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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Christmas Superstitions

Christmas is related to the birth of Christ and Christianity. But many of the Christmas traditions have pagan origins. Thus, it has many superstitions and religious beliefs that are used for divination and future predictions related to it. Many things and activities are classified as good omens and ill omens for the coming year on this day. Here are some of the more common superstitions for you.

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

Eat plum pudding on Christmas Day to avoid losing a friend before next Christmas.

It is bad luck to let any fire go out in your house during the Christmas season. The fire in your fireplace must continue to burn for the twelve days of Christmas.

On Christmas Eve all animals can speak. However, it is bad luck to test this superstition.

Wearing new shoes on Christmas Day will bring bad luck.

Place soes side by side on Christmas Eve to prevent a family quarrel.

A blowing wind on Christmas Day brings good luck.

The weather on each of the twelve days of Christmas signifies what the weather will be on the appropriate month of the coming year.

In the Netherlands,
they take a fir stick and thrust it into the fire and let it burn partially. They put it under the bed. This serves as lightening protection.

Nothing sown on Christmas Eve will perish, even if the seed is sown in the snow.

A loaf of bread left on the table after Christmas Eve dinner will ensure no lack of bread for the next year.If you refuse mince pie at Christmas dinner, you will have bad luck for a year.

In Greece,
you should burn your old shoes during the Christmas season to prevent misfortunes in the coming year.

Place a branch of a cherry tree in water at the beginning of advent. It will bring luck if it flowers by Christmas.

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