“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…” is a famous line from Clement Moore’s Christmas poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” But have you ever wondered why we hang stockings? Although most countries have their own variations on Santa, the oldest reference to St. Nicholas goes as far back as the third century. One of the stories involves St. Nick passing by the homes of maidens that were too poor to afford a dowry (money that a bride gives to her groom for their wedding). The kind-spirited bishop would throw gold coins down the chimneys of these maidens, where they would fall into stockings, which were hung over the fire to dry.
In our home, we love having the tradition of stockings for all our kids and now our granddaughter. The difference is they are not filled with gold coins. We fill the stockings with fun items that don’t cost a lot of money but everyone loves and counts on getting. For girls you might think about getting the new trend in lip gloss and nail polishes or fun bangles and earrings. For guys think fun cufflinks, socks, shaving essentials and CD’s. The idea is that no matter how small the gift, it gets wrapped completely. The whole family gets to take their time unwrapping and spending more family time together.
It’s not to late to order your copy of my newest book, Seductive Tables For Two for holiday giving. I share more entertaining tips for year-round celebrations.
Join me this Saturday on The Moll Anderson Show, for the Christmas Countdown show, 2pm PST, 5 pm EST. Katie Kitchens from fitfabfun.com shares fun ways to lose fat without losing the Christmas spirit, and Maz Durbin from sassenfras.com calls in with the latest holiday fashion trends, just in time for your New Year’s Eve celebration.