By People Staff
November 21, 2007 12:00 PM

Growing up in Garden City, N.Y., The Insider coanchor Lara Spencer and her siblings loved waking up on Dec. 25 to find the stockings their mother had needlepointed for them stuffed with gifts. “It was the biggest highlight of Christmas,” says Spencer, 38. “They were the first things we opened.” It’s a tradition Spencer, who lives in Connecticut, now shares with husband David Haffenreffer and their children Duff, 5, and Kate, 3. “Christmas Eve, I fill their stockings with so many little goodies that they practically fall off the mantel,” she says. “When the kids wake, they peek over the stairs and the first things they see are the stockings over-flowing. That’s how you know Santa came.” Another sure sign: Santa’s milk and cookies are gone, as is the “reindeer food”—actually glitter and pencil shavings—they sprinkled on the lawn the night before. “It may seem silly, but these are the traditions that made Christmas special to me. I want to give that to my kids.”