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Christmas stocking

a stocking or stocking-shaped bag traditionally hung on a mantelpiece or Christmas tree by children on Christmas Eve to hold small gifts that Santa Claus is credited with bringing.
Origin of Christmas stocking
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In her arms Gyp carried some of the contents of her own Christmas stocking.


    Jane Abbott
  • Miss Grant reached for it as a child might grab at his Christmas stocking.

  • There wasn't a moment to be lost, she told him excitedly, like a child waiting to open her Christmas stocking.

British Dictionary definitions for Christmas stocking

Christmas stocking

a stocking hung up by children on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus to fill with presents
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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