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Traditions: What Does it Mean to Get a Lump of Coal at Christmas?

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Traditions: What Does it Mean to Get a Lump of Coal at Christmas?


A lump of coal in a stocking is the universal sign for a child being punished. It is well known that Santa brings presents to children who have been good throughout the year, and to the bad ones, he only gives a black rock. Have you ever wondered how the tradition of leaving lumps of coal in Christmas stockings began?

In Ancient folklore the beast-like Krampuswas created as a counterpart to St. Nick to punish naughty girls and boys - sometimes by leaving coal in their stockings!

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Traditions: What Does it Mean to Get a Lump of Coal at Christmas?

Traditions: What Does it Mean to Get a Lump of Coal at Christmas?

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A lump of coal in a stocking is the universal sign for a child being punished. It is well known that Santa brings presents to children who have been good throughout the year, and to the bad ones, he only gives a black rock. Have you ever wondered how the tradition of leaving lumps of coal in Christmas stockings began?

In Ancient folklore the beast-like Krampuswas created as a counterpart to St. Nick to punish naughty girls and boys - sometimes by leaving coal in their stockings!

Read more of A Christmas Blog or Shop Now at Schmidt Christmas Market


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