Friday, December 25, 2009

Superstition of the Week - Holiday Food

Mincemeat PieHoliday Food Superstitions

  • You will have as many happy months in the coming year, as the number of houses you eat mince pies in during Christmastime.

  • To have good health throughout the next year, eat an apple on Christmas Eve.

  • Into the mince pie mix, a sixpence coin for luck; a thimble for prosperity; a ring for marriage and a bachelor's button were also added. The things that one got into their piece predicted the year ahead.

  • Since the Victorian Times, people stirred the cake mix thrice and make a wish for a gift from Santa.

  • It was considered unlucky to refuse a mince pudding on Christmas Eve.

  • Three sips of salted water before Christmas dinner was said to bring good luck.

  • The dumb cake was made at midnight on Christmas Eve is prepared in complete silence by the bachelors and spinsters. One who made it left their initials on the upper surface of the cake. If the silence remained unbroken, the future partner was believed to come and leave their initials on the cake. If one walked backwards to bed after eating dumb cake, a dream about a future spouse was sure to visit them.

  • One must never cut the Christmas pie as it cuts the luck.

  • It was a bad omen to eat mince pies before Christmas Eve and after Twelfth Night.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Superstition of the Week - Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations Superstitions

  • In Germany, the last ornament on the tree is a pickle shaped ornament. In the morning, the child who finds the Christmas pickle gets a special present.

  • Most homes were decorated on Christmas Eve to avoid the anger of capricious forces.

  • Traditionally, the doors of the home were thrown open at midnight on Christmas Eve to let the trapped evil spirits out.

  • The Christmas candle was left burning in a window all night to enlighten the path of the good luck for the coming year to the household.

  • Lucky birds are welcome on Christmas and signify good luck.

  • The first person to visit the household should bring the evergreens or coals with him and gets the privilege to kiss all the women of the house.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Superstition of the Week - Holly and Ivy

Holly and Ivy
  • Christmas evergreens represent endurance while the berries represent resurrection of life. Since the 15th century, holly and ivy were essential part of Christmas decorations for church.

  • If the holly used for Christmas decorations is smooth the wife will be master. If the holly used for Christmas decorations is prickly the husband is the master. Prudent couples use both kinds of hollies on Christmas to assure balanced and harmonious home.

  • Holly was used as a protection against witches and thunder.

  • Holly leaves were scratched with the initials of the close admirers by the unmarried girls and sown into night clothing or kept under their pillow. It was said that it would bring them dream of their future husband. For this charm to be more effective, a borrowed wedding ring was worn on the third finger of the left hand.

  • Holly is regarded as a masculine plant and ivy a feminine one, hence, too much ivy is believed to bring bad luck.

  • A leaf of ivy was left in a bowl of water on Hogmany (New Years Eve) until the eve of Twelfth Night (Little Christmas) on 6th January. If it remained fresh and green a good year was expected. If it withered and had black spots by the end, ill health was prophesized.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Superstition of the Week - Tis the Season

  • Holiday SuperstitionsSnow on Christmas means Easter will be green.

  • It is believed that on the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, animals can talk but it is bad luck to eavesdrop to what they are saying.

  • No major housework should be attempted on this day. Washing clothes should especially be avoided on Holy Innocents Day.

  • A loud cheery party on this day is said to chase away evil spirits.

  • If you do not give a present on Christmas Eve, prosperity will leave you.

  • Singing Christmas carols at any time other than during the festive season is unlucky.