Christmas 2010: Stockings

Over the past two years, I have given my family a Christmas challenge.  The first year, we made all of our gifts.  Everything was handmade and of course, it was the year I explained that the kids were receiving 3 gifts from our family unit (1 from Santa, 1 from mom and dad, and one from each other).  We loved it!  Last year we had a recycled Christmas.  We used materials only in our home and garage.  It was almost too much for us to handle.  I think we started too late!  Anyway, this year, we are having a “natural” Christmas.  Everything we use to decorate and give each other in our immediate family will be from “mother nature.”   The store-bought garland, tree, and decorations will be kept in storage this year.  I want my kids to experience a more “pioneer” decorating display.

Call me crazy, but I think we will have a blast!!

So I have designated Thursdays to Christmas ideas.  Please feel free to share your own ideas!!  I would love to hear them!!  And today’s topic:  the Christmas Stocking..

After reading about the history of the stocking, I found that there really isn’t one time/ one person who created the Christmas stocking.  There are a couple of legends I want to tell you about..

1.  It was said that a poor widowed man and his three daughters lived in a small village.  The man was too poor to marry off his daughters.  He was the target of the town gossip concerning his daughter’s affairs.  He asked St. Nickolas for help.  On Christmas eve, St. Nick came through bringing three bags of gold.  St. Nick couldn’t find anything to put the bags into except the stockings that were hung to dry over the fire.  So, thinking quickly, St. Nick put the bags in the stockings and the family woke up rich.

2.  Children would leave their boots (wooden shoes, shoes, slippers) at the hearth filled with straw and carrots for Santa’s reindeer (donkey, horse, etc).  In return, Santa would leave gifts in the children’s boots.  Eventually the boots turned into stockings..

So there ya go.. the legends behind the stockings.  Simple enough.. right????

Now, where are you going with this, Regina… may be what you are thinking.  I have been inspired by my mother-in-law.  She has knitted each grandchild a stocking.  So, I have decided to make a stocking.  This should be interesting since I can’t knit.  Although I have found some really cool patterns for crocheted and sewn stockings.   Since I can’t knit, it may be safer for me to make mine by crocheting or sewing.. what do you think??

handmade-christmas-stockings-by-roddy-and-ginger

Here’s the kicker though…. all natural materials.  There wasn’t synthetics in the pioneer days.  So, sackcloth or all organic cotton may be used.  Wool yarn or another animal hair yarn will be used.  I might even felt a wool sweater from Goodwill to make my stocking.

There is the nice website that has gathered free patterns for knitters, crocheters, and seamstresses alike.  Check out Love to Know.  Now here’s the sweet thing.. make one and send me a picture.  I want to share with my other readers.  I hope you are inspired to try.  I will probably only get one done.. especially since I already have beautiful knitted ones from Mom.

Merry Christmas…. God Bless…..

1 thought on “Christmas 2010: Stockings

  1. I’ll volunteer to teach you to knit. Name a place and time. I have knitted a couple of stockings a couple of years ago. Just like socks only LARGER! My stocking is made out of an old quilt. I latch hooked Frank’s stocking and Scott’s stocking at home was made by my precious Aunt.

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