Day 12 – Gifts from the “Sole”

by Kelsey Norwood

in Celebrations, Routines, & Traditions


Sometime during the day hide some candy or a small gift in each of your children’s shoes. At some point in the day, perhaps after dinner or right before bed, give one person a little package to open that will have a note inside saying something like:

  • “For a bit of Christmas news, hurry and go look in your shoes” or
  • “Deep in the place where you put your feet is hidden a treasure, a gift, a treat.”

Children love discovering gifts and they will be so thrilled to find something in their shoes.

This is a Christmas tradition in Italy, so maybe also teach your family that “Buon Natale” means “Merry Christmas” in Italian.

Buon Natale!

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1 Baba December 12, 2008 at 10:51 am

What a cute idea! I love this. What a thrill for a child to find a hidden treasure in their shoes at Christmas. Thanks so much!

2 Linn December 12, 2008 at 10:57 am

I can’t wait to do this! What an awesome idea! Too sweet! Thanks!

3 melita c. December 13, 2008 at 12:37 am

First, those shoes are just about the cutest thing EVER!!! All of our shoes are stored in our garage, but my kids have created little mailboxes for themselves (it started when I printed out my dh’s email’s to them when he would be traveling for business) and I think that would be a great place to find a little something extra!

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