Since they’re technically a piece of clothing and there’s nothing better then one filled to the brim with odd baubles and bits of dark chocolate, we decided to delve into the history of Christmas stockings. Used since the early 1800s, with oranges for the good girls and coal for the naughty ones, our favourite version (below) comes courtesy of the Smithsonian. We hope it’s true.
Very long ago, there lived a poor man and his three very beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after his death. Saint Nicholas was passing through when he heard the villagers talking about the girls. St. Nicholas wanted to help, but knew that the old man wouldn't accept charity. He decided to help in secret. After dark he threw three bags of gold through an open window, one landed in a stocking. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning they found the bags of gold and were, of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after. Other versions of the story say that Saint Nicholas threw the three bags of gold directly into the stockings which were hung by the fireplace to dry.
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