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Do you know why we hang stockings ever year? No, it’s not so there’s a great place to put gift-wrapped deodorant (although, it is that). It has to do with, well, actually the origin is murky and unclear. And we’ll get to that in a second.

If you want to make a stocking of your own, please watch our amazing no-knit knit stocking tutorial above, which only requires an old sweater, needle and thread, some paper and a pair of scissors. Once you’re done watching, you can return here to learn a bit more about why you’re even making that stocking in the first place. (Besides to, y’know, house gifts.)

One popular belief is that the tradition of hanging a stocking rose from a popular story about an impoverished man with three daughters. Because they had no dowries, they were considered undesirable for marriage (such was the time), and there was nothing they could do about it. So, people gossiped (and gossiped), and before long, Saint Nicholas had heard of this family’s misfortune.

Nicholas decided to go to the house of this family at night and deliver a bag of gold through the window. Why? Because he inherited a family fortune and had the money to spare. In through the window flew this bag of gold and it landed in a daughter’s stocking. When they woke up, they were obviously surprised and elated, and soon after the first daughter got a man to put a ring on it. (Again, such was the time. And golly.)

And so it goes. Eventually Nicholas delivers all three daughters a bag of gold, and they all live happily ever after in marriage. The father eventually discovers that it is Saint Nicholas, but he asks the dad to keep his mouth shut. And he does.

And that’s the most popular reason for why we hang stockings of any sort during the holidays. Now, if anyone starts getting three shipments of gold to their home this Christmas, please forward the sender to our house.