Coal, not as bad a gift as you might think…
Why coal? England in the 1800’s was powered by coal. Coal was the primary source of heat for warmth and cooking in nearly every home. At Christmastime, the wealthy would lavish their children with fruit, candy and coins while the poor were happy to receive coal. A single lump of coal wouldn’t burn for long but to the poor, in winter, a lump of coal was life and hot food and it meant one more day to try to be a little better, to be grateful and kind to others and to believe. Next year maybe St. Nick will bring a coin.
Coal is symbolic of the hope required to push through day after day while having nothing in the hope that tomorrow will be a little less rough. Give those bad boys and girls hope this year. Give them a lump of coal.
Here are the best recipes and patterns found online to make someone’s Christmas a little less “Bah! Humbug!” with some meaningful and (in some cases) delicious Christmas Coal. Merry Christmas friends. – Kelly and Deb