The Story of the Christmas Stocking
One of the popular legends tells the story of a widower who lived in a small village with his three daughters, he could not afford to provide a dowry for them and so they would not be able to be married. St Nicholas was passing by the small village one night and heard of the family in need. Knowing that the widower would not accept charity, he dropped 3 gold coins down the chimney and they landed in the girls stockings which were hanging up to dry by the fireplace.
And thus the modern tradition was born. Children all over the world continue the tradition of hanging an empty Christmas stocking on the mantelpiece, bedposts, doorknobs or staircase, in the hope that Santa Claus will fill it with small gifts or treats.
In some Christmas stories, the Christmas stocking gifts are the only toys the child receives at Christmas from Father Christmas, while in other traditions some presents are also wrapped up and placed under the Christmas Tree.
A popular ‘recipe’ for children’s Christmas stocking gift giving that still works today is “Something to eat, Something to read, Something to play with, and something they need”
But it is not only children who eagerly await to have a stocking filled with gifts, many teens and ‘grown ups’ hang up a Christmas Stocking in anticipation too.
We have great ideas which make ideal ‘grown up’ stocking fillers or Secret Santa gifts for under £10, such as the handcrafted novelty cape soap owl or sculpted fynbos soap rose (£7.50); perhaps a heavenly slice of soap cake (£9.50); a mini makeup purse (£8); a travel size natural plant wax candle (£6); pampering Bath Teabags (£5) or a couple of essential oil wax melts (£2.50 each)
The World’s Biggest Christmas Stocking
The largest Christmas stocking measured 51m 35cm in length and 21m 63cm in width (heel to toe) and was produced by the volunteer emergency services organisation Pubblica Assistenza Carrara e Sezioni in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy, on 5 January 2011. The event was organized in order to raise money for a charity helping the aged, and it was also a seasonal celebration for the city of Carrara. Fulfilling the guideline that the stocking had to be filled with presents, the volunteers filled the stocking with balloons containing sweets inside.