Christmas stockings, holiday gift giving and
St. Nicolas are said
to originate in
The story is
there was an impoverished widower that had no dowry for his three daughters.
Without a dowry there would not be any hope of marriage and their grim future source of income would be, let’s say…, the world’s oldest profession.
A kind priest
upon hearing of their plight , Saint Nicolas,
anonymously gifted them dowries. It's said the funds were found in their freshly washed stockings being hung by the fire to dry.