There was a old tale about a kind hearted wane noble. His wife was dead due to illness. His three daughters were going to marry, but he was very sad because he had no money for them to get a dowry. At the Christmas Eve, the old man was sighing when the three girls were asleep. Father Christmas decided to help him. The father put much gold in the family's chimney. Then the gold would drop down to the three girls' stockings which were roasted nearby the chimney. From then on, the family had a happy and wonderful life. The stockings of Christmas turned up.
According to the bible, the saints come from the east give gifts to Jesus when he was born. It's the origin that Father Christmas will give gifts to the children at Christmas Day. It's said in the bible that British children will let the stockings close the fireplace. They believe that Father Christmas will take the gifts into the stockings through the chimney. And French children will put the stockings at door gate. And the Christmas Child will bring the gifts into the stockings when he goes through the gate.
At the beginning, Christmas stockings are a pair of red large socks. And much larger socks are better because they are used to hold the gifts. The gifts are always children's favorite things. So children will put the stockings, as large as they can find, handing over the bed at Christmas Eve. Then they will get the gifts on Christmas Day.
The custom has spreaded from generations to generations. Christmas gifts are very fashionable during Christmas in the west countries.