Ready To Hang My Christmas Stocking by Adventures of Miss ViVi Gold
For many, Christmas evening means hanging up your stockings at night and waiting with anticipation for Christmas morning to find them filled with small gifts and treats. But do you know how a simple knitted sock came to be associated with Christmas?
The Legend of the Christmas Stocking
"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there"
There was a kindly nobleman whose wife had died of an illness leaving the nobleman and his three daughters in despair. After losing all his money in useless and bad inventions the family had to move into a peasant's cottage, where the daughters did their own cooking, sewing and cleaning.
When it came time for the daughters to marry, the father became even more depressed as his daughters could not marry without dowries, money and property given to the new husband's family.
One night after the daughters had washed out their clothing they hung their stockings over the fireplace to dry. That night Saint Nicholas, knowing the despair of the father, stopped by the nobleman's house. Looking in the window Saint Nicholas saw that the family had gone to bed. He also noticed the daughters stockings. Inspiration struck Saint Nicholas and he took three small bags of gold from his pouch and threw them one by one down the chimney and they landed in the stockings.
The next morning when the daughters awoke they found their stockings contained enough gold for them to get married. The nobleman was able to see his three daughters marry and he lived a long and happy life.
As a child, I never found a bag of gold in my stocking but I used to find Trixie Belden mysteries and sweets... to me, even better!
Today's giveaway gift is a Brownie Holiday Flash camera from my private collection.
I look forward to seeing your submissions for the prompt: STOCKING.
Please link your blog or flickr url in the link provided below.
Your creative holiday prompt for tomorrow is: ORNAMENT.
The happiest of holidays to everyone!
♥ tammy lee of bliss and folly