The stockings were hung in homes from Maine to Michigan and into Canada, with hopes that electricity soon would be there.
An ice storm last weekend knocked out power to half a million homes and businesses, and crews have been working to restore service by the end of the week. Sources say more than 500,000 homes and businesses were without power on Christmas Eve.
In some areas, emergency shelters were opened for people without power.
In Michigan, Consumers Energy -- the state's largest utility -- says it hadn't had this many outages during any Christmas week since it was founded 126 years ago.
It appears the bad weather isn't ready to take a break. More snow is forecast in the Great Lakes and Midwest by Christmas morning, the National Weather Service said.
- At least 14 deaths are now blamed on the ice and snow storm that rolled across parts of the central and northeastern United States and into Canada over the weekend.