Christmas superstitions

2017-12-20 06:00

RHYMING Christmas superstitions were carefully heeded many moons ago, especially in the Northern hemisphere.

“If Christmas on a Sunday be

A windy winter we shall see

Hours of sun on Christmas Day’So many frosts ‘til month of May

Christmas bells on Saturday tolled

Winter foggy, summer cold.”

Farmers in Britain used to put sprigs of holly on their beehives in the belief that on the first Christmas the bees hummed in honour of the Christ child

And that they hummed the 100th Psalm every Christmas thereafter.

A single girl wanting to dream of the man she would marry would place her shoes on either side of the bed with a sprig of rosemary in one and thyme in the other, then sleeping on her back, her husband to be would appear in her dreams.

Or she could walk backwards towards a pear tree, circle it three times, then look up to see the image of her husband appear among the branches.

Impatient spinsters were told to tap on the door of a henhouse at midnight on Christmas Eve and if a hen cackled first the chances of marriage that year were bad, but if the cock crowed she could start planning her trousseau.

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