One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long sock or similar receptacle hung up by children on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus to fill with presents.
- ‘Under a toy reindeer was a shiny pillow shaped like a Christmas stocking.’
- ‘All types of craft will be on display from Christmas stockings and cards to woodturning and jewellery.’
- ‘The range includes favourites such as Santa Claus tree hangings, smiling snowmen and bright berry wreaths, as well as decorative velvet tree skirts and ornate beaded velvet Christmas stockings.’
- ‘On the floor, Linus dashed after his bouncy new chew toy and Caesar savaged a very wily new catnip mouse, but up on the bed, Rowena and Sammy went through their Christmas stockings and opened their gifts.’
- ‘It's definitely one for the Christmas stocking.’
- ‘She spent many hours knitting toys and other beautiful novelties for any children she knew, and one of her many specialities was knitting beautiful Christmas stockings and Santas.’
- ‘Oranges were once the staple of Christmas stockings.’
- ‘When we were kids, my Aunt Joan knitted Christmas stockings for everybody in the family.’
- ‘Clothes and music are two things I'd like to see in my Christmas stocking.’
- ‘It's the darkest time of the year and the opportunist thief is probably out and about looking to fill his Christmas stocking just as you are.’
- ‘Three quarters of Irish men are hoping to find their Christmas stocking filled with a CD, DVD or video and electronic goods such as TVs, video players or DVD players.’
- ‘Unruly children have traditionally been threatened with coal instead of presents in their Christmas stockings.’
- ‘However, mobile phones are landing in the Christmas stockings of younger and younger children.’
- ‘One said: ‘I'm wondering whether to get it for my Christmas stocking next year or just to wait until it goes into Bargain Books.’’
- ‘But I wasn't about to stuff gift certificates into Christmas stockings.’
- ‘An updated version was released last year and a third version will hit the shops next month, just in time to fill those Christmas stockings.’
- ‘Everything from artificial trees, Christmas stockings, angels, and ornaments adorning homes in the US, Europe and elsewhere are more likely to come from China than any other country.’
- ‘Our Christmas stockings and star-shaped pillows, made from rayon velvet, are embossed with leaves and geometric shapes.’
- ‘The hard-working crewmembers of the International Space Station are so confident they're in Santa's good graces; they're showing off their Christmas stockings to the world.’
- ‘Plett also sells other home-crafted items such as Christmas stockings and beeswax candles, and this year will offer cards and books.’
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