Read to me :
Children have probably been told that if they are naughty, they will find lumps of coal instead of the usual goodies in their Christmas stockings when Christmas arrives. On the other hand, finding a piece of coal on the street is considered a sign of good luck in some countries. It is also a good sign if a friend gives you a lump of coal. In the north of England, people practice the custom of piling their doorsteps with little lumps of coal on New Year’s Eve. Each person who visits the house on this day will retrieve one piece of coal and bring it into the house so as to bring good fortune to the household.