In case you didn’t already know: I AM FLYING TO THE U.S. FOR CHRISTMAS IN LESS THAN 2 WEEKS!
I already sent my mom an email with my Christmas wishlist, but what I have not yet told her is what I would love to have in my stocking. Yes, I am 24 years old and still expect a stocking.
In my family, our stockings were usually just stuffed with candy, gum, and a pair of socks. Since I have not been in the U.S. for 1.5 years, however, I am more excited than ever for these types of items. So, I figured I would just publish my stocking stuffer wishlist for everyone to see on my blog (and my mother can do with this information whatever she wants… 😉
Peanut Butter Candy
Peanut butter candy is the biggest gap in the German food market, and I miss it so much. Reese’s peanut butter cups, Reese’s pieces, PEANUT BUTTER M&M’s!!! I love it all.
I woke up about one week ago thinking about Swedish Fish. I never really thought about them at any point throughout the past year since Germany has lots of other great fruity, gummy candies, but now that I have a taste for them, the craving won’t go away. I would actually group Swedish Fish in with my love for red licorice (they are similar, aren’t they?) which was on my list of my list of American foods I miss most.
Light Green Tic Tacs
Okay, I just had to look up what the actual flavor of these Tic Tacs is — Wintergreen. Sounds like an appropriate name for a stocking stuffer 🙂 Anyways, I just have had a taste for these in the past few weeks as well. Although Germany does have Tic Tacs, they only sell fresh mint and orange here. Bummer, I know.
Bobby Pins and Hair Elastics
Okay, this is something that I could easily buy in Germany, but I am sure all the long-haired ladies reading this post understand why this is here. Where do all the bobby pins and hair ties (what do you call these? I don’t feel like I know the right word…) disappear to? I am down to one lonely bobby pin these days, and I am treating it like it is made of pure gold lately. We’ll see if I can hold out on buying new ones until I am in the U.S. (or until they show up in my stocking, *wink*wink*).
Marco’s Stocking Stuffer Wishlist
Stockings are not a Christmas tradition in Germany. I think this is because they have St. Nikolaus Tag, where St. Nikolaus comes on the 6th of December to fill the children’s shoes with sweets, which the American stocking tradition probably stems from.
Since I knitted Marco his own stocking two years ago (pictured above), however, he is now totally in on the tradition and is also very excited to see it filled with his favorite American treats. So, here is Marco’s stocking stuffer wishlist:
Yes, Germany is full of every type of sausage imaginable, but Marco is a sucker for these individually-wrapped spicy little meat sticks (didn’t I make that sound incredibly appetizing?).
Marco loves meat. Beef is a type of meat. Beef is incredibly expensive in Germany. Dried beef is even more expensive. Beef is not so expensive in the U.S. Americans make delicious beef jerky out of this meat. Marco loves American beef jerky.
Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Cream
This is basically the only American candy that Marco talks about. He has told me before that his favorite chocolate bar as a child was Ritter Sport Weiss + Crisp, and Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Cream is very similar to this, but with chocolate cookie instead of corn flakes (i.e. better).
What would be on your stocking stuffer wishlist?