Hanging up the Stockings: Most Unique Christmas Stockings

Hanging stockings at Christmastime is a holiday tradition that dates back centuries. Legend has it that the practice began with St. Nicholas who wanted to help a poor man and his three unwed daughters who had no dowries. Knowing that the man would be too proud to accept charity, St. Nicholas snuck into their home at night and left bags of gold coins in the toes of his daughters’ stockings, which had been hung by the fire to dry. In the morning, the family was overjoyed by their good fortune and thus the tradition of hanging Christmas stocking was born.

To this day, people all over the world hang stockings by the fire in the hopes that they’ll awake to find them filled with treats, toys, and gifts. If you’re not one of them, you’re seriously missing out!

Since Christmas isn’t complete until your “stockings are hung by the chimney with care” as the famous poem says, here are 20 of the most interesting stockings you can buy for yourself or anyone else who may be on your list.

1. Treasured Tassel Stocking

In case you hadn’t noticed, tassels are trending! Anthropologie’s treasured tassel stocking, which costs $48, is perfectly suited for anyone whose décor tastes have a distinctly bohemian style. With its beautiful texture and fun multicolored tassels, this stocking is so cute they’ll want to leave it hanging up all year round.

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2. Felted Cactus Stocking

While some people dream of having a white Christmas, some like it hot!

For those of us who are sick of reindeer and snowflake motifs, this fun felted cactus stocking is like a warm breeze. Crafted by Nepalese artisans, it features intricate hand-stitched cactus needles and a beautiful three-dimensional flower that will keep blooming even in the coldest of winter weather.

You can find this unique stocking on World Market for $24.99.

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