The tradition of Christmas stockings dates back centuries and is believed to have originated from the legend of St. Nicholas. According to the story, St. Nicholas, known for his generosity, would secretly drop gold coins down the chimney of a poor man's house, which landed in the stockings hung by the fireplace to dry. This act of kindness led to the tradition of hanging stockings by the fireplace or at the foot of the bed in anticipation of gifts from Santa Claus.
Christmas ornaments also have a long history and are associated with decorating Christmas trees. The practice of decorating trees with ornaments can be traced back to 16th-century Germany. Early ornaments were often made from fruits, nuts, and sweets. Over time, ornaments evolved to include handmade decorations, glass baubles, and various themed ornaments.
The New York Times, being a reputable newspaper,have published articles about the history and significance of Christmas stockings and ornaments during the holiday season.