“Christmas Eve all children went to bed early and you would pin a long stocking up to the fireplace or somewhere in the house. Christmas morning when you woke up naturally you kids would look around. Sometimes it would be put… Father Christmas he’d put it on the bed rail or he might put it somewhere else in the room. If it wasn’t there you’d be disappointed thinking he hadn’t turned up and look around until you found it. You’d be so overjoyed when you found it hanging on the doorknob or something. Well, it would be one of your stockings, we used to have long stockings as kids and you’d get the longest one you could find. I n the toe, nearly always would be a piece of coal, for luck. There would be a few nuts, apple and orange and if you were lucky two, but mainly one, brand new penny, a few sweets, a couple of magazines ... "
Frank Goddard (1912 - 2002)