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|Christmas Stockings: Christmas Stocking History
Read about the history of Christmas stocking and check out the origin of Christmas stockings.
Hanging a Christmas stocking is a tradition that has been followed
since times immemorial. This tradition has an interesting history behind
it. Though there are no written records of the origin of Christmas
stocking, there are quite some popular stories that have passed through
generations till date. Though there have been some modifications in many
such stories, one of the most popular legend that talks about the
history of Christmas is given in the following lines.
Many centuries back, there lived a poor man in a village who had three
beautiful daughters. His wife had passed away due to some illness and he
had spent all his money to cure his wife. Thus, he was left with no
money to get his daughters married. The three daughters were very kind
and strong and this is what worried their father even more. He was
concerned what would happen to them after his death.
It so happened that once, St. Nicholas was passing through the village
when he over heard the discussion of some villagers who were talking
about the pitiable condition of the three girls. St. Nicholas wanted to
help the poor father but he knew that the old man won't accept money
just like that. He decided to help in a secret way. He waited till it
was night and stealthily came into their house 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
each bag in each stocking and then went away. When the girls and their
father woke up the next morning, they were thrilled to find the bags of
gold coins. He happily married off his daughters one after the other and
they also remained happy for the rest of their lives. The word about St.
Nicholas being so generous spread throughout the village and then all
over the land. Since then, it has been a tradition to hang stocking on
Christmas in the hope that St. Nicholas would bring a present.