I can't help but adore this cute image of a contemporary alternative to stockings. I think I will have to dig my pink wellies out of the cupboard. This image got me thinking though about where the tradition of the stocking came from. In many European countries children leave out shoes, often old or peasant shoes. Another tradition in some countries is to leave a box under the bed.
So where does the stocking come from?
Well there are several versions of the legend here is one of them:
Very long ago, there lived a poor man and his three very beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after his death.