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Did you know that…

 Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth.

 In Poland, Santa Claus gives gifts on the 6th of December.

 Santa Claus is also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, and Kris Kringle.

 In 1866, the artist, Thomas Nast, made a montage entitled, "Santa Claus and His Works" and for the first time established Santa as a maker of toys

 

 

CHRISTMAS STOCKING

A Christmas stocking is an empty sock or sock-shaped bag that children hang on Christmas Eve so that Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) can fill it with small toyscandyfruitcoins or other small gifts when he arrives. These small items are often referred to as stocking stuffersor stocking fillers. In some Christmas stories, the contents of the Christmas stocking are the only toys the child receives at Christmas fromSanta Claus. Other presents are wrapped up in wrapping paper and placed under the Christmas treeTradition in Western culture dictates that a child who behaves badly during the year will receive only a piece of coal. However, coal is rarely left in a stocking, as it is considered cruel.

While there are no written records of the origin of the Christmas stocking, there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this Christmas tradition. One such legend has several variations, but the following is a good example: Very long ago, there lived a poor man and his three very beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after his death.

Saint Nicholas was passing through when he heard the villagers talking about the girls. St. Nicholas wanted to help, but knew that the old man wouldn`t accept charity. He decided to help in secret. He waited until it was night and crept through the chimney.

He had three bags of gold coins with him, one for each girl. As he was looking for a place to keep those three bags, he noticed stockings of the three girls that were hung over the mantelpiece for drying. He put one bag in each stocking and off he went. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning, they found the bags of gold coins and were of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after.[1]

This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas. And so St. Nicholas is a gift-giver.[1]