A Coptic Christmas Stocking

This post was part of #MMChristmas – ‘Day 22’ on the Manchester Museum Advent Calendar…

Christmas at Manchester Museum

Coptic Sock 4a‘Coptic Sock’ – Acc. No. 938 – Knitted sock found at Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, dating to the Roman or Byzantine Period. Donated to Manchester Museum by the Egypt Exploration Fund in 1905.

Good things come to those who wait …

One of the key themes in any Christmas celebration seems to be waiting. We wait for Black Friday to do our Christmas shopping, we wait an exhaustive number of hours at the supermarket checkout, we wait for the oven to finish our Christmas dinner to perfection, and then we wait for our guests to check their watches one more time, eat one more mince pie, before at last we have the house back to ourselves for another year…

But especially for children, there is also something magical about waiting … hanging a stocking – or the biggest sock that they can find – by the fireplace, or at the end…

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