Guest Author - Robin Henderson
During the latter part of each year, we have many big celebrations with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Yearís. With these holidays come many folk beliefs and traditions that people have taken part in for a long time. It can be fun for families to follow these customs and beliefs and to think these things may actually bring good fortune and luck. They may even be yearly family traditions that would be passed on from one generation to the next. Do your families follow any of these holiday folk beliefs?
Here are a couple of folk beliefs regarding the autumn and Thanksgiving. When the weather starts to turn colder, it never fails that many of us are faced with having colds and getting sick. But, if you are lucky enough to catch a leaf on the first day of autumn, it is believed that you will not catch a cold during the winter! Another very popular folk belief, which we even follow at our home, is regarding the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. When it is time to start putting away the turkey leftovers, two people can take the wishbone while making a wish and pull the wishbone apart. The person left with the larger or longer half will have their wish come true!
The Christmas season is an exciting time for celebrating. It is a nice time for wishing and for giving to others, as well as feeling lucky. Here are a couple more folk beliefs about Christmas. It is considered a very lucky thing to be born on Christmas day. In some cultures, children born on Christmas day are considered to have psychic abilities. Also, donít forget to hang mistletoe in your home. Mistletoe is believed to bring the members of your home good luck and fertility.
And, while everyone is busy writing their New Yearís resolutions, they are also hoping for a year of good fortune. Another very popular good luck tradition occurs on the first day of the new year. While you are preparing your New Yearís day dinner, donít forget to cook a pot of black eye peas. These are said to bring good luck for the rest of the year to all who eat them. Also, later in the year when the snow starts to melt and the sun comes back out, we start to see more birds and butterflies. If the first butterfly of the new year you see is a white one, it is a sign of good luck ahead!
So, during the holidays and the beginning of the new year, it is a fun thing to wish and hope that your big dreams will come true. These traditions are especially great to participate in while in the company of others, such as friends and family. Whether you wish for something simple or need a great deal of good luck, I hope you will enjoy some of these traditions and folk beliefs at your home this holiday season.