History of Christmas Stockings Discover the Christmas custom, story, myth and legend associated with
Christmas Stockings. This festive tradition and Christmas custom, with its familiar symbol and meaning, has evolved over time. But what is the history, meaning
and origin of Christmas Stockings? This
article provides facts and information about the history of
as a familiar symbol, tradition and Christmas custom.
The History of
Some origins date back to the pagan
traditions and customs of the ancients. Other symbols, customs and
traditions have specific religious significance to the Christian
religion and the Nativity of Jesus Christ. And finally there are
many new, non-religious customs which have emerged due to increased prosperity and the
commercialism of the festival in the modern world.
Christmas Stockings are a relatively new Christmas
The Custom of
hanging Christmas Stockings The custom of hanging Christmas
stockings on the mantelpiece is a modern tradition. Christmas
stockings are brightly colored, usually in red, and act as
containers for small gifts left by
Santa Claus. Some family
traditions specify that the gifts in the Christmas stockings are
from Santa Claus, whilst other gifts left under the Xmas tree are
from the family. Other families tell children that all of the gifts
are left by Santa, but they were paid for by the family. The small
gifts included in Christmas stocking include Christmas fruit, such
as mandarin oranges, gold chocolate coins and inexpensive trinkets.
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The history of Christmas Stockings is closely associated
with Santa Claus and the legends surrounding
Saint Nicholas, on
whom the Santa character is based. The most repeated story about
Saint Nicholas illustrates his reputation for secretly giving gifts.
He is reputed to give three bags of gold to be used as dowries for
three girls in his district. The poem Santa
Claus and his Works by George P. Webster and illustrated by Thomas Nast helped to create the legends
and myths surrounding Santa Claus. The following is taken from the
"When Christmas Eve comes, into bed you must creep,
And late in the night, when you all are asleep
He is certain to come, so your stockings prepare,
And hang them all close to the chimney with care."
The famous poem "A Visit
from St. Nicholas" commonly known today by its opening line
T'was the night before Christmas was written in 1822 by Clement
Clarke Moore. The Christmas Stockings also feature in this poem the
opening verse is as follows:
T'was the night
before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The poem continues telling
the story of Santa Claus and his flying reindeers and how he goes
down the chimney to deliver gifts to the children The Christmas
Stockings are again mentioned in the following lines:
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
Christmas Stockings Christmas is
celebrated worldwide, throughout the Christian population of
2275 million people,
but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural
festival. A Christmas custom or tradition is symbolized by a familiar symbol or icon, such as
Christmas Stockings, have come to represent the spirit
and meaning of this special time of the year.
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