December 22, 2013

Christmas stockings!

In medieval times people across Europe celebrated St. Nicholas’s Day on December 6. In a number of northern European countries, folk traditions developed around the idea of St. Nicholas bringing treats to children on St. Nicholas Eve. Adults instructed children to leave their shoes by the fire that evening so that the saint could pop down the chimney and fill them up with fruit, nuts, and cookies. In some parts of Europe families substituted stockings for shoes. In Germany children began to hang stockings by the end of their beds on Christmas Eve so that the Christ child could fill them with treats. This stocking custom migrated to the United States, England, France and Italy during the nineteenth century.

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