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Family Christmas Stockings and Hangers

Updated on October 4, 2013

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.

Christmas Stocking

Christmas Stocking
Christmas Stocking

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

Plush Christmas Stockings - Set of 3
Plush Christmas Stockings - Set of 3

Fabric. 10" x 2 1/4 x 16 high".

Rudolph Stocking

Snowman Stocking

Santa Stocking

Visit listing to see other two designs.

 

Department 56 Krinkles Wonder Stocking

Department 56 Krinkles Wonder Stocking
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

Department 56 Krinkles TREBLE CLEF STOCKING
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

Department 56 Krinkles Jingle Stocking
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

Department 56 Krinkles Poinsettia Stocking
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

Applique Stocking, 'Star of Bethlehem'

Applique Stocking, 'Star of Bethlehem'
Applique Stocking, 'Star of Bethlehem'

NOVICA, in association with National Geographic, offers thousands of limited edition and one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, and home decor treasures handmade by master artists and artisans throughout the world. The Star of Bethlehem shines brightly upon this handmade Christmas stocking. Maria Ramos infuses the composition with charming Peruvian motifs, such as prickly pear cacti and towering Andean peaks in the background. Stuffed cotton figures enhance the design's soft, dimensional textures. Artisan Info: Born in the southern Andes region of Peru in 1959, Maria Ramos Sanchez is a specialist in the creation of beautiful Andean shams, an art which she learned at the age of eight. Her pillow shams are made of cloth fragments that have been hand-sewn together. Ramos enjoys using a variety of bright, cheerful colors to give her art life and energy. She is particularly inspired by Andean landscapes and loves to depict her native picturesque Peruvian highlands. She also creates vests, pillowcases, wall hangings, and purses using this same technique. Ramos is a member of the Arpillera-makers community featured in the photojournalistic volume In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World. The book chronicles the journey of Paola Gianturco and Toby Tuttle, who meet with and share the lives of craftswomen around the world - those women who create art to strengthen their cultures and improve their lives, and the lives of generations who follow.

 

48" Oversized "Joy" Bear Christmas Stocking

48" Oversized "Joy" Bear Christmas Stocking
48" Oversized "Joy" Bear Christmas Stocking

Oversized Bear Christmas Stocking

By Sterling Inc. Item #198238

Color: Green with a white top

Features an appliqu?f an adorable bear in a sled with the word "Joy" underneath

Material: Felt

Measures: 48" long

Comes ready-to-hang with a felt hook

 

48" Oversized "Snow" Snowman Christmas Stocking

48" Oversized "Snow" Snowman Christmas 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

Material: Felt

Measures: 48" long

Comes ready-to-hang with a felt hook

 

48" Oversized Red "Noel" Santa & Reindeer Christmas Stocking

48" Oversized Red "Noel" Santa & Reindeer Christmas Stocking
48" Oversized Red "Noel" Santa & Reindeer Christmas Stocking

Oversized Santa Claus Christmas Stocking

By Sterling Inc. Item #198238

Color: Red with a white top

Features an appliqu?f Santa Claus & a Reindeer with the word "Noel" underneath

Material: Felt

Measures: 48" long

Comes ready-to-hang with a felt hook

 

Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Twelve Days Of Christmas Stocking

Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Twelve Days Of Christmas Stocking
Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Twelve Days Of Christmas Stocking

"Twelve Days Of Christmas" quilted stocking

Part of the Heartwood Creek collection, Designed by Jim Shore for Enesco, Item #134448

Measures approx: 8" W x 17.5" L, 4" Loop

Generously sized to hold lots of goodies

Includes hang tag card containing The Christian Meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas

Material: 100% polyester

 

Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Christmas Stocking

Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Winter Scene Christmas Stocking, 26-Inch
Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Winter Scene Christmas Stocking, 26-Inch

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 By Russ
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

 

Reindeer Stocking

Reindeer Stocking
Reindeer Stocking

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

Velvet Cowboy Boot Christmas Stocking
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

Thomas Kinkade Christmas Holidays Stocking
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

Christmas Story Stocking
Christmas Story Stocking

The infamous Leg Lamp of "A Christmas Story" legend rendered as a fabric Christmas stocking.

Chirstman Story 20" Hanging Stocking

 

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would like to buy the stockings photographed at the top of this page in the cream color. Where do i buy them?

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      Nancy Oram 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow, it looks like this lens needs updating badly. I'll try to get to it and see if I can relocate the source for those stockings. They were probably on Amazon if they still have them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Where can one get the alphabet holders/hangers?

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      RedSkyAtNight LM 4 years ago

      color me inspired by this lens!

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      Alyssa 2 years ago

      Just love to keep watching this video ! If you do this thing with the wteoiboths and jeans do it all the way in over the top ! You know wouldlove to see you in these boots in over the top ! What do you think´╗┐ ??Great videos keep it up !baron

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