When we were kids my mother, like so many others, hand-craft stockings for my brother and I. Last year she passed mine onto me when she came by it in her holiday decorations box.
I had an instant flash back to my childhood and that excitement of Christmas morning. Our Durban, South Africa, home had a long hallway leading from our bedrooms through to the dining room, living room and kitchen. The bedrooms were separated from the living area by a door that was A-L-W-A-Y-S locked on Christmas eve after we went to bed!
I don’t remember exactly when Mom introduced our stockings but it was a very clever way of distracting us from sneaking peeks at our gifts before dad got up – which always seemed like forever!
Last year my daughter got her first hand-crafted stocking and this year I’ve decided to add a limited edition of stockings to the online shop. So it seemed only fitting that I should know a little more about this Christmas tradition.
It seems that the most popular legend goes something 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.” Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com
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