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Sock Monkey Day

It's Sock Monkey Day - time to get creative and make your own cuddly sock monkey friend!
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It's time to put on your best pair of socks and celebrate Sock Monkey Day on March 7! This fun holiday has been around since the 1950s, when they were first made by a grandmother in Pennsylvania who used her grandson’s old socks to create these unique little creatures. Since then, sock monkeys have become incredibly popular and are now found all over the world. From plush toys to costumes, there is something for everyone on this special day. So grab your friends and family and let the celebrations begin!

History of Sock Monkey Day

Sock Monkey Day Dates

Sock Monkey Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1932</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rockford Red Heel Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>Sock monkey's famed red-heeled sock, the Rockford Red Heel, was created by the Nelson Knitting Company.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1953</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Sock Monkey Patent</div><div class='timeline-text'>Nelson Knitting Company added the sock monkey doll pattern to the sock label, effectively securing the sock monkey design patent.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creativity Boom</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the 1980s, a variety of sock monkey designs emerged as creators began using different types of socks and adding accessories.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Deedee Morrison's Three-Part Series</div><div class='timeline-text'>Artist Deedee Morrison released a three-part series of books, "Sock Monkey Dreams," promoting the art and craft of making sock monkeys.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Sock Monkey Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Sock Monkey Day was celebrated, honoring and promoting the joy of creating and owning sock monkeys.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Debut of Sock Monkey Costumes</div><div class='timeline-text'>Sock monkey costumes started trending due to the popularity of the sock monkey toys, further enhancing the celebratory spirit of Sock Monkey Day.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Sock Monkey Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Craft a sock monkey</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Making homemade sock monkeys is a great way to commemorate Sock Monkey Day. All you need is two mismatched socks, some scissors, and a bit of creativity.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a sock monkey party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a fun sock monkey themed party. Decorate the space with stuffed monkeys, have guests wear monkey themed clothing and accessories, and serve up snacks like bananas and popcorn.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a sock monkey movie night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up some blankets and pillows, pop some popcorn, and watch one of the many classic films starring sock monkeys—from Disney's The Rescuers to Will Ferrell's Elf.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a sock monkey scavenger hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Hide some stuffed monkeys around your home or neighborhood, then challenge your friends to find as many as they can in the allotted time. Whoever finds the most wins!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a sock monkey museum</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check out the National Sock Monkey Museum in Rockford, Illinois for an immersive experience into the history and folklore behind these beloved toys.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Sock Monkey Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Sock monkeys are cute</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>No matter your age, everyone can appreciate the cuteness of a classic sock monkey. From their adorable expressions to their bright colors and patterns, these lovable stuffed animals have become incredibly popular over time and are the perfect companions for any child or adult!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Making a sock monkey is fun</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>What better way to celebrate Sock Monkey Day than by making one yourself? Collect some old socks from around the house (or ask friends and family) and use them as templates to make your own original creations. It's a great way to get creative and add some homemade charm to your home decor!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Sock monkeys remind us of our childhood</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>For many of us, playing with sock monkeys brings back happy memories from childhood. Even now, as adults, these classic toys can put a smile on our face and help us escape from the stresses of life - even if it's just for a little while. So go ahead and enjoy this special day by embracing those warm fuzzy feelings we all love about sock monkeys!</p></div></div>

5 Uncommon Facts for Sock Monkey Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Sock Monkeys Spearheaded Norman Rockwell's Career</h3><p class='facts-content'>One of the earliest depictions of a sock monkey is in the artwork of famous American artist Norman Rockwell. His painting, titled "Sock Monkey," featured on the cover of 'The Saturday Evening Post' in 1932, significantly contributed to his career's upswing.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Sock Monkeys are International</h3><p class='facts-content'>While the sock monkey tradition originated in America, it has crossed continents, becoming popular in countries like Japan and the U.K where they’re seen as symbols of comfort and love.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Sock Monkeys Bring Good Luck in Trobriand Cricket</h3><p class='facts-content'>In the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea, sock monkeys are cherished items. They serve as team mascots in their unique version of cricket, a game introduced by British missionaries, which the Trobriand people adapted to their culture with lively celebrations and ritual dances.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>CEXI, the Computerized Sock Monkey</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 2014, a company called WowWee Group Limited launched 'CEXI,' a computerized, interactive sock monkey toy that responds to touches, claps, and can even speak in its own monkey language.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Sock Monkeys Even Had a Ride at Disneyland</h3><p class='facts-content'>In line with the sock monkey boom of the 1950s, Disneyland featured the "Mickey Mouse Club Circus." An attraction of this circus was the "Socko the Sock Monkey" ride, paying homage to this delightful creature's increasing popularity.</p></div></div>

Sock Monkey Day FAQs

When is Sock Monkey Day?

Sock Monkey Day is celebrated on March 7 every year. In 2024 Sock Monkey Day will occur on a Thursday.

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