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According to legend, there was once a widowed father who was so poor, he feared his daughters could never marry and would have to resort to prostitution to get by.

Wanting to help, St. Nicholas slid down their chimney one night, saw the girls’ laundered stockings hanging by the fire, and filled them with gold. This act of charity saved the girls from becoming hookers, and that’s why we hang stockings at Christmas.

(Source, Source 2)