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History
While there are no written records of the origin of the Christmas Stocking, there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this Christmas tradition. One such legend has several variations, but the following is a good example: Very long ago, there lived a poor man and his three very beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after his death.

Saint Nicholas was passing through when he heard the villagers talking about the girls. St. Nicholas wanted to help, but knew that the old man wouldn’t accept charity. He decided to help in secret. He waited until it was night and crept through the chimney.

He had three bags of gold coins with him, one for each girl. As he was looking for a place to keep those three bags, he noticed stockings of the three girls that were hung over the mantelpiece for drying. He put one bag in each stocking and off he went. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning, they found the bags of gold coins and were of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after.

This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas. And so St. Nicholas is a gift-giver.

A tradition that began in a European country originally, children simply used one of their everyday socks, but eventually special Christmas stockings were created for this purpose. The Christmas stocking custom is derived from the Germanic figure Odin. According to Phyllis Siefker, children would place their boots, filled with carrots, straw, or sugar, near the chimney for Odin’s flying horse, Sleipnir, to eat. Odin would reward those children for their kindness by replacing Sleipnir’s food with gifts or candy.This practice, she claims, survived in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands after the adoption of Christianity and became associated with Saint Nicholas as a result of the process of Christianization. Today, stores carry a large variety of styles and sizes of Christmas stockings, and Christmas stockings are also a popular homemade craft.

Many families create their own Christmas stockings with each family member’s name applied to the stocking so that Santa will know which stocking belongs to which family member.

A ‘Square Stocking’] is a box sent by the charity Uk4u-Thanks! to UK servicemen who are overseas or injured at Christmas.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_stocking

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Comments

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 3 years ago

    This is great and so creative! Love it!

  • AWWW….THANX SO KINDLY DARLENE!!

    – Tammera

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago

    GREAT IDEA WELL DONE TAMMERA LIZ

  • THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH DEAR LIZ!..;-D

    – Tammera

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 3 years ago

    Fabulous work , love the vivid colours x

  • AWWW….THANX IRENE!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 3 years ago

    very nice too xx

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH DEAREST LYNN…;-D

    – Tammera

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful happy work Tammera, love, anna xoxo

  • AWW….THANX KINDLY DEAREST ANNA!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • Rita  H. Ireland
    Rita H. Irelandalmost 3 years ago

    How colorful..very nice!

  • THANK YOU EVER SO KINLDY DEAR RITA!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 3 years ago

    DElightful!! :)

  • THANX SO KINDLY KEITH!!

    – Tammera

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanalmost 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for the history.. I have fond memories of leaving my personal stocking at the foot of my bed in anticipation of Father Christmas ( I lived in England til age 9)

  • AWWW…HOW SWEET!
    THANX SO KINDLY HON!!

    – Tammera

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...almost 3 years ago

  • FEATURE!!
    TRULY AN HONOR…THANX EVER SO KINDLY KIM!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • Dennis Melling
    Dennis Mellingalmost 3 years ago

    Very Nice :)
    Congratulations for your feature in Live & Let Live
    Dennis

  • AWWW THANX SO MUCH DENNIS!!..;-D

    – Tammera

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