News

Stockings are a Christmas tradition that are hanging around

Stockings are a Christmas tradition that are hanging around

HUNG BY THE CHIMNEY WITH CARE: Stockings are a Christmas tradition. Photo: clipart.com

Every year, children and even some adults hang their stockings by the fireplace in hopes of a Christmas treat.

It’s a custom that’s been hanging around for some time.

The source of the first Christmas stocking may be none other than the original St. Nicholas.

He was a bishop in Asia Minor back in the fourth century. And, according to the lore, St. Nick had heard of a poor man who wasn’t able to provide for his daughters.

Discouraged, the man prepared to sell his daughters into slavery.

But St. Nicholas refused to let that happen. He anonymously gave them a gift of gold, tossing the offering down the chimney.

And the bounty came to rest in some stockings the girls had left to dry by the fireplace.

In some families, children find a tangerine in their stockings, to represent the lump of gold left by St. Nicholas for the poor family.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Lawsuit Against Quinn Back in Court in October

Fresh
state_capitol_3

A legal battle between an anti-patronage lawyer and Gov. Pat Quinn's administration will return to federal court less than two weeks before the election.

in Local

School and Health Officials Pushing Free Immunizations

syringe

It is an effort to ensure Springfield School District students can start the school year out on the right foot

in Local

Standoff Near Pana Injures Police Officer; Kills Gunman

Updated
pana_standoff_1

Several law enforcement agencies responded to what was a standoff near Pana in rural Christian County.

in Local

Crash Leaves One Dead Near Waverly

Updated
siren

No identification released

in Local

UI Stem Cell Research Could Help Our Muscles Recover

university illinois

Research now being done on rats