Hang the stockings with care
December 15, 2020
Holiday traditions are what make Christmas special, and one of the most revered customs is the Christmas stocking.
Its origin is tied to St. Nicholas, who was said to have given three balls of gold to a poor man whose daughters couldn’t marry because he couldn’t afford the dowries. Legend has it that the balls were tossed down the man’s chimney and were found in the daughters’ stockings, which were drying by the fire.
People honored the story and St. Nicholas by hanging stockings on the eve of St. Nicholas Day (December 6) and gifting oranges instead of gold spheres, a custom that continues today in many European countries. More common in North America is hanging a special Christmas stocking on Christmas Eve “by the chimney with care,” as was depicted in the iconic holiday poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
What to do if you happen to be without a chimney or a mantel? Fear not. There are many creative ways to hang a stocking, and there are many ways to celebrate our stockings.
First, our stockings include traditional shapes, like our classic Trailing Holly Stocking, which is bright red and accented with embroidery and glass beads and holly leaves of Courtly Check fabric. But because we also like to put a twist on tradition, you’ll also find that we have two Jumbo stockings with hooked fronts that feature a jester and a nutcracker, respectively, that can hold even more treats. Also weighing in are Patience Brewster Dash Away Nicholas and Mrs. Santa Stockings, which are embroidered on both the front and back and are extra long.
As for where to hang stockings other than a fireplace or mantel, try one of these ten suggestions: on a door, on a wreath, on a bedpost, on a window, on a hall tree, on a door frame, on a staircase, on a bookshelf, on a ladder, or on a door frame that’s festooned with a bit of greenery.
What’s more, you’ll find the we have other ways to enjoy the tradition of stockings. In fact, our trio of colorful Elf Stockings are on everything from pillows to door mats to tea towels. You’ll also find Golden Hour Stocking Ornaments and Tartan Stocking Ornaments, so you can even hang a stocking on a Christmas tree or add them to a wrapped package.
So, the bottom line with stockings is this: Start with an orange to celebrate the legend of St. Nicholas, and then fill them to your heart’s content. If you need some ideas on stocking stuffers, we’re happy to get you started. Check our Gift Guide for ideas for everyone on your list, including girls, guys, children, and your furry friends.