The hanging of stockings by the fireplace is one of the most popularly observed Christmas customs. However, the fireplace is not the exclusive option–people who don’t have one hang their stockings on doorknobs, windowsills, or bedposts. Don’t worry, when Christmas Eve arrives, Santa Claus will find them anyway!
The tradition of Christmas stockings originated in the generous deeds of a nobleman named Nicholas who was born in 280 A.D.Legend has it that one night Nicholas secretly dropped a bag of gold down the man’s chimney knowing that he would never accept the gift willingly. The gold slipped into a stocking that was hanging to dry over the fireplace. And thus, the man could now afford gifts for his oldest daughter and the legend of Santa and the Christmas stocking was born!