The image of stockings hung from the mantel is almost as iconic as the Christmas tree. I wondered where the stocking tradition originated, so I asked google. There are several stories and traditions to choose from. The most common story is that of a nobleman who lost his wife and fortune. He is left with 1-4 daughters (depending on the version) and no money for the dowries or their futures. Saint Nicholas is passing through the village and hears their story. He wants to help, but the man would not accept his charity. After the daughters wash their stockings and hang them to dry at the fire, St. Nick throws bags of gold down the chimney to land in each stocking. Dowries sorted and everyone lives happily ever after.
Whether you prefer that tradition, or any of the others surrounding the origins of Christmas Stockings, these stockings are just so cute that I had to share. Enjoy!
From Ballard Designs, polka-dot stockings that can be personalized.
Also from Ballard Designs, personalized stockings for those beloved pets.
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