I'm thinking it's a bit of humor on the good doctor's part. That's not really a lump of coal. It's a giant glob of old, melted, recycled Reece's Peanut Butter Cup. You should feel flattered. ;)S
Cute tree, it looks like it's upside down...I guess if you have to get a lump of coal then a chocolate one is preferable...R
A mixed message or a mixed metaphor - I'd go for the latter if I were you!
Oh, boy! Is it a live tree? Will it be there forever (or at least as long as you keep it alive? Like a potted plant?)? So, it will be decorated for all holidays, kind of like your much admired Tax Time Pig.
How can anything be bad about this when the first few ingredients include chocolate, sugar and peanut butter? No matter what they call this treat, it sounds perfect to me. I hope I've been naughty enough to get some lumps of coal like this year! The tree is very pretty. I bet it smells wonderful, too.
When Dr. M came home last night with these gifts, did his breath smell funny?
The dour Scots have a tradition of a gift of a lump of coal on New Year's eve, or Hogmanay. I have now moved from Scotland but never actually got a lump of coal when we DID live in the Borders.Enjoy all gifts, that's the best way.
An Australian Christmas tree, and a well-intended gift of deliciousness? Is the mixed message between "I love you so SO much!" and "I love you so so SO SO much!"?
It is super cute. I would like THAT lump of coal please!
That's quite a lump of coal. A lump of coal that any girl could love. Don't forget to water that tree!
To echo PhilipH above, a lump of coal is a good thing. When you live somewhere as cold as Scotland.And yes, lovely tree! Is the clock very large, or the tree quite small?
I've been very, very naughty. I deserve about six of these lumps of coal.
I would say the chocolate factor trumps the coal factor.Bravo for getting a live tree!
The tree is a Norfolk Pine, about 2 1/5 to 3 feet tall (right now). It's really just a big houseplant. Although we've already decorated it some for Christmas. And yes the "lump of coal" was QUITE delicious :)
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