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Family Christmas Stockings and Hangers
Christmas Stockings - A Worldwide Tradition
The tradition of Christmas stockings hung by the chimney with care is shared in some version by almost every country in the world. Originally the person's own sock was used, but at some point special Christmas socks were made and today the choices and styles for store bought and handmade are endless.
The Stockings Were Hung By the Chimney With Care
In Hopes that St. Nicholas Soon Would be There. . .
The excitement of Christmas Eve is shared all over the world. Hanging stockings in anticipation of a jolly guest leaving them filled with goodies to discover Christmas morning is a repeated ritual by young and old. Family Christmas stockings can be as simple as hanging favorite socks, reminiscent of olden days before fancy commercial Christmas decorations, or they can be handmade family heirlooms, made to last through generations of family traditions.
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
This Year's Christmas Stocking Collection
Plush Christmas Stockings - Set of 3 - Rudolph, Snowman & Santa
Fabric. 10" x 2 1/4 x 16 high".
Visit listing to see other two designs.
Department 56 Krinkles Wonder Stocking
Measuring 24 inches from top to toe, this fabric ornament was designed by Krinkles artist Patience Brewster and manufactured exclusively by Department 56 and offers the wonder of the sun, the moon and the stars.
Department 56 Krinkles TREBLE CLEF STOCKING
Dept. 56 Krinkles TREBLE CLEF 2007 ~~ Designed by Patience Brewster. approx. 24". New and comes with tags
Department 56 Krinkles Jingle Stocking
Measuring 24 inches from top to toe, this fabric ornament was designed by Krinkles artist Patience Brewster and manufactured exclusively by Department 56. It includes real jingle bells on the cuff.
Department 56 Krinkles Poinsettia Stocking
Hang this stocking on your mantle and start enjoying the compliments! Designed by Patience Brewster for the Krinkles Collection, this ivory stocking has green ivy that winds its way up to a poinsettia girl. The cuff is decorated with white marabou feathers. Manufactured by Department 56.
Disney Classic Mickey Mouse Stocking
48" Oversized "Snow" Snowman Christmas Stocking
Oversized Snowman Christmas Stocking
By Sterling Inc. Item #198238
Color: Blue with a white top
Features an appliqu?f an adorable Snowman family with the word "Snow" underneath
Measures: 48" long
Comes ready-to-hang with a felt hook
Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Christmas Stocking
There's a lot of different designs in this Jim Shore line. Be sure to look for all the related stockings.
Soft Plush Musical Santa Claus Christmas Stocking By Russ
Soft Plush Musical Santa Claus Christmas Stocking
From the Everybody Loves to Get Applause Collection
By Russ, Item #69927
Fun for all ages!
Plush Santa Claus wearing his Santa hat & green mittens tops this Christmas stocking
Push the on/off button on Santa's right hand & watch his little arms & shoulders shrug up and down as "Jingle Bells" plays!
3 "AA" Batteries included
Measurements: 24"L x 8"W
Materials: Plush polyester fiber, batteries
Celebrate this holiday season with our Reindeer Stocking. Featuring seasonal holly, the red body of the stocking and the white cuff adorned with bells have a textured look that gives this stocking a touch of holiday joy. Perfect amount of space for Santa to leave holiday treats and stocking stuffers. Also consider our Christmas Tree Skirt for a complete set.
Velvet Cowboy Boot Christmas Stocking
Santa's sure to take a shine to this soft, velvet stocking in the shape of a stylish Western boot! 10 3/4 in. x 16 1/2 in. high.
Thomas Kinkade Christmas Holidays Stocking
These beautiful Christmas stockings will brighten any mantel. Thomas Kinkade's rendition of a snowy scene is beautifully depicted on this tapestry stocking with a cranberry color band and gold lurex cording. * Because of differences in color calibration of different monitors, the colors depicted on this website may not be an exact representation of the true product color.
A Chirstmas Story Stocking
The infamous Leg Lamp of "A Christmas Story" legend rendered as a fabric Christmas stocking.
Chirstman Story 20" Hanging Stocking