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A History of Christmas Stockings and the best picks from Zivame!

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Stockings have long been thought of as a traditional Christmas addition to the fireplace,but those which hang on the fireplace to wait for Santa’s gifts are a world away from a beautiful pair of silky stockings with their delicate embroidery or potential for seduction!  However, here is a little festive cheer with information about Christmas stockings, how they came to be, and the best picks of real stockings from!

The traditional Christmas stocking has roots in legend!  Legend says the original Saint Nicholas, who traveled around bringing gifts and cheer to those in need, came upon a small village one year and heard of a family in need. An impoverished widower, devastated by the passing of his wife, could not afford to provide a dowry for his three daughters. St. Nick knew the man was too prideful to accept money, so he simply dropped some gold coins down the chimney, which landed in the girl’s stockings, hung by the fireplace to dry. (Or so the tale goes.) Thus the modern tradition was born, though present-day stockings are commonly stuffed with tiny gifts and sweets, not gold.

Nowadays stockings take a much more central role in seduction, and have become thinner, more transparent and are often embellished with beautiful embroidery or detail.  If you want something that you can wear daily, then tights or pantyhose are a full-length option that you can wear to keep yourself warm during the chilly winter months.

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