Christmas stocking and its legend


Christmas stocking (1) and its legend

Once upon a time, there were 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.

A bishop (2) named St. Nicholas and is the real man that Santa Claus is based on, was passing through when he heard the villagers discussing that family's plight (3). St. Nicholas decided to discreetly help them because he knew that the old man wouldn't accept charity (4).


He waited until night when everyone felt asleep. Then, he crept through the chimney (5) to get into the family’s house. He brought three bags of gold coins with him, one for each girl. In the light of the moon, he saw the daughters' stockings hanging close to his reach. He carefully put his bag of gold in one of the stockings and went away as stealthily (6) as he came. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning, they found the bags of gold coins and were of course overjoyed. The tale ends with all three daughters finding husbands, getting married and living happily ever after with their father.



(1) Stocking (n): one of a pair of tight-fitting coverings for the feet and legs made of light material and worn by women (nylon/silk stockings).

(2) Bishop (n): a priest of high rank who is in charge of the priests of lower rank in a particular area

(3) Plight (adj): an unpleasant condition, especially a serious, sad, or difficult one.

(4) Charity (n): a system of giving money, food, or help free to those who are in need because they are ill, poor, or have no home,...

(5) Chimney (n): a hollow structure that allows the smoke from a fire inside a building to escape to the air outside

(6) Stealthily (adv): movement that is quiet and careful in order not to be seen or heard, or secret action

Summarized by the Department of Consultancy and International Cooperation.