Five Christmas Traditions Explained in Embroidery

Ever wonder where some of the best-loved holiday traditions came from?

Santa Face

Saint Nicholas was a Christian bishop who grew up an orphan. He used his inheritance to provide for the poor and sick and is the basis for the popular character of Santa Claus. He was believed to have died on Dec. 6, now known as the feast of St. Nicholas.

Plaid Christmas Stocking

Stockings, clothing rather than the decorations of today, were first hung by the fireplace to dry. Legend has it that the first stockings were filled with gold coins when St. Nicholas anonymously helped a widower who worried that his daughters, though beautiful, were too poor to marry.

Paw Print Tree

Christmas trees originated in Germany when Martin Luther was walking through the woods and noticed how beautiful the stars were, shining through fir trees. He cut one down, took it home, and added small candles so that his wife could enjoy the sight.

Candy Canes

In 1670, the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany handed out sugar sticks to keep his young singers quiet during the long Living Creche ceremony. In honor of the occasion, he had the candies bent into shepherd’s crooks which have endured today.

Cookies for Santa

Leaving milk and cookies for Santa became a popular practice during the Great Depression. Parents wanted to teach their children the importance of giving to others and expressing gratitude for what they received. Today, the tradition continues and even the reindeer get a treat!

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