I use a curtain rod to hang the Christmas stockings from the fireplace mantel. It will handle more weight then the stocking holders do and its easy to slide the stockings to the side when we light a fire.
Normally, I take it down after Christmas and store the rod with the decorations or in the living room closet.
Sometimes I put it up again if we have other items to hang, such as decorative items, herbs to dry, or if I make candles to hang until cured or gloves to dry. Its easy to put up an down.
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My roomie has a lovely fireplace. There is no way to hang her stocking without a hook so I came up with an idea.
I solved the stocking hanging at the fireplace this way: I used a sort of heavy candle with a holiday candle ring around it on the mantle. I used a pipe cleaner hidden in all of it to hook our stockings on. We don't actually put anything in the stocking, so the delicate nature of the solution is not a problem.
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