“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.”
-Clement C. Moore, The Night Before Christmas
Every Christmas we hang our stockings with the anticipation of Santa (or family members) filling them with small presents and candies. I, for one, think that the stockings are the best part! I was wondering though, how did this tradition come to be?
According to Smithsonian magazine, the legend goes like this:
“A recently widowed man and father of three girls was having a tough time making ends meet. Even though his daughters were beautiful, he worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry.
St. Nicholas was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard villagers discussing that family’s plight. He wanted to help but knew the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, he slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins. And then he disappeared.
The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because of St. Nick’s generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair.”
Another theory is that Saint Nicholas actually filled the stockings with gold balls, and that oranges became a popular stocking stuffer to represent these gold balls.
However they came to be, I’m glad they did, as they sure look cute hanging from the mantel or down a staircase! No surprise, I especially love the vintage felt ones. The graphics of the stockings from the 40s and 50s are so bold, and the felted ones embellished with sequins from the late 50s and 60s are absolutely charming! I love the texture of the sparkly sequins against the felt.
Whether this is the true history of the Christmas stocking or not, it definitely is a fun tradition! These small, red felt stockings were trimmed out in vintage. Vintage ribbon, a small bell and ornament, glittered snow batting, and a vintage, sequined wreath were added to dress these simple red shapes to look like their vintage counterparts.
Sweet packaging for a small gift, or as a bit of Christmas decor. These embellished stockings are now in the store and can be found HERE.
Enjoy the rest of the week, and all of the upcoming Thanksgiving preparations. 🙂