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
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a stocking hung up by children on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus to fill with presents
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