The most beautiful time of the year, Christmas is a moment of joy and celebration. The Christmas Tree, Christmas decorations and carols, great gifts and delicious meals with the entire family, make this holiday even more beautiful. Some of the customs for Christmas, transmited from generation to generation, are the result of old superstitions associated with Christmas celebrations. Here you can find a list of five Christmas superstitions.
1. Christmas decorations
Do you know why Christmas lights and decorations are used nowadays? This tradition is common today, but in the past decorations were used with the purpose to protect the homes against bad forces. People always decorated their homes on Christmas Eve. Lights were turned on only once the first star appeared.
2. Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree should only be brought into the house on 24th December to avoid capricious forces, an old superstition says. The tradition of decorating the Christmas Tree has its roots in Germany, where this beautiful way of celebrating the holiday started around the 16th century. Only an angel or a star is placed on top of the tree, to bring good luck to that home.
3. Candle burning
One of the most common Christmas superstitions is leaving a candle burning throughout the entire Christmas Eve. The candle should be left burning undisturbed and the light should not be put out until Christmas Day arrives. This light would protect the home from bad spirits and bad luck.
If you don’t want to be kissed under the mistletoe you need to be careful not to pass under it. A person who refuses a kiss under the mistletoe will have bad luck, says one superstition. Don’t try to get rid of the mistletoe from your home either, as thats is also considered to bring bad luck.
Christmas superstitions indicate that socks or shoes as presents is a bad idea. If you do that, the person who received your gift would walk out of your life in the future. In Greece, some people burn their old shoes to prevent misfortune in the year that is about to come.
Naturally, there are many superstitions associated with Christmas. Some behavious would bring bad luck, while others would protect the home, and bring good luck for the next year. Do you know any other Christmas superstitions?
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