Oh, I am sorry that I did not answer your question specifically about the socks. Our instructions when we fixed Winter years ago was to hang our stockings up before bed and the Hybernal would come by and leave gifts. Many, I have noticed, have just laid their socks on the ground at the end of their beds or have placed them outside of locked doorways not allowing Hybernal to come inside where they sleep. The point is for him to come into the place we sleep and tip toe around, not waking us, and leaving us gifts. I just wanted to make sure that everyone knew that stockings should be hung and not placed on the ground and that he should be allowed inside the place you sleep.
Also, I’d like to note for everyone that the Hybernal REALLY likes candies that are Wintergreen flavored. I am going to be bringing lots of peppermint and wintergreen.