Mum shares urgent warning about the importance of safely securing Christmas stockings after her toddler sadly lost his eye.

Nicole Mackintosh Leo posted a very important message on her Facebook page that has since gone viral with over 4000 shares.

She wrote: “Not a fun post, but an important one as you begin decorating for the holidays. Three years ago, my son (then 14 months) was at home with his nanny when he pulled on a Christmas stocking and the weighted stocking holder fell and hit him directly in his left eye.

After emergency surgery the doctors determined that the damage was too extensive and that he would need to have his eye removed. One week later we were at Children’s for his enucleation surgery.

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Our story has a happy ending. Our son has a flawless prosthetic eye. He is one of the silliest, bravest, most fun-loving boys I know. He plays soccer, t-ball, and he loves swimming. We are lucky.

I hope by posting this, I’m raising awareness. Please reconsider using weighted stocking holders. There are much safer alternatives. We use 3M Command hooks. Please share. Please help us raise awareness.”

Something to keep in mind before you hang the stockings this year!

A quick google search showed me lots of similar weights to the below designs.

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I actually didn’t realise these things existed. Am I behind the times? Or are they not really an Aussie thing?

How do you hang your Christmas stockings?

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  • I knew they existed, but always thought they were a bit precarious.


  • Oh goodness, what a sad story.


  • It is a good time to remind us of the dangers. Why would you make one so heavy?


  • We always hung our stockings from the mantelpiece with stick on hooks. They were strong but if they did come off they wouldn’t be a problem


  • We have never hung Christmas stockings, just popped them under the tree with the presents. Such a sad story, but a timely reminder at this time.


  • Poor boy! We don’t hang stockings we just place them under the tree.


  • Oh my goodness, what a scary freak accident.


  • Wow, I had never heard of such a thing. We don’t hang Christmas stockings, but it’s certainly information worth having.


  • I had a stocking holder but stopped using it because it was really way to light and flimsy to support any kind of weight going into the stocking. We now use hooks to put up the stockings.


  • Ouch! That is brutal. Our stockings all just get chucked under the tree.


  • We don’t use Christmas stockings, but this is a timely warning for those who do.


  • same reason we need to be careful of table cloths, always have to be on you toes with little explorers on the move!


  • Thanks for the heads up ! We never hang stockings.
    Glad this story has a happy end and your son is such a brave and happy boy ! It must have been hard.


  • Did not know such things exited . Our stockings are held by clips on the mantle place, after one of my older children pulled the nail out that were there before.


  • Wow! I seen these before and considered buying these but I might just substitute them will something less dangerous


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