Tradition of hanging stockings.
There was once a nobleman, whose wife died of an illness. He had three daughters, and had made some terrible decisions that left them with no money. They had to move into a peasant cottage. When it came time for his daughter's to marry, he went in more despair because he had no money, property, or dowries to give. One night the girls had washed some stocking and hung them on the mantle to dry. Saint Nicholas, knowing the despair of the father, decided to take some gold and throw it down the chimney for the girls. When the girls awoke, they found enough gold in their stocking to get married. The nobleman watched his daughter's get married and lived a long and happy life. This is where the tradition began.