Legend Of Christmas Stocking: Christmas Legend
The Tradition Of Christmas Stocking
Aforementioned is the most widely accepted story behind the tradition of the Christmas stockings. Be it the East or the West, children hang their stockings on Christmas Eve hoping Santa Claus will fill them with gifts, toys or candies.
Traditions Across The World
- It is believed that in 16th century Holland, children would stuff their wooden shoes with straw for Sinterklaas’s reindeer (some people are of the opinion that the animal was Sinterklaas’s horse, not a reindeer). The next day the children would find gifts for themselves in return for their benevolence.
- Children in Hungary are known to shine their shoes before placing them near the door or the window sill in the hopes that the shine would impress the gift bearer and they would end up getting presents for the amount of effort that they put in to the shoes.
- The Italian children leave their shoes for La Befana, the good witch, the night before Epiphany, which is January 5. The same night, Puerto Rican children put flowers, as well as greens, in small boxes and leave them under the bed for the camels of the Three Magi. All this in the effort of pleasing gift bearers and getting some gifts in return
The Second Story
The first official indication of Christmas stockings being hung over a chimney was made in the later part of the 19th century by a writer named Clement Moore in his story “Visit from St. Nick” , illustrated by Thomas Nash.
To conclude, there are different stories supporting the origin of the custom of hanging Christmas stockings. Even the most accepted stories have variations, this story being no exception. Irrespective of everything, this tradition of hanging or placing Christmas stockings is followed with enthusiasm by children from all over the world, every Christmas.