Christmas Stocking Fillers
Opulence • The Journal • December 2020
Christmas morning means presents under the tree and lumpy stockings filled with delights, filled by Saint Nicholas (or versions of him). Saint Nick is much more though than a mythical figure that tiptoes into our homes to fill children's stockings. In fact, he was a nobleman born in 280 A.D. in Asia Minor, who, because of his faith, used his wealth to help impoverished and suffering people. Nicholas never married or had children, but he was known as “the gift-giver of Myra’ for his generosity towards children. A modest man, he gave out presents to children late at night in order to protect his identity.
Tradition has it that Saint Nicholas travelled around the world on Christmas Eve dropping off little bags of gold coins for children. The most popular legend tells the tale of a recently widowed man, father of three girls, who was worried about how to make ends meet and more worried that his daughters’ impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry. When St. Nicholas was wandering through the town, he overheard villagers discussing the family’s plight. Knowing the man would probably refuse any charity, he slid down the chimney one night to leave some gold coins by the fireplace. There he found the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire. So, he filled them with coins and disappeared.
Since then, it’s not only children who hang up their Christmas stockings on Christmas Eve, hoping to find them filled with gifts in the morning. Us adults have also muscled in on the excitement. The fashion world too has picked up the trend with icons such as Karl Lagerfeld and Maison Martin Margiela producing sumptuous designer Christmas stockings.
But what to put inside? There are only so many walnuts, mandarins and coins one can take on a Christmas morning. STOW has a few gifts that Saint Nicholas would be proud to put into Christmas stocking.
First is the STOW Leather Coin Purse (£115.00). Measuring a neat 11 by 8 centimetres, this slim, leather wallet is crafted in hardwearing, distinctive leather and finished with STOW’s signature zip-pull. It can slip neatly into a back pocket or is a stylish carry-piece on its own. The Ridge Red with beige interior will look stunning in any stocking this year – a very Christmassy colour combination. But, if you want to go off-piste, there’s also dusky pink, sapphire blue, amber orange and jet black. And with two diagonal-cut slots for cards, it makes a small but beautiful as well as useful accessory, just perfect for heading out to the January sales.
Slim enough to slide into the tiniest of stockings is the new STOW Leather Pencil Case (£125.00). Meticulously crafted with a luxurious leather exterior and raw silk-like interior it measures a svelte 22cm by 6.5cm by 5cm.
Finished with a gold-toned fastening and orange zip pull, it elegantly stores all the essential writing kit. For all writers, children and, come to think of it, for anyone who is putting out a Christmas stocking this year. It is available in the same colours as the coin wallet. So, if you want to really make a splash you can pair the two of them together.