Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Morning Peace

Children's lit up faces every Christmas gives me a real feeling of delight.
I've always loved traditional practices at Christmas
Hanging stockings comes under that category for me.

Here's the history of hanging stockings:
The tradition of the Christmas stockings began by a story told since ancient time about a kind noble man who had three daughters. The wife of the nobleman expired and the daughters and their father were left in a state of sorrow. The daughters had to do all the work in the house. When the daughters became young and eligible for marriage, the poor father could not afford to give the huge dowries to their husbands.
One evening the daughters, after washing their stockings hung them near the fire place to be dried. Santa Claus being moved by the plight of the daughters came in and put in three bags of gold one in each of the stocking hanging by the chimney. The next morning the family noticed the gold bags and the nobleman had enough for his daughter’s marriage. The daughters got married and they lived happily ever after. Since then children have been hanging Christmas stockings.

Here's some delightful stockings that carry meaning:

Had tons of fun hanging these for my grand-boys this year!
Pictures a little fuzzy but you can imagine what a ruckus was raised when I told them it was for ME!

Here's the "baby" stocking I insisted was for them.

A fun animal stocking

A handmade stocking

And a fancy child's stocking

What do you use for stockings?
Are traditions meaningful to you?
Or do you throw caution to the wind and explore the unconventional?

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