And it doesn’t get much bigger than this. Australia may boast the beautiful Ballina’s big Big Prawn, Coffs Harbour’s iconic Big Banana, and our own sunny Woombye’s Big Pineapple, but when it comes to being the biggest, who else but those dirty rotten Yanks would try to outdo everyone at Christmas time? This week the thriving metropolis of Sedalia, in the heart of Pettis County, Missouri, unveiled perhaps its proudest achievement – a 177 feet tall red-and-white sock it hopes will officially become the world’s biggest ever Christmas stocking. City leaders proudly announced this wonder weighs a whopping 372 kilos, is 22 metres wide, and about 2 metres longer than its relatively puny predecessor in the Italian city of Carrara. Who knew anyone in Italy would have time to knit a 50 metre sock?
Anyway, the good folk of Sedalia certainly did. Members of the local church sewing group got busy almost 2 months ago, and have been ferreting away ever since. This week they had to stop themselves, because their Christmas stocking had got so large they realised the town didn’t have a building big enough to hang it from, and if they had added even just a few more inches, it would not have fit in the Missouri State Fair arena, where it was finally unveiled earlier this week. So magnificent was the final product that Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill dubbed it “a Christmas miracle.” Toasting the Big Sock, without any hint of intended pun, the Senator announced it was a massive feat for Sedalia’s tight-knit community.
Miracle or not, it sounds like this stocking can accommodate some very sizeable prezzies. So if you’ve been especially nice this year, and you’re hoping Santa is inclined to drop you off a Lamborghini or Ferrari, Sedalia might just be the place to spend your Christmas holiday.
No matter. Wherever you decide to spend the festive break, the team here at Nyst Legal wish you a fat and fun-filled time, a merry, Merry Christmas, and a fabulous New Year.
Chris Nyst, Lawyer, Novelist and Film Maker