Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Traditions~Christmas stockings

Welcome back, Christmas friends, to my 12 Days of Christmas Traditions series.

I hope you have had fun looking at everyone's wonderful Christmas posts that have been linked up each day. I am so enjoying exploring everyone's Christmas decorations. If you haven't joined in yet and would like to here is a list of the program. Just click on the topic to join in with the fun.

December 3 ~ Gingerbread Houses
December 4 ~ Oh, Christmas Tree!
December 6 ~ Christmas Stockings
December 7 ~ Christmas Puddings
December 10 ~ Christmas Music

Don't forget that on the 12th of December I will be hosting my very first I'll be Home for Christmas Linky party where I invite you to link any of your posts about Christmas! 

You can link up any posts that celebrate Christmas on December 12th. You can share posts about Christmas Crafts, your decorated Christmas home, Christmas recipes, Christmas Songs...
anything Christmassy!

Today I would love to share some gorgeous Christmas Stocking inspiration!

Country Character

Santa's Stockings

Snowy Display
Source: bhg.com 

Des pochettes en velours ornées de fleurs en ruban

We have already heard the legend of St Nicholas thanks to Ann. It is from this story that we actually derive the tradition of the Christmas Stocking. The kindly nobleman from the story grew despondent over the death of his wife and squandered his fortune leaving his three young daughters without dowries and thus facing a life of spinsterhood.

The generous St. Nicholas, heard of the girls' plight and set forth to help. He wished to remain anonymous and so he rode his white horse by the nobleman's house and threw three small pouches of gold coins down the chimney where they were fortuitously captured in the stockings the young women had hung by the fireplace to dry. This is why Christmas stockings are hung near the chimney on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus to fill it with goodies for the children....and the grown ups too of course!

The Story of St. Nicholas. Birth of St. Nicholas, 

The Christmas stocking custom is also derived from the Germanic figure Odin. Children would place their boots, filled with carrots, straw, or sugar, near the chimney for Odin's flying horse, Sleipnir, to eat. Odin would reward those children for their kindness by replacing Sleipnir's food with gifts or candy.

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Some say the Dutch introduced the Christmas stocking to America. The name Santa Claus is derived from Sinterklaas, the Dutch name for the mythical character based on St. Nicholas. He is known there by the name of Sint Nicolaas which explains the use of the two fairly dissimilar names Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas or St. Nick. During the 16th Century, children in Holland would leave their clogs by the hearth filled with straw for the reindeer. A treat for Sinterklaas was left in the house near the fire and in return he would leave the children treats. Later the clogs would become stockings, and the Saint became known as Santa Claus.

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The tradition of Christmas stockings continues today by children from all over the world.

In France children place their shoes by the fireplace, a tradition dating back to when children wore wooden peasant shoes.

In Holland the children fill their shoes with hay and a carrot for the horse of Sintirklass. 

In Hungary children shine their shoes before putting them near the door or a window sill.

Italian children leave their shoes out the night before Epiphany, January 5, for La Befana the good witch. 

These days, Christmas stockings are available in every colour, style, shape and size!

Green and Gold Stairs

Use a Simple Color Scheme
Source: bhg.com

Source: casacullen.com

I think we all agree that, no matter the story, Christmas stockings symbolise the gratitude, surprise and magic of the Christmas season.

Have you hung your stockings with care yet? If you have or if you would like to share any posts about Christmas stockings I would love it if you could link up today! You can post an old post, a new post, a Pinterest Post...anything to do with Christmas Stockings!

You don't have to link up to me but if you would like to add my Christmas button I would be truly honoured!

Thanks for joining in and linking up!

Thank you so much, my dear Christmas friends, for visiting today. I hope you will be back again for tomorrow's 12 Days of Christmas Traditions post-it is all about one of my favourite Christmas treats...Pudding!

Blessings and best Christmas wishes,

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there"


  1. love the use of santa hats for stockings - too cute!!


  2. love the stockings made from old sweaters. Love the concept of your blog

  3. Thank you for the invite to link up here. I just loved looking at all of these stockings featured and linked up here! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  4. So many pretty stockings! I enjoyed reading how this tradition came about.

  5. I love them all! But the wellies with the gifts are my fav! xo

  6. Thanks so much! These are all so fun!!

  7. OMG, LOVE ALL THESE STOCKINGS! The rain boot idea is SUCH a cute idea!

  8. I love all the Christmas stockings. I love hearing how the tradition came about. I like how people put a new slant on the stockings and use gumboots.


  9. Loving your parties Natasha! Such cute stockings and I love the rubber wellies! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  10. I would love to know where you got the old school looking picture of St. Nicholas (above the Fra Angelico painting). I am looking for who the artist was or where to get a good looking print.


Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas," 1976

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