The most exciting part about Christmas celebrations is the practice of giving and receiving gifts. Stocking fillers are hung up by most people on Christmas eve so that Father Christmas can fill it with presents. This tradition is being followed from many years and there are interesting stories associated with the Christmas stocking. This infographic presents information about the types of gifts that were put into these stockings.
St. Nicholas secretly left gold in these stockings for three poor girls.
The tradition of filling tangerines originates from 12th century. French nuns used to leave socks filled with tangerines, fruits and nuts at the door steps of the poor.
Zwarte Piet used to give coal to naughty children to remind them about their punishment for bad behavior.
The tradition of placing candy canes in stockings dates back to 1670. The crook of candy canes serves as a reminder of shepherds who visited infant jesus.
Most pet owners hang stockings for their cats and dogs.