Friday, December 16, 2016

"....and the stockings were hung........."

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.”
– A Visit From Saint Nicholas

Have you hung up your stocking yet?
What an amazing tradition that we have in this country.  I tried to find the origin of this time honored tradition and I found a story that I had never heard before.  This is taken from the website:

 A recently widowed man and father of three girls was having a tough time making ends meet. Even though his daughters were beautiful, he worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry.

St. Nicholas was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard villagers discussing that family’s plight. He wanted to help but knew  the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, he slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins. And then he disappeared.

The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because of St. Nick’s generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair. Whew! While obviously far-fetched, this tale of unknown origin and date is most widely referenced when it comes to the history of the Christmas stocking.

For my "hanging the stocking" event,
I am wearing a silk tunic blouse that I pulled from my closet.  The white piping around the collar and down the front gives it a luxurious sophisticated look.

I'm wearing my favorite winter white silk pants with the flared leg.  A matching winter white shell completes the look.

I often wear a longer shirt or blouse over a monochromatic two piece top and pant.  Depending upon the fabric and styling, the look can go from casual to elegant.

You try it !
Look in your closet for a blouse, tunic or jacket that you may coordinate with a monochromatic look whether white or black.

pant suggestions   HERE   HERE  HERE

Be in the habit of experimenting with your clothing so that you don't get stuck for life with a self-image developed over the course of high school.

 Marilyn vos Savant

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