Definition of Christmas stocking in English:

Christmas stocking


  • A long sock or similar receptacle hung up by children on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus to fill with presents.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oranges were once the staple of Christmas stockings.’
    • ‘When we were kids, my Aunt Joan knitted Christmas stockings for everybody in the family.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Under a toy reindeer was a shiny pillow shaped like a Christmas stocking.’
    • ‘Unruly children have traditionally been threatened with coal instead of presents in their Christmas stockings.’
    • ‘But I wasn't about to stuff gift certificates into Christmas stockings.’
    • ‘All types of craft will be on display from Christmas stockings and cards to woodturning and jewellery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clothes and music are two things I'd like to see in my Christmas stocking.’
    • ‘Plett also sells other home-crafted items such as Christmas stockings and beeswax candles, and this year will offer cards and books.’
    • ‘However, mobile phones are landing in the Christmas stockings of younger and younger children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our Christmas stockings and star-shaped pillows, made from rayon velvet, are embossed with leaves and geometric shapes.’
    • ‘It's definitely one for the Christmas stocking.’


Christmas stocking

/ˈkrisməs ˌstäkiNG/