History of Christmas Stockings

Christmas stockings historyIf you buy Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kits, you have to know the wonderful history behind the Christmas Stockings.

There are several stories that have been told for decades, and are believed to be true, and each and every one of them is trying to tell the legend of how the Christmas stockings tradition started.

In our days, hanging Christmas stocking kits is one of the favorite traditions of all the children around the world, who eagerly wait for St Nicholas to fill their stockings full of gifts. They would decorate their stockings and try to make them as beautiful as possible, and then hang them by the fireplace.

The origin of Christmas Stockings is dated many centuries ago, and it starts by telling us of a poor man who lived in a village. This man had three wonderful daughters, and after his wife died, he was left to raise them alone.

Because he spent all his money trying to cure his wife, there were no more money left to marry his girls, and in those times nobody would marry a girl if she didn’t have any money.

The three daughters were known for their kindness and wiliness, and this would worry their father even more, as he was didn’t know what will happen to them after he will die.

But one day, St. Nicholas passed through that village and heard from some of the villagers about the rough condition of the three girls. He wanted to help the poor father, but he knew that the man wouldn’t accept any kind of help.

So St. Nicholas decided to help him quietly, so nobody would find out. He waited until it was dark outside, and sneaked into his house through the chimney. He had three bags of golden coins with him, one for each girl. After he got into the house, as he was looking for a place to put the three bags of coins, he saw the stockings of the three girls hanging over the mantelpiece to dry.

history of christmas stockingsSo he took the bags full of coins and put each bag in each stocking and then he disappeared.

The next morning, when the father and his daughters woke up, they were thrilled to see the bags of gold coins in the stockings. He now had enough money to marry his daughters, one after another, and to see them happy for the rest of their life.

The story about the generosity of St. Nicholas spread very quickly amongst the villagers, and soon all over the land.

Since then, it has remained a tradition to hang stockings on Christmas so St. Nicholas would come and bring gifts.

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  • Wow I always wondered how the tradition of stocking by the fire came about. This will be a great story to tell my family over Christmas thanks. Great site good information thanks.

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  • What a great story! I actually remember hearing this one as a child. It’s amazing and wonderful how some traditions can last through centuries!

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  • I’ve always heard about St Nicholas but never thought about him being the one to start the stocking tradition. Very fun and interesting story. I’ll be sure to share it with the family at Christmas this year … although the kids may be disappointed to find only candy and trinkets in their stockings rather than gold coins!

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  • Until I met my wife I had never had my own Christmas stocking. Now it is such an important part of our Christmas ritual.

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  • It would be cool if St. nicholas could come with bags fuul of money for people all around the world. Christmas stockings will always be around, your right it is a tradition!

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  • wow! I never heard that story before… not even as a kid. St. Nick helping a father get his daughters married off seems logical to me!

    thanks for the story!

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  • I have never hear that story. Where have I been? Stockings are definitely one of our favorite Christmas traditions. Usually Santa puts chapstick, hair bows, gum, a candy bar and of course an orange in the stocking. Wish Santa would leave gold coins for us!

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  • Same here I have never heard this story thank you for sharing I am going to pass this on to my wife. I am sure she would love to hear it thanks.

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