Updated: Feb 22, 2019
The story of the Christmas Stocking seems to be based on legends and myths. Google it and you´ll find more or less the story of a very kind Saint Nicholas https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-legend-of-the-christmas-stocking-160854441/
I didn´t grow up using Christmas Stockings, that was not a tradition. It´s something I started to decorate with just a few years ago. But I think they are awesome to decorate with, so I am always on the lookout of Christmas Stockings that will be cool to display during Christmas.
I only had one Christmas Stocking for many years, I can´t remember if I bought it myself or if it was a gift. But 3 - 4 years ago I hung one up with a couple of Bethany Lowe Santa ornaments and I loved it.