Inspiration struck me as I came upon the Christmas stockings that my husband and I had filled and exchanged when we were still dating. These were not our childhood stockings, which now hang over the fireplace along with those of our three children. These were 'extras' that I normally just threw back in the box of miscellaneous Christmas stuff.
But, now I had an idea. A definitely "NC-17"-rated idea.
I shared this idea with my husband a few nights before Christmas when I presented him with a stocking filled with little items that would not be suitable for exchanging Christmas morning. He understandably loved his 'grownup stocking', and we have continued the tradition ever since.
Now, before your mind goes too deep into the gutter, let me say that there is a pretty big range of items that will fit into a stocking and that won't make you blush too much. A gift certificate to Victoria's Secret. A bottle of massage oil. A homemade coupon book, redeemable for back rubs, a bubble bath or a candlelight dinner. A CD mix of songs that remind you of when you were dating. A letter telling your spouse how much you love him or her. A poem.
Or, you can go right for the jugular (or whatnot) and get much more adult in your approach. I am admittedly a wimp in this area, so I'll just send you over to Kristen's fabulous gift guide at Mominatrix (not suitable for kids, or my husband's aunt, our parents or anyone who knows me from church).
Yes, Christmas is for the kids. But, that doesn't mean we can't have fun too.