Stuff Your Stocking

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..and the stock­ings were hung by the chimney with care. We all know this tra­di­tion, but how exactly did it start? Let’s face it, stocking stuffers usu­ally end up being a last minute, pan­icked shop­ping spree of chintzy items that rarely see the strike of Mid­night on New Year’s Eve. Well, Clayton Gray Home is here to change the game! We have fab­u­lous stocking stuffers here in the store and on the website.

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For the tra­di­tion and his­tory in the stocking we con­sulted the web­site, The Plump Stocking. Here is Rebecca Roberts post on the his­tory of the Christmas stocking;

Like all good leg­ends, the story of the Christmas stocking has many ver­sions. The orig­inal story has evolved to allow for dif­fer­ences in cul­ture, time period, and good old fash­ioned story-​​telling. So it’s hard to pin down exactly how the Christmas stocking tra­di­tion started, but too much exact­ness isn’t any fun, anyway. And cer­tainly not in the spirit of Christmas. So here’s our favorite ver­sion of the story:
Once there was a father with three beau­tiful daugh­ters. Although the daugh­ters were kind and strong, the father despaired of them ever making good mar­riages, because he didn’t have enough money to pay their dowries.One day, St. Nicholas of Myra was passing through their vil­lage and heard the locals dis­cussing the plight of these poor girls. St Nicholas knew the father would be too proud to accept an out­right gift. So he waited till dark, snuck to the man’s house, and dropped three bags of gold coins down the chimney.The daugh­ters had spent the evening washing clothes, and had hung their stock­ings by the fire­place to dry. The gold coins dropped into the stock­ings, one bag for each daughter. In the morning, they awoke to find enough money to make them each a gen­erous dowry, and all mar­ried well and hap​pily​.As word of St. Nicholas’ gen­erosity spread, others began to hang their stock­ings by the fire­place, hoping for a sim­ilar gift.
There is plenty of debate about when Amer­ican kids started hanging their stock­ings by the fire on Christmas Eve. Some give credit for the idea to Thomas Nast, who drew stock­ings on the man­tel­piece in his 1886 illus­tra­tions for a George Web­ster story called “Santa Claus and His Works.” But while Nast did create the pop­ular modern image of Santa Claus as a white-​​bearded, red-​​suited, boot-​​wearing jolly man, he cannot be respon­sible for the stocking tra­di­tion. That’s because Clement Clark Moore’s famous poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” was written 64 years ear­lier. And as every Christmas buff knows, that poem includes the fol­lowing immortal lines:

The stock­ings were hung by the chimney with care
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

Like most Amer­ican cus­toms, the Christmas stocking prob­ably came across the ocean with gen­er­a­tions of immi­grants. Per­haps some Catholics knew the legend of St. Nicholas. Per­haps some Dutch trans­formed their tra­di­tion of putting out clogs full of straw for Santa’s rein­deer. Italian chil­dren brought the idea of putting out their shoes for La Bufana, the good witch. And in classic Amer­ican tra­di­tion, all these leg­ends and cus­toms mixed together (along with a few home-​​grown ideas) and before long the Christmas Stocking became an essen­tial part of how we cel­e­brate Christmas. - Rebecca Roberts

Did we jog your memory, after you thought that you had that shop­ping list com­plete? Stocking stuffers are always things that can slip your mind. Clayton Gray Home is here to save the day, even if you aren’t able to stop by the store. Visit the web­site today, December 17,  and order by 2pm for your order to arrive in time for Christmas. The best part? It ships for free! So, just click, ship and stuff.-Happy Holidays!



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