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Stockings: Although we often think of stockings as a normal part of the winter holiday decorations, they didn’t start out that way.

Legend has it that three young ladies of meager means were terribly distraught over the probability of their impending spinsterhoods.

The problem? They had no dowries and in those days, no dowry meant no marriage.

Somehow, word of their angst reached St. Nick. For two nights, he tossed bags of gold through their window.

On the third night, however, all the windows and doors were locked.

Not to be deterred, he climbed down the chimney and filled the stockings they’d left by the hearth to dry.

This legend seems to be the first account ofSt. Nick being the Santa-like figure we know him as today