charity. This year I have seen such a huge range of Christmas sweaters available which I’ve never seen in previous years.

      As for Christmas socks, I’m in New York at the moment and already been and done some shopping (in the snow) and I’m surprised that I’ve hardly seen any Christmas socks, so maybe that is a British custome as well?

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pair of Christmas socks Hugh – so thanks for sharing! I will certainly be on the lookout for a pair for my brother (He LOVES Christmas, too, and so do I)
    We have already done our Christmas shopping – we’re having rolled turkey, smoked turkey slices and chocolate orange pudding (all tucked away in the freezer now) as we are going away to Tasmania for a few weeks before Christmas.

    I’m so relieved you found your Christmas socks Hugh – awful to be without them at this time of year. As for Ken and Barbie – he probably had a nice personality. 😉

    1. I hope you find some, Maria, although being Summer where you are (and the reminders I have had from other readers in the Southern Hemisphere), it may be a problem to find some, after all it’s shorts weather where you are isn’t it? However, if that is the case, then how about a pair of Christmas Boxer shorts for your brother? I’m sure he would like them.

      I’m very impressed that your Christmas shopping is done. Chocolate orange pudding sounds very yummy. A few years ago in the UK there was a limited edition Christmas pudding with a whole orange inside it which sold so quickly that they were being exchanged on eBay for hundreds of pounds.

      I think you could well be right about Ken 🙂

      1. We are so crazy here we run around in Santa hats and eat roast dinners in the boiling heat! Years ago people used to even spray fake snow on the windows in stencil patterns of Christmas trees and snow flakes etc. then it took the whole year to scrub the stuff off! 😄

        So I won’t be surprised if I find Christmas socks! Can you imagine people wearing Santa outfits in our heat?

        The pudding with the orange in it sounds pretty amazing. Big brother generally wears speedos so not sure about the boxer shorts – lovely idea all the same! Cheers, Hugh!

        1. I’ve never ever experienced a Christmas in a hot climate yet, Maria, but my sister who lives in Brisbane has told me what it is like. She sends me pictures of their Christmas tree with the fake snow around it and I always get a Christmas card from her with Santa taking it easy on the beech (usually he’s dressed in Christmas boxer shorts). She has got use to spending Christmas in the summer now but I, of course, still can not imagine it.

          As for that fake snow on windows, I learnt my lesson many, many years ago. My mother was not best pleased with having bits of fake snow on her window until Easter. It was impossible to get off!

        2. Not sure you would enjoy Christmas in the hot weather as you prefer the cold. I remember my Mum saying ‘never again’ one year about that fake snow.

          We all learned our lesson there! 😄. I do hope you get some real snow this year.

        3. Well you can have too much of a good thing. I hope its just enough snow to make the forest beautiful. I must admit snow and icicles make a brilliant combination.

  5. Hugh, now that I’ve read this post I’m going to buy ALL the men in my life Christmas Socks this year. And now that I know it’s a case of the gaudier the better I’m going to have so much fun. And Hugh, they might complain – because my men, they prefer the dour look – but Hugh I’m not worried. No siree, not one tiny bit. I’ll tell them it must be okay to wear Santas and Elves on their feet all year round because Hugh at Hugh’s News and Views said it was so.

    1. Oh boy, I’m so pleased to hear that Jill, and you are going to keep the Christmas sock market alive with me and a few others. Yes, it’s great fun buying Christmas socks but as it’s summer with you in December why not treat the men folk to Christmas swimmer, Christmas boxer shorts or even a Christmas thong? Don’t buy Christmas handkerchiefs though as they are not much use unless the person you are buying them for has a summer cold at Christmas, and nobody wants that. Oh, and can we have some photos please of said socks being modelled?

      Please do give them my details as I know how much they will want to thank me for giving you such a brilliant Christmas gift idea this year 🙂

  6. I saw a cute idea for a gift for kids (young or old) to open before Christmas. It contains essentials for celebrating Christmas:
    1. pjs 2. slippers 3. robe 4. Christmas sox’s! 5. mug and some quality tea.
    Where would you like Santa to send yours?

    1. Wonderful, Meredith. That sounds like the perfect pre-Christmas gift for everyone. Maybe I can grab one from Santa Claus when I get to see him at the Macy’s parade on Thanksgiving Day? I’ll certainly keep a look out for this gift set when on my visit to New York next week. I know this much, and that is I’ll certainly be bringing back some Christmas socks with me 🙂 if they sell them in New York that is?

  7. Please, please, please, tell me you will NOT show us a picture of the glowing Rudolf nose thong. I really like you Hugh, but some things should be sacred (such as Rudolfs’ glowing nose!) 🙂

    Socks, mmmm, do you perhaps use the socks for something else other than your feet? ………………………………, like extra mittens for your hands. (Gee, all you men seem to think about is Rudolf’s nose that glows).


    1. Well I have been strutting my stuff and practicing my catwalk walk all morning, Claudette, but unless I find said Rudolf thong, then I’m afraid I won’t be showing it off until…next Christmas, if I manage to find one in the Christmas sales or, better still, I get one in my Christmas stocking. I promise to be very kind to Rudolf by leaving out a few carrots for him on Christmas Eve.

      I have tried using socks as mittens but they did not work very well. They do, however, make a great duster when wearing them on your hands when doing the housework. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. Better still, send me a picture of those Christmas socks in action as you dust down the shelves in the living room 🙂

      1. Oh Hugh, you do not know me at all! Dust – what the heck are you talking about, man. Housework is a boring chore and as I get older I am less inclined to participate. Dusting is best left to just that moment before I know my Mother is coming to visit, then I can do it all in a frenzy of not thinking.

        As for socks, which I am not a fan of except in cold winter when they are a necessity here, using them as a dusting implement has actually occurred in my house on occasion (and anything else I might be holding at the time of noticing a dust cloud that must be dispersed immediately) however they now make a specific dust mitten so I try and use that.

        Hope you get inundated with Christmas socks – you can parade them to your hearts content. 🙂

        1. I agree, Claudette, housework is boring and it gets in the way of me writing and reading blog posts.

          Dust mittens sound great. Do they sell a Christmas variety? If so, I can add them to my Christmas list and then dusting won’t seem as painful (well in December anyway).

          I’m hoping my post will bring me lots of Christmas socks this Christmas which will last me all of 2015 (except in the summer when we get the occasional warm day and I wear shorts).

  8. Bwa ha ha ha ! And here I was thinking that socks … any socks is the worst thing to get a man…. 😀 Thank you for the laugh…

    1. You’re welcome. No, I can assure you, Serins, the honour of the worst Christmas present to give a man would go to the Christmas handkerchief. At least a man can wear his Christmas socks on Christmas Day. If he doesn’t have a cold on Christmas Day then he can’t use his Christmas handkerchief other than to mop up an over spill of gravy or Brandy sauce perhaps?

        1. Of course. I guess Christmas socks are absolutely no good then? Never mind, it can only be Christmas Boxer shorts, Christmas swimming Trucks or how about a Christmas thong like the one Amanda mentioned? 🙂

  9. I really liked what you wrote. I know I love Christmas socks. I think I am going to buy everyone a pair or two. Socks can really make someone feel warm inside and out. If you get the chance to donate something to the homeless this year, donate socks. There are many homeless that have said, just having a warm pair of socks gives them a feeling of hope.

    1. Lovely to see you again, Pavanne. I know you have been busy with studies and the family, so I hope all is well with you?

      I’m glad you are a fan of Christmas socks and that you are going to buy some this year as Christmas presents. That is so good to hear as we need to keep the Christmas sock market running, so we can ensure it’s back next year.

      I think your idea of donating some Christmas socks to charities and the Homeless is brilliant. I hate having cold feet and I’ll certainly now be donating some new pairs of Christmas socks to the Homeless this year. If everyone who reads your message just donated one pair of Christmas socks to the Homeless, just think of the difference it would make.

  10. Puts Christmas socks (and pants!) on santa’s list. There’s nothing quite like a pair of novelty Christmas socks. They do men’s thongs in the shape of Rudolf’s nose, too! (I even think it glows!) That’s going on the list, too! 😀

    Saying this…I am yet to buy a present yet! I’ve been slack slack slack this year!

    Fun post 🙂

    1. I knew I could count on you, Amanda. But what’s this? Thongs in the shape of Rudolf’s nose that glow in the dark? That is something I hope is in my Christmas stocking on Christmas morning. If it is not, then I’ll be spending all my vouchers on trying to obtain one on Boxing day. I can’t wait until Christmas now. That glowing nose will sure come in handy when I’ve burnt the toast and the house is full of smoke.

      1. Oh man…I must get that image out of my head!!! Rudolf’s nose could potentially come in handy, especially when getting up in the middle of the night to go to the loo – the light will guide the way! Or like you say, if you leave cheese in the toaster and it sets fire to the kitchen… eeek! Unfortunately, they only play a Christmas jingle when you honk the nose, not a fire alarm!

        And I would get them on boxing day, they will be half price by then 😉

        Oh I do hope these reindeer undies make an appearance in the next When Ronovan meets Mrs Maple!

        1. Wow, like that Rudolf thong also plays a tune? It’s gone straight to the top of my Christmas list now. Sorry, but I can’t wait until Boxing Day. I wonder if it plays Jingle Bells or should that be Jingle B*lls? 🙂 I hope Mr Lyle gets one for Christmas as well, Amanda? Just think of all the extra fun you guys could have playing hide and seek.

    1. Good to hear, Nishi, especially as you folks in the States have that Polar vortex to contend with. I’m sure the male members of your family will be delighted with Christmas socks under the tree. You must make sure you take some pictures of their reactions as they open their gifts on Christmas Day and post them on your blog. I’m counting on you to back me up on this 🙂

        1. Me? On a catwalk? Oh, I’m not sure Colleen. Last time that happened I got rather drunk on a few too many sweet sherries and ended up taking the limelight from Kat Moss. She was not best pleased.
          I’m sure they do Christmas socks that say ‘One size fits all” over here in the UK. Let me know if you want me to do some shopping for you and I’ll send you some stocking fillers for Ron 🙂 🎄🎁

        2. You would be perfect 💜 We don’t celebrate Christmas – we are Buddhist. When the kids or grand kids come for the holidays we do. This year we are on our own. 💜

        3. Well, Ron still needs thick warm socks to keep his feet warm while you folks in the States have that Polar vortex to contend with, so just let me know if you need me to get you some, Colleen. I’m happy to help 🙂

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