Yes, I know it is only July 17th, but I have been working for weeks on my Christmas project for work. I am going to start the 12 Days of Christmas kick off tomorrow and I am so excited. I just loved going today and setting up the shop with my little Christmas area, which will also include my Christmas clock that chimes Christmas songs each hour! Last year I did the 12 days of Christmas in a row ( except for Sundays ) and even though that was fun, it about killed me physically and mentally...that was a ton of work. So this year we got a bit wiser and decided if I taught 2 each month ...starting in July, then we would be able to have all 12 done by Christmas.
I know it sounds early but...for those of us who like to make homemade Christmas gifts, July is the perfect time, just 6 months till Christmas. Can't write a lot tonight because...I have got to go and sew some more, Santa's workshop is a busy place you know. Will have all my projects up and in my blog at the end of each month at www.mandieandmedesigns.com
The Story of Christmas Stockings
One version of the legend says that long ago a poor old man without
money for the weddings of his three beautiful daughters was approaching
death. He worried about their futures.
Saint Nicholas was passing through town, heard about this situation, and
wanted to help, but knew the man would not accept charity.
So that evening after everyone was sleeping, he peered through the
window and saw the girls' stockings hanging on the mantelpiece to dry.
He crept down the chimney and dropped 3 bags of gold coins into the
The father and daughters awoke the next morning, amazed and joyful. And so, the girls were married and lived happily ever after.
In Europe, this legend fueled the custom of hanging Christmas stockings.
Children would hang their stockings or put out shoes for St. Nick to
fill with gifts. As time went on, specially decorated Christmas
stockings were put out and the custom lives on.