Ever wondered how the practice of hanging stockings at Christmas time came to be? Thanks to the website AllThingsChristmas.com, we found the answer. The story, that's been around since ancient times, tells of a kind noble man who had three daughters. His wife passed away, leaving he and the daughters in a state of sorrow. The daughters had to do all the work in the house. When the daughters grew and became eligible for marriage, their poor father could not afford to give the huge dowries to their husbands.

Things look pretty sad so far, Right? Well don't worry, because they are about to get a whole lot better!

Here's the rest of the story.

One cold winter evening, the daughters, after washing their stockings, hung them near the fireplace to dry.  Santa Claus, who had been moved by the plight of the daughters came in and put in three bags of gold; one in each pair of stockings hanging by the chimney. The next morning the family noticed the gold bags and boy, were they happy! Now the nobleman had enough money for all three of his daughters to marry.  As you might suspect, the daughters got married, and they lived happily ever after.

Here's the kicker: ever since then children have been hanging Christmas stockings.

Truth or fiction? You decide!