A Brief History of Christmas Stockings
The origin of Christmas stockings can't exactly be pinpointed to a specific spot in time. However, we can trace the tradition of hanging stockings by the fireplace back to at least 1823, thanks to the publication of Twas the Night Before Christmas.
So, why do we hang socks by the fireplace for Santa? Legend has it that back in the day, he was traveling through a small village and heard of a family in need. A man had lost his wife and needed to provide for his three daughters, but was too proud to accept any charity. So, on Christmas night, Santa sneakily dropped some gold down the chimney, which landed in the girls' stockings that were hung up to dry. Other tales say he threw the gold through a window and it landed in the stockings, but you get the general idea.
While Santa may not be dropping cash into our stockings these days (I wish!), the core of the tradition has remained consistent throughout all these years: to bring joy and spread cheer for all. Unless you're bad, in which case you'll get coal!