Where did the lump of coal Christmas tradition start?
Lump of Coal Tradition Theory:
- It started in Holland. When a child was bad they got a lump of coal, but if they were good they got a small toy, cookies or candy.
- There was a pervasive belief in the mid 19th century that if you were poor it was because you or your ancestors did bad things. They were poor because God was punishing them.
- Most of England and Europe was powered by coal. Most household furnaces were coal burning. They would take coal and put it in pans under the bed to stay warm at night. So coal had value. If you were a poor kid, you were lucky to get coal that you could use to keep yourself warm on cold winter nights. The rich had nice warm houses and lots of goodies in their stockings but the poor, who were so as punishment from God for being bad were lucky to get coal.
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the history of coal in a Christmas stocking is nothing more that being left of the toy list as a result of bad behavior. when stockings were being filled the the gift giver re…aches down by the fireplace to the bin grabs a hunk or two coal and stuffs the naughty child's stocking while placing toys in the stockings of those children who have been a joy to their parents.
It comes from the ancient Celts. They would bring in fir/pine trees during the winter solstice because it was one of the few plants still alive in winter. When the Catholic ch…urch began to use the ancient customs as part of the conversion of the tribes they used the items all ready in use. For Christ Mass they used the fir/pine tree, but because of its shape they related the three points on the tree to the Trinity. As time went on people began to decorate the tree. The Germans added candles and other items to the tree and in the 1800's when the Dickens Christmas Story was published Christmas became a major holiday with a tree, dinner, gifts, and crackers. Everyone wanted to copy the day from the story. Add other things like Santa and you move towards the Christmas that we have today. By-the-way the red suit Santa comes from a Coke Cola ad in the early 1900's. He was dressed all in red and white since those are the colors of the product. The company still uses him today in their ads.
Wealthy Germans were using candles in trees since the 17th century. around 1900 they began using glass bulbs and lanterns to hold them in place instead of gluing or pinning th…em. Edward Johnson, Thomas Edison's assistant, came up with the idea of electric Christmas lights. after a tragic fire in 1917 caused by Christmas lights, Albert Sadacca invented the safety light and started a huge multimillion dollar company, NOMA Electric Company.
The modern Christmas tree tradition was begun in Central Europe and Germany. Prince Albert, a German prince and husband of Queen Victoria, brought the Christmas tree tradition… to the UK in 1841. Prince Albert
OK guys I'm sorry for the answer before i have to improve it because I'm doing this for a project and i was disappointed of the answer! the right answer is it started in centr…al Europe. more Pacific you ask Germany.
The idea of Christmas trees came from Germany, when the king decided to put his family presents under a tree, it then became a family-tradition and spread country after countr…y and became very popular in the Christian religion.
In Victorian times Prince Albert introduce the German practise of the Christmas tree into England and I believe it spread from there, along with xmas cards, yule logs and othe…r things.
The Christmas tree tradition started in the 12th century when thetree was hung upside down from the ceiling as a symbol of.Christianity The first decorated tree was at Riga in… Lature in1510.
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Yes...it is very wrong to send somebody a lump of coal. It was featured Claus.com's Top Ten Ways To Make The naughty list.
The tradition of teaching children that they would receive a lump of coal in their stockings if they were bad, began in Norway. In Norway, Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) is a Cath…olic Bishop accompanied by an enslaved blackamoor named "Zwarte Piet" (Black Peter in English). Complete with black woolly hair, and Al Jolsen style black-face, he is doomed to lug Santa's bag of presents as his personal elfin slave (played by children in black-face). As the legend goes, if a child has been bad, zwarte Piet will reach into his back and grab a coal and permanently turn the white child black. You can search the web for images of zwarte Peit that range from the comical to the occultic. The tradition continues as part of Nordic Christmas celebration today in the greater part of Europe, and post Colonial Central and South America, and much of the Caribbean.
In Christmas Trees
The Christmas tree tradition started with a young man named William Bosfowitz. A few days before Christmas he and his friends were talking about what their families were going… to do for the Christmas celebration. His friend Edward Taute said that he and his family were going to do something that no family had ever done. They were going to half of their presents in socks. That is where we got the tradition of the stocking. All the other boys got rather jealous so William made up a lie to make his new tradition sound much cooler, so he said, "My family is putting up a really big tree in our front cabinet room and we are going to decorate it! My mom says that it is called an evergreen coniferous. That is a much better tradition than stuffing stuff in socks!" And so, as you see the tradition of the Christmas tree started with a bit of jealousy.
In the old days children used to get coal to signify that they would have a warm Christmas which was a good thing because coal for the poor ment that.
In Christmas Trees
The Christmas tree can be dated to hundreds of years ago stemming from the Pagan holiday belief that evergreens keep bad spirits away and bring life since the evergreen tree r…arely changes from its natural green color.
In Holidays and Traditions
\n \n. It started in Holland. When a child was bad they got a lump of coal, but if they were good they got a small toy, cookies or candy. \n \n. There was a pervasive beli…ef in the mid 19th century that if you were poor it was because you or your ancestors did bad things. They were poor because God was punishing them. \n \n. Most of England and Europe was powered by coal. Most household furnaces were coal burning. They would take coal and put it in pans under the bed to stay warm at night. So coal had value. If you were a poor kid, you were lucky to get coal that you could use to keep yourself warm on cold winter nights. The rich had nice warm houses and lots of goodies in their stockings but the poor, who were so as punishment from God for being bad were lucky to get coal. \n. This is why they turn bad from Jesus: \n. \n. Because of the naughty children and they naughty children parents warned them that the childrens parents got mad because they have been really naughty and the children sometimes got into trouble because they draw on walls, Not doing what there told, not doing homework, not listening, getting bad grades, not going to school, driving cars by making there parents very rage, being loud at night and not having money dollars to order and buy stuff online without a credit card and signing up for an extra account, not doing there job correctly, getting busted, not paying attention at school, destroying peoples office, getting grounded from computers, downloading on computers without asking, unplugging schools pc, hitting peoples walls, & hurting people, sometimes they get have punishment from there parents and get into peoples food and also they lie to other people and make someone not happy and actually the parents kids get blamed and their gonna get ashamed by their parents and Santa Claus keeps watching them and puts them on the naughty list by Santa
In Holidays and Traditions
Catholic missionaries to the pagan Germanic tribes. The pagan Germanic tribes worshiped trees, especially the Oak tree. The missionaries saw the twisted Oak as symbolizing th…e twistedlies of the devil and chose a Pine to symbolize the straight andtrue faith of Christianity. They used the new symbol to helpconvert the Germanic tribes to Catholicism. The Pine tree became the traditional Christmas Tree in CatholicGermany and was retained when Germany converted to Protestantism. When Queen Victoria of England married Prince Albert of Germany hebrought the tradition of the Christmas Tree to England andAmericans copied the tradition because at the time they werefascinated with everything Queen Victoria and her family was doing.