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19684Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Happy Feast of Nicholas

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  • Marianne Petruska
    Dec 8, 2007
      Crucible (Greene Co.), PA. Attached are some photos from that trip.

      MARIANNE
      On Dec 7, 2007 4:38 PM, Gergely <gergely@...> wrote:

      > Which mine was that Marianne?
      > Jack Gergely
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Marianne Petruska
      > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com <Slovak-World%40yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Friday, December 07, 2007 4:03 PM
      > Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Happy Feast of Nicholas
      >
      > Some of my cousins & I had a "mini-reunion" in P'gh-area in 2003 & several
      > of us went to one of the mining communities where relatives had worked.
      > Tho' the mine had closed down by then (and fairly recently before our
      > visit), the office bldg, tipple & foundation of the bath house were still
      > there. AND there *was* coal to be found along the pathway that led the
      > boat
      > wharf along the Monongahela. We grabbed up every lump we could find.
      >
      > I put golf-ball sized lumps in 2 clear acrylic Christmas bells & they are
      > proudly displayed on our hutch every Christmas since that 2003 trip.
      >
      > Last year one cousin gave one of her grandsons a lump of coal (NOT because
      > he was bad!) as a gift & told him about our family's connection to the
      > coal
      > & the mining industry. Her grandson (aged 7 then) thought it was "a really
      > cool gift".
      >
      > MARIANNE
      >
      > On Dec 7, 2007 9:10 AM, maxine <maxine96@... <maxine96%40cox.net>>
      > wrote:
      >
      > > Sure, sure Jack, but YOU never got coal in you stocking! I'm still
      > > getting it! maxine
      > >
      > > ----- Original Message -----
      > > From: Gergely
      > > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com <Slovak-World%40yahoogroups.com><Slovak-World%40yahoogroups.com>
      > > Sent: Friday, December 07, 2007 9:12 AM
      > > Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Happy Feast of Nicholas
      > >
      > > C'mon. That's a big stretch. Coal in stockings for good kids? Never
      > heard
      > > of that one.
      > > Jack Gergely
      > >
      > > ----- Original Message -----
      > > From: Marianne Petruska
      > > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com <Slovak-World%40yahoogroups.com><Slovak-World%40yahoogroups.com>
      > > Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2007 6:58 PM
      > > Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Happy Feast of Nicholas
      > >
      > > Think 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.
      > >
      > > MARIANNE
      > >
      > > On Dec 6, 2007 2:36 PM, Mader, Michelle A. (GRC-CHC0) <
      > > Michelle.A.Mader@... <Michelle.A.Mader%40nasa.gov> <
      > Michelle.A.Mader%40nasa.gov>> wrote:
      > >
      > > > Rick,
      > > >
      > > > 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
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