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Why Do We Hang Christmas Stockings?

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For those of us who do hang Christmas stockings, have you ever wondered why?

The easy answer is tradition, of course. Well, that and the fact that they make an exceptional place to stuff extra holiday goodies. But, as with any tradition, there’s more to the story when it comes to Christmas stockings.

An Empty Stocking

The funny thing about the Christmas-stocking story is that, as far as anyone can tell, that’s all it ever was – a story. So many of our traditions spring from symbolism: Easter eggs symbolize new life, Christmas trees represent eternal life and Halloween masks were traditionally worn to “trick” the spirits of the dead into leaving the wearer alone.

The Christmas stocking, on the other hand, has no larger meaning behind it. It is a unique tradition in that its only symbolism is manifested in the thing itself – an empty stocking. As kids today might say, it’s all very meta.

A Stockingly Sad Story

There are a few different versions of the stocking story floating about in the annals of history, the details of which range from touchingly sad to weirdly awful.

The basic yarn is that St. Nick hears of a poor man who worries about how to support his three loving daughters, and so the jolly gift-giver drops three bags of gold down the man’s chimney – which so happen to land in one of each of the girls’ stockings that were hung there to dry (presumably with care).

Aw, isn’t that heartwarming? Yet, for whatever reason, it apparently wasn’t sad enough, which is why other versions portray the man as a depressed, jobless widower worried that his daughters would be forced to turn to prostitution because he couldn’t afford their dowries.

This may be the oldest evidence of why some sequels should never be made.

ATGStores.com hopes all of your Christmas stockings are filled with cheer this year.

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