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Stockings a well-heeled tradition of American Christmas celebrations

Right along with the Christmas tree, Christmas stockings have long been an essential part of holiday traditions in homes across the world. Taking it back to 1823 when Clement Clarke Moore penned “A Visit From Saint Nicholas” presents the line that is permanently engrained in our brains and still elicits a feeling of warmth and happiness: “The Stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.” How stockings actually originated has no concrete explanation, although one legend seems pretty consistent and widely referenced across the board. From the Smithsonain Magazine: “A recently widowed man and father of three girls was having a tough time making ends meet. Even though his daughters were beautiful, he was worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry. “St. Nicholas was wandering though the town where the man lived and heard villagers discussing that family’s plight. “He wanted to help, but knew the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, he slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which were drying by the fire, with gold coins. Then, he disappeared. “The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because of St. Nick’s generosity, the daughters were eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that...

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For Scott, home bakery has been a piece of cake

When Jeanne Scott hits the kitchen for a day of baking, her focus is certainly getting the measurements right and the filling the orders but behind all that are the memories of hers and her children’s childhood that drive her. “For me it always begins with home — as a kid in the kitchen with my Mom, as a mom in the kitchen baking and cooking for my own family,” Scott said. Long before Scott took her Mill Stream Farm small batch baking business full time she was baking for family breakfasts and school fundraisers and “every year I...

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