What does Santa leave in your stocking?
The big Man is really busy this year, so here are a few fun ideas to help Santa with the Christmas stockings.
Wondering how the Christmas stocking tradition came to be, and why it’s hung out by the fireplace?
WhyChristmas?com tells the legend of how the generous and rich St. Nicholas – the inspiration for Santa Claus – decided to
help out a poor man who could not afford to provide dowries for his three
daughters. One night, St. Nicholas secretly dropped a bag of gold down the
chimney of the man’s house to help pay for his eldest daughter’s dowry, and the
gold fell into a stocking that had been hung by the fire to dry. St. Nicholas
later repeated this for the second daughter, and then was caught by the father.
Although he asked the father not to spread the news of his gift, word got out
and soon St. Nicholas became associated with surprise gifts!
For a long time, people put golden fruit such as tangerines or satsumas to represent the gold St. Nicholas dropped into the stocking, so if you haven’t been doing this, it could be a neat tradition for you to revisit!
Hope these stocking-stuffer ideas help save you time and make Christmas 2010 a merry one indeed!
If you have some ideas and suggestions, please share with us Twitter Moms.