Tradition of hanging stockings
There was a nobleman who his wife died of illness and was left with his three daughters and with no money. When it was time for his daughters to get married, he grew depressed knowing that they couldn't marry without dowries, money and property given to the new husband's family. One night, the three girls hung their stockings over the fireplace to dry. That night, Saint Nicholas stopped by their house when they were all asleep and noticed the stockings hung over the fireplace. He put in each stocking, a small bag of gold. The next morning, they woke up and saw what was in their stockings. The bags contained enough gold for the daughters to get married. This is where the tradition of hanging stockings came from.