A Personalized Christmas Stocking - The Tradition of the Christmas Stocking
The tradition of hanging Christmas stockings on Christmas dates back to the legend of St. Nicholas during the third century in Myra, Turkey. According to legend, filling stockings with gold was a way for St. Nicholas to give poor girls dowries.
St. Nicholas aided the poor, especially those girls whose families could not afford to give them dowries, by dropping gold down chimneys or through windows. This money would land in stockings that were hung up to dry. Another story says that the stocking tradition began when children would leave their shoes out filled with hay for Santa Claus's horse. He then would replace the hay with gifts. St. Nicholas was reputedly born in the third century in Patara, a place that is now Demre, Turkey. His parents, who raised him as a Christian, died in an epidemic. Nicholas used what was left of the family fortune to help those less fortunate. He died on December 6, on what is now known as St. Nicholas Day and many countries celebrated this as St Nicholas Day.
The practice of hanging stockings at Christmas in the United States dates from the early 19th century at least, and may have its origins in the time of Saint Nicholas. Christmas stockings are mentioned in the 1823 poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas," which famously begins "'Twas the night before Christmas," so they were already a common tradition in America by this time.
Many cultures have a similar tradition of putting their shoes by the fireplace or outside their doors in order to be filled with gifts, either on Christmas Eve or on the Eve of St. Nicholas Day (December 6th or the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6). Christmas stockings may have evolved from this tradition as wooden shoes became uncommon. Regular socks were probably used before specialized stockings became the norm.
Christmas stocking are a perfect addition to your family's holiday. Christmas may be a busy time for adults, but for kids, it's a season of pure magic. Spread a little extra magic this holiday season with fun Christmas stockings. Embroidered names of each family member make it so personal.