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Christmas Stockings – Christmas traditions

December 16, 2010

Another Christmas tradition and it’s strange origin is the Christmas Stocking.

According to legend, a kindly nobleman grew despondent over the death of his beloved wife and foolishly squandered his fortune. This left his three young daughters without dowries and thus facing a life of spinsterhood.

The generous St. Nicholas, hearing of the girls’ plight, set forth to help. Wishing to remain anonymous, he rode his white horse by the nobleman’s house and threw three small pouches of gold coins down the chimney where they were fortuitously captured by the stockings the young women had hung by the fireplace to dry.

Read more about christmas stockings via Christmas traditions : the origins of Xmas and facts.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Cassie P permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:18 AM

    hi Suzi

    My father is Dutch (Australian Citizen now though) and so we still celebrate St Nick. My uncle dresses up and 2 of the older kids are chosen to be his special helpers. They come in and throw “Chuck stuff” which is usually a combination of lollies and little gingerbread bits and chocolate coins. This is to represent the little sweets and gifts that St Nick used to put in the kids clogs in the old days. The kids love it!

    Thanks for all the lovely Christmas posts.

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    • December 22, 2010 8:26 PM

      Cassie,
      I love the European Christmas customs and love celebrating on Christmas Eve.
      Suzi

      Like

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