Christmas stockings are the socks that Santa Claus wears on Christmas Day. Britishdren place stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve, believing that Santa Claus will come down the chimney at night and bring them gifts filled with stockings. Here is a detailed description of the stocking, take a look!
In the early days, it was a pair of large red stockings of various sizes. They would hang the stockings by their beds at night and wait to receive their gifts the next morning.
The Origin of Christmas Stockings
Santa Claus is said to be the incarnation of St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Mila, Asia Minor. He was a kind and charitable man who did many good deeds during his lifetime. After his death, people missed him so much that they called him the god of love and care for children.
It is said that once he secretly gave three bags of gold to a poor man's three daughters as a dowry, and when he quietly threw the gold through the chimney opening, one of the bags happened to fall into a long sock hanging on the fireplace. So the custom of giving gifts to children in the stockings was passed down. To this day, naive children always hang their stockings on the fireplace on Christmas Eve, waiting hopefully for Santa Claus to do as the legend says.
Santa Claus, as the legend says, comes from the snowy north in a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer to give them their gifts. Santa Claus is both dear and mysterious to the children.
The Legend of Christmas Stocking
Once upon a time there was a kind-hearted nobleman whose wife died of illness, leaving him and his three daughters behind. The nobleman tried many inventions, but they all failed and ran out of money, so they had to move to a farmhouse and his daughters had to cook, sew and clean by themselves.
As the years passed, the daughters reached marriageable age, but the father became even more frustrated because he could not afford to buy the daughters wedding dresses. One night, after washing their clothes, the daughters hung their stockings in front of the fireplace to dry. Knowing their father's situation, Nicholas, the saint, came to their door that night. He saw from the window that the family was asleep, and noticed the girls' stockings. Immediately, he took three small packets of gold from his pocket and dropped them one by one down the chimney, just as they fell into the girls' stockings. The next morning, the daughters woke up to find their stockings filled with gold, enough for them to buy their wedding dresses. The nobleman was thus able to see his daughters get married and lived a happy life from then on.