do we hang up a stocking ?
to legend the practice of hanging up stockings originated
with St. Nicholas.
It was claimed that once while trying to
help a man who needed a dowry for his daughter, Nicholas
threw a bag of gold through the man's window. The bag of
gold landed in one of the girl's stockings that had been
hung up to dry.
Legend of the
The practice of
placing candles in windows in December probably originated in pre Christian
times as part of winter solstice celebrations. However the legend recounted
below demonstrated how Christians reinterpreted these candles to represent
the light and peace of Christ.
Many years ago an old
cobbler and his wife lived in a little village in Austria. Although very
poor, whatever they owned they shared with others. Each night they placed a
lighted candle in the window of their cottage.. a sign of hospitality to any
traveler needing shelter.
Through the years
this little village was plagued with war and famine. Yet as though some
mysterious charm guarded them, the cobbler and his wife suffered far less
that their neighbors.
One evening, on the
night before Christmas, the villagers gathered to discuss their plight.
"There is something special about the cobbler and his wife. They are
always spared our misfortunes. What do they do that we do not? Let us put a
candle in our windows too," said one villager, "perhaps that is
the charm "
That night a candle
was lighted in the window of every home, and lo, before the sun rose, a
messenger brought great news to the village. Peace had come! The villagers
gave thanks to God for this blessing of Peace and vowed to always light
candles on Christmas Eve.
This beautiful custom
spread throughout the world and each Christmas millions of candles light up
our world with their message of love, and everlasting joy.