The tradition of hanging Christmas stockings on Christmas dates back to the legend of St. Nicholas during the third century in Myra, Turkey. According to legend, filling stockings with gold was a way for St. Nicholas to give poor girls dowries.Continue Reading
According to the St. Nicholas Center Organization, St. Nicholas aided the poor, especially those girls whose families could not afford to give them dowries, by dropping gold down chimneys or through windows. This money would land in stockings that were hung up to dry. Another story says that the stocking tradition began when children would leave their shoes out filled with hay for Santa Claus's horse. He then would replace the hay with gifts.
St. Nicholas was reputedly born in the third century in Patara, a place that is now Demre, Turkey. His parents, who raised him as a Christian in what was then a Grecian province, died in an epidemic. Nicholas used what was left of the family fortune to help those less fortunate. He eventually became the Bishop of Myra where he continued his good works. He died on December 6, on what is now known as St. Nicholas Day. Many countries, such as Poland, celebrate this day with gift giving and feasts.Learn more about Christmas
Make Christmas stockings by folding, cutting and sewing fabric into a stocking shape and adding upholstery webbing as decoration. This project takes under an hour. You need patterned or colored fabric, scissors, a pencil or pen, a sewing machine or needle and thread, pins, ribbon, a bow, trim and upholstery webbing.Full Answer >
Make your own Christmas stockings by knitting one yourself, sewing one out of fabric scraps from an old sweater or making one from felt. Another way to make a personalized stocking is to buy a plain stocking and personalize it with iron-on patches, bells, glitter glue and other embellishments.Full Answer >
To make an office cubicle more festive at Christmas, stationery supplies such as paper, pushpins, staples and padded envelopes can be re-purposed to create decorations like baubles, stockings and stars. Traditional or shop-bought decorations, including tinsel, are also good for the finishing touches.Full Answer >
Stores that sell old-fashioned Christmas stockings online include Etsy, Personal Creations and eBay. Those who prefer to shop locally can try Pottery Barn or Lands' End. Some of the creations on Etsy and eBay are unique.Full Answer >