Humble hosiery has evolved into a personal decor statement.
THE ORIGINAL The ritual of hanging stockings at Christmas began with tales of St. Nick sliding gold coins down the chimney and into the stockings of a family in need. The kids waiting fireside in our December 1930 issue hung two everyday socks for Santa to fill, but flashy, ever-larger stockings soon became the norm.
THE UPDATE Mantels tend to sport one of two looks: totally coordinated or, thanks to new additions as families grow, more of a hodgepodge. Either way, take stockings as an opportunity to show off some personality with funky stitching, whimsical motifs, and bold monograms.
Our picks will hold their own in a mix or look great multiplying across the mantel.
1 NORTH STARPATCHWORK$50; potterybarn.com2 FLOWER BOUQUET Hand-felted by artisans in India. $79; arcadiahomeinc.com3 FELTED WOOLTREES $25; worldmarket.com4 FELT SCRIBBLE Each stocking purchase supports fair-trade artisans in Nepal. $29; westelm.com5 WOOLEN TREE$38; shopterrain.com6 MODERN STRIPEDCOLORBLOCK Update the traditional red, white, and green palette with a mix of juicy brights. $28 each; etsy.com/shop/ goodwishesquilts