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The Legend of Christmas Stockings
All of us have heard the line “the
stockings were hung by the chimney with care”; however, do
you know the origin of this unique tradition?
different customs associated with the hanging of the stockings such as
in some countries shoes were placed near the fireplace on Christmas
Eve, in Canada, stockings were hung by the end of the bed, and the idea
of a “lump of coal” for children on the naughty
list comes from Italy. However, today, not too many people use the
Christmas stocking for much more than a holiday decoration.
of these variations floating around, where did the legend begin? As the
legend goes, a gentle and kind nobleman was living alone with his three
daughters after his wife died from illness. He lost all of his money
from bad business dealing and useless inventions and found himself and
his daughters living in a peasant’s cottage with his
daughters doing all the cleaning, cooking, and sewing.
daughters got older and it was time for them to marry, the man became
very depressed. He knew his daughters would not be able to marry
without dowries, money, and property to give to the new
night, the three girls washed their clothing and hung their stockings
over the fireplace for them to dry. Later that evening, while everyone
was sleeping Saint Nicholas, stopped by the once nobleman’s
house. Saint Nicholas knew the desperation of the father, when he spied
the girl’s stockings over the fireplace. Saint Nicholas had a
wonderful idea; he took three bags of gold from his pouch and threw
them one by one down the chimney. Each bag of gold landed in one
stocking after the other until all three stockings had one bag of gold.
next morning, the man’s daughters found the gold in their
stockings, which was enough for each one of them to get married. The
nobleman lived a very long and happy life seeing all three daughters