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The world's largest Christmas stocking is truly, ridiculously massive

Yes, but have you started your shopping yet?

CVzUckTU4AApw2z Source: Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation via Twitter

SANTA MIGHT HAVE to recruit a few more reindeer if he’s to carry the presents that would fill what has officially been designated the world’s largest Christmas stocking.

Even when empty, the giant sock weighs in at 1,600 pounds (725 kilos), which is not far off a tonne.

Measuring 7,700 square feet (715 square metres), it was crafted by knitters from all 50 American states, four Canadian provinces, and Ireland, who each donated 3-foot-by-3-foot swatches of knitted yarn.

Kimberly Patrick from Guinness World Records, says it was measured by a land surveying company in North Carolina, and officially qualifies as the largest, the Fayetteville Observer reports.

If the average Christmas stocking you hang over the fireplace at home is roughly three foot by 12 inches, this one is more than 2,500 times larger.

It was created with yarn from Caron United, a North Carolina-based company that donated part of the proceeds from yarn sales to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, providing $104,000 for scholarships for the children of American military members who have died.

After being put on display, the 139-foot tall stocking will be taken apart into more than 1,100 blankets, which will be donated to military hospitals in the US.

Contains reporting by the Associated Press.

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