The Stocking.

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The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…

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In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

4This is our first year without a fireplace to hang our stockings by “with care”… however, we found a place by the stairway to decorate and hang our stockings. No cause for concern, we are covered. 😉

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I hung garland down the staircase and decorated with western bandana bulb ornaments, red metal stars and red and white cowbells with different ribbons. {The cowbells were used as our wedding “noise makers”…so they are a little sentimental to us :) }

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Those are our stockings.

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of stockings came from?

Well, it actually started in the 4th century with a Bishop of Myra (in present day Turkey) who is better known as Saint Nicholas. {If you didn’t read my Santa debate post, you can read the post here and more about St. Nicholas here.}

The story goes something like this:

There was a family too poor to afford a dowry for their daughters to be married. Saint Nicholas (who happened to inherit quite a bit of wealth) tossed gold coins…enough for a generous dowry…down the chimney of this family’s home. There were stockings hung to dry by the fire and the gold coins landed in them. Other versions of the story say they landed in shoes by the fire. Regardless, Saint Nicholas saved the daughters from slavery and could afford to be married off. When others in the village had heard what happened, they too left stockings by their fires in hopes for the same fate of finding gold coins in them in the morning.

Thus, the tradition of Old Saint Nicholas began… which has been adapted to the present day Santa Claus coming down the chimney and leaving gifts in your stocking for you to find in the morning.

Other variations of Christmas stocking traditions around the world:

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Hungary:

In Hungary children shine their shoes before putting them near the door or a window sill.

The Netherlands:

Many believe that the Dutch introduced Christmas stockings to America. During the 16th Century children in Holland would leave their clogs by the hearth. They would fill them with straw for the reindeer or “donkey” as the reindeer were called. A treat for Santa was left in the house near the warm fire. In return “Sinterklass” would leave the children treats. Later the clogs would become Christmas stockings and the Saint known to all as Santa Claus.

France:

In France the children place their shoes by the fireplace, a tradition dating back to when children wore wooden peasant shoes.

Italy:

Italian children leave their shoes out the night before Epiphany, January 5, for La Befana the good witch. La Befana fills good children’s shoes with toys and candy and those who have been bad receive rocks and ashes.

Puerto Rico:

In Puerto Rico children put greens and flowers in small boxes and place them under their beds for the camels of the Three Kings.

Quebec and Acadia:

In Quebec and Acadia, children traditionally put their shoes close to the fireplace so that the Infant Jesus, and later “P

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  • http://home-is-where-the-heart-is.blogspot.com Kim-HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs

    I have the same stocking, but mine isn’t monogrammed. Did you monogram it?

  • http://home-is-where-the-heart-is.blogspot.com Kim-HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs

    I have the same stocking, but mine isn’t monogrammed. Did you monogram it?

  • Melissa

    Kim,
    Yes… I just embroidered our names on it with some embroidery floss. Nothing fancy. :)

  • Melissa

    Kim,
    Yes… I just embroidered our names on it with some embroidery floss. Nothing fancy. :)

  • http://www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com cheri peoples

    So many fun things to look at. I hope your Christmas was magical.
    Cheri

  • http://www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com cheri peoples

    So many fun things to look at. I hope your Christmas was magical.
    Cheri

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