Currently, there is a commercial for FedEx featuring Santa and his elf shipping a box of coal to someone on his list. It is always amusing for me to see or hear that if you are bad you will get coal in your stocking. Well, where I grew up in the Wyoming Valley, coal was where your father or grandfather earned his living.
It warmed your house, generated the electricity to your house.
That stocking full of coal could have heated your house on Christmas day.
If you were bad you got ashes in your stocking.
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