19671Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Happy Feast of Nicholas
- Dec 6, 2007Think back to "the Great Depression" era in the U.S.: If you lived in a
cold climate, had a big family & along with whatever other gifts each of
your 8 kids received s/he got 2 or 3 lumps of coal in her/his stocking (for
whatever reason) put all those lumps of coal together you've got heat for
your coal stove for Christmas!
Having coal miners among my ancestors (and a few in my generation of
cousins) we have a different perspective of coal. Still there were those
cultures that saw "coal in the stocking" as a gift for a bad child.
On Dec 6, 2007 2:36 PM, Mader, Michelle A. (GRC-CHC0) <
> Rick,[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> The feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in many European countries. I
> know that the Germans and the Dutch celebrate it. Children put out
> their shoes and St. Nick fills them with small gifts if the child was
> good and coal if the child was bad. My German husband got to witness
> some children receiving coal when he was little.
> I have lied in the US my whole life, too, but it may be because I grew
> up in an ethnically diverse area and Catholic that I am aware of this
> feast day.
> Michelle Maco Mader
> Cleveland, Ohio USA
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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