CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 17 BLOG POST

CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 17 BLOG POST

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 17th December 2021

 ADVENT DOOR 17 – 24 DAY COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS DAY!

8 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY

 

  1. A CHRISTMAS CARD.

  1. THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS.

Why Does Santa Claus Give Coal To Bad Kids?

“If you don’t behave, Santa won’t give you any presents for Christmas – just a big lump of coal.”

Now I can tell you that is a sentence I would hear as a kid at least once a year (and usually more often) in the run-up to Christmas.

The mere prospect of unwanted fossil fuels in lieu of toys and chocolate was enough to send me running off in a fearful fit of tears, promising to amend my tantrum-ing ways!

But where exactly does this notion come from? It can’t have been unique, because my childhood best-friend said his mom had said that to him too.

So let’s do a little digging and go on a journey of festive discovery together.

In the early days of Santa, he was known for only delivering presents to the good kids and punishing the bad ones.

Even back in the early 1800s, literature about Santa didn’t have him punishing bad kids with lumps of coal, but rather “a long, black, birched rod” as a lash for dealing out physical punishment.

That said, though, coal was still a relatively new thing on a domestic level in the early 1800s, so it’s fair to assess coal wouldn’t be commonplace back then and as such wouldn’t have really made it into common folklore.

So instead of coal, naughty kids got stones, ashes, cold potatoes, or – the most sinister of them all – a bit of a light whipping or a beating from the jolly red fellow.

Or was he green back then? Or is green Santa a myth? I can never remember why Santa is really red.

But what about the coal?

Santa in the dark with lumps of coal

Well, truth be told, the coal is quite a hard thing to pin down.

In fact, it might pre-date the earliest of early Santa himself, but the snows are very muddied on this one I’m afraid!

So, whilst it’s a staple that Santa has always punished the naughty kids, the coal seems to come from a whole bunch of different places.

In Italian folklore, kids were visited by a witch on her flying broomstick who dished out gifts and candy to the good kids, and coal to the bad kids.

Some people think that the idea of bad kids getting coal came from 16th Century Holland.

Children would put their clogs by the fireplace on Christmas Eve and the good kids would get them filled with candy or small toys but the bad kids would have their clogs filled with coal.

In Victorian England, Santa would only give coal to poor kids as a form of punishment for the bad deeds that made their family poor.

However, this would prove beneficial to the poor families as they could burn the coal, something which they couldn’t usually afford.

So why coal?

Simple answer: we just don’t know!

All we can really do is speculate on why he delivers the coal. One thing a lot of people suspect is that it all links to the chimney and the fireplace.

Santa and his various helpers within the different folklore versions around the world often enter a house from the chimney, delivering gifts that are by the fireplace.

Therefore it would make sense that coal, a marker of bad kids, is something related to the fireplace.

This links into the Germanic version of ye olde Santa, where he would deliver bags of ashes to naughty kids rather than a lump of coal.

So, whilst we might not know why Santa gives coal to bad kids, we do know that you better watch out, you better not shout, you better not pout – unless you want a big lump of coal in your stocking.

Written by: Jack De Graaf

  1. A Christmas Track.
  1. 24 When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney
  1. A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.

  1. AN ANNUAL.

  1. A CHRISTMAS THEMED GAME.

  1. CHRISTMAS FILMS.

  1. CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATESELECTION BOX.

  1. A CHRISTMAS THEMED JIGSAW.

  1. A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK.

  1. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.

  1. ADULT CHRISTMAS BOOK.

  1. A CHRISTMAS TREE.

  1. CHRISTMAS JUMPERS.

  1. CHRISTMAS TV TIMES.

  1. CHRISTMAS RADIO TIMES.
CHRISTMAS 1984
  1. A PANTOMIME.

 

 

BLACKPOOL
Venue: The Grand Theatre
Title: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Production company: UK Productions

Dates: 3rd December 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Cast: Vicky Entwistle, Steve Royle, Jamie Steen, Chris Warner Drake, Ellie Green, 

  1. ELF ON THE SHELF.

  1. CHRISTMAS TOP FORTY.

Radio London BIG L Fab ‘Forty’ for Sunday 25th December 1966

Broadcast from the Offshore Pirate Radio Ship MV Galaxy

This was the highlight of my Christmas Day 1966. A brilliant year for music and I loved the Offshore Pirate Radio Stations. I loved them

Field’s Festive Fab ‘Forty’ for Sunday 25th December 1966

‘Twas Christmas Day and the Fab was still fat – containing forty-six entries! Presented by Ed Stewart

Last        This

Week      Week

5              1              Happy Jack                                                                          Who

7              2              Any Way That You Want Me                                           Troggs

3              3              Save Me                                                                                 Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich

12           4              In The Country                                                                    Cliff Richard & the Shadows

13           5              (I Know) I’m Losing You                                                  Temptations

1              6              Sunshine Superman                                                            Donovan

10           7              Mustang Sally                                                                      Wilson Pickett

8              8              Deadlier Than The Male                                                    Walker Brothers

18           9              My Girl, The Month Of May                                            Dion & the Belmonts

16           10           Night Of Fear                                                                       Move

17           11           Under New Management                                                  Barron Knights

2              12           Morningtown Ride                                                              Seekers

26           13           Too Many Fish In The Sea Young                                    Rascals

11           14           Hang On To A Dream                                                        Tim Hardin

33           15           Baby Do The Philly Dog                                                    Olympics

22           16           Going Nowhere                                                                    Los Bravos

37           17           Single Girl                                                                             Sandy Posey

34           18           Hey Joe                                                                                 Jimi Hendrix Experience

4              19           If Every Day Was Like Christmas                                   Elvis Presley

15           20           I Feel Free                                                                             Cream

30           21           Progress                                                                                 Pretty Things

31           22           I See The Light                                                                     Simon Dupree & the Big Sound

23           23           When Will The Good Apples Fall                                    Ronnie Hilton

9              24           Pamela Pamela                                                                    Wayne Fontana

25           25           Listen To My Heart                                                            Bats

–              26           Nashville Cats                                                                     Lovin’ Spoonful

6              27           Dead End Street                                                                   Kinks

14           28           Walk With Faith In Your Heart                                        Bachelors

34           29           Sugar Town                                                                          Nancy Sinatra

–              30           (Come ‘Round Here) I’m The One You Need                 Miracles

_–__       31           The Eggplant That Ate Chicago                                       Dr West’s Medicine Show & Junk Band

–            32            I’m A Believer                                                                      Monkees

29           33           The Star Of The Show (The La La Song)                       Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band

–              33           Call Her Your Sweetheart                                                 Frank Ifield

30           34           Listen To The River Roll Along                                       Wee Willie Harris

28           34           Oh What A Fool                                                                  Peter Lee Stirling                                 

–              35           From Head To Toe                                                              Escorts

31           35           Green Green Grass Of Home                                            Tom Jones

40           36           Baby Tomorrow                                                                  Paul Jones

–              37           Run To The Door                                                                 Clinton Ford

36           37           Make Believe                                                                       Jason Deane

38           38           Gotta Get Out The Mess I’m In                                        Young Idea

39           38           Something Inside Of Me Died                                          Gene Latter

20           39           Yes Virginia There Is A Santa Claus                              Neil Spence

–              40           I’m Not Your Stepping Stone                                            Flies

  •         40            One Night Stand                                                               Incas
  1. SCROOGE.

  1. SANTA & RUDOLF.

  1. A CHRISTMAS FACT OR TWO OR THREE OR FOUR.
  1. The idea of a white Christmas comes from Dickens’ works. Dickens lived during a mini ice age which meant every Christmas it snowed for 8 years straight.

 

  1. The very first string of electric Christmas tree lights was created in 1882.

Up until the 20th Century it was common for Christmas trees to be lit up by candles, something which was understandably quite dangerous!

 

  1. The first electric Christmas tree lights were created by Thomas Edison’s business partner and friend, Edward H. Johnson, in 1882. The cost involved in creating the lights and installing them was so high that they weren’t affordable to the general public until a few decades later. That being said, Johnson’s Christmas tree was declared to be “the handsomest Christmas Tree in the United States”.

        4.Different names of SANTA CLAUS around the world include: Kriss Kringle in Germany, Le Befana in Italy, Pere Noel in France and Deushka Moroz (Grandfather Frost) in Russia.

  1. A CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE.

 How does Santa keep track of all the fireplaces he’s visited?
He keeps a logbook.

  1. CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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