Santa’s Secret sockpile?

With Christmas right around the corner, I decided to suggest a possible option for those challenged for gift ideas.
Yeah, yeah, I should be blogging about stockings instead. So more appropriate. Socks are pretty damn close, though. And, if you continue reading, you will find out how close. Best of all, socks can be worn year round.

A mismatched pair of questions 

who invented socks?
Actually, no one really knows. Imagine that, eh?!
Why Are Socks Called Socks?
Socks were originally called stockings until the 17th century, when the term sock was derived from the Old English word socc, which meant “light slipper.” Both of these terms derived from the Latin root word soccus.
See, I blog responsibly.

a historical sockology

  • Socks first came into existence in the 8th century BC in Greece.  Their feet were wrapped in animal skins and then tied around their ankles and called pilo.
  • The Romans were the first to sew fabrics together to make socks, called udones., in the 2nd century (AD). These socks were both softer and more fitted.
  • By the 5th century (AD), socks had made their way up to Europe. These socks were called puttees and were considered a symbol of purity. These ‘puttees’ were made from cloth and wrapped around the ankle to the knee, similar to a bandage
  • After 5th century Europe, the next major change in the sock was the knitting machine, which was invented in 1589 and used silk, cotton, and wool.
  • Things stayed pretty static for a few more centuries. But, in 1938, things got really crazy when nylon was invented.
Footed in functionality

Socks were first invented with the simple intention to keep people’s feet warm and for protection from the elements –  especially frostbite.

 Soon, socks evolved from being a garment to protect feet into a symbol of wealth, worn only by nobility

 As the demand for socks began to rise, so did their prices. Socks became so expensive that they were mostly worn amongst noble families who were able to afford them. An individual spotted wearing a pair of socks was immediately associated with the upper class.

The fabrics used to create socks were also a symbol of the person’s wealth. While silk socks equaled wealth, socks made of wool were associated with poverty.

Shocking Stockings

During the Middle Ages, socks were ditched for their practicality and instead worn as an accessory.

Fast forward to this day and age, no one is practical. Socks are available in hundreds of colors and designs that can Rock around any Christmas tree.

Random Socknotes

  • In 2011, researchers established that the average four person family will lose 60 socks a year, racking up a total loss of £240 – approximately $291. Yeah, baby!
  •  82% of young men wear odd socks at least once a week – at least young men wear socks.
  • People who wear mismatched socks are more likely to be married – yet another reason for the high divorce rate.
Santa’s safe-bet Secret
Socks have a universal appeal, making them the best gift idea this time of year – Stocking stuffers, Secret Santa ideas – the opportunities are endless. In fact, there are probably more than one pair of socks available WITH actual white elephants. Hark! Even the Grinch needs to keep his feet warm.

Ho, ho, ho!

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