Monday, September 15th, 2014

Christmas Stockings

September seems an odd month in the Mr Mole Blankets calender. The warmer months have passed and we look forward to the busier colder months just around the corner. It seems sad to think like this, almost wishing away the summer but I love the run up to Christmas and all the excitement that comes with it.

Here in our workshop in Yorkshire we have already been preparing for Christmas since July. We have been building our stocks of blankets so that during the busy periods we can send out blankets the same day as orders arrive.We are also knee deep in Christmas Stockings and Santa sacks which we will also personalise with a name.

Today I wondered why we have this tradition of stockings either on the mantlepiece or at the end of our beds, so I found out!!stocking blog

Apparently legend says that once long ago a very poor man had three beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married and worried for them after his death. Saint Nicholas was passing through and heard the villagers discussing the girls and their fathers problem. He wanted to help but knew the old man would not accept his money so he decided to help in secret. One night he crept through the chimney with three bags of gold, one for each girl, as he looked for a place to put them he noticed the girls stockings hanging on the mantelpiece to dry. He put one bag of gold in each of three stockings and left, when the father and girls woke the next morning they were overjoyed, the girls could get married and live happily ever after (If that were me I’d be checking the locks and the cctv!!!) Anyway all was well and since then the tradition has continued. On Christmas Eve we hang the stockings hoping that Father Christmas or Saint Nicholas will fill it with toys, candy, fruit, coins and other small gifts.

Our children have their stockings on the end of their beds, I also have a stocking which is embroidered with Mummy’s Stocking, the one thing I always wish for in my stocking is a chocolate orange, another age old tradition!!!!