Five Christmas Traditions Explained in Embroidery

Ever wonder where some of the best-loved holiday traditions came from? Here are five of the most popular!

Santa, a.k.a. St. Nicholas

ITH Santa Bag from Kreative Kiwi

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 know as the feast of St. Nicholas.


Crazy Quilt Lined Nativity Stocking from Molly Mine

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.

Christmas Trees

Add a Star from Kreations by Kara

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

Candy Cane Elves from Blue Stitch Sky

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 shepherds crooks which have endured today.

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies from Dianas Dezigns

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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