The wait is over because now Christmas is coming. On December 25, children’s beloved Santa Claus is once again filling his bags to give gifts to the children. Children’s beloved Santa also called Christmas Father, Santa raises the smile on children’s faces every Christmas by giving chocolate, toffee & gifts. Only then do children wait for Santa every Christmas.
- The most popular legend about why stockings are hung at Christmas goes something like this: A recently widowed man and father of three girls was having a tough time making ends meet. Even though his daughters were beautiful, he worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry.
- St. Nicholas was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard villagers discussing that family’s plight. He wanted to help but knew the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, he slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins. And then he disappeared.
- The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because of St. Nick’s generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair. Whew! While obviously far-fetched, this tale of unknown origin and date is most widely referenced when it comes to the history of the Christmas stocking.
For some, the ritual has translated into hanging a nondescript sock (the bigger, the better, of course) pulled from Dad’s drawer. For others, it has meant a personalized, decorated, maybe even handmade, foot-shaped bag hung year after year. And sometimes, it means not hanging the stocking by a fireplace at all!
If you celebrate Christmas, what’s your stocking of choice? A tube sock, a silk stocking, the traditional red and white variety, or something else completely?