Saturday, December 19, 2009
People and culture everywhere have quirks and unbelievable beliefs of all occasions. Christmas is never exempt from these. Here are collections of these beliefs form other culture, eras and people.
Christmas Cakes & Pies Superstitions
• Earlier, everybody was supposed to help make the Christmas cake.
• Since the Victorian Times, people stirred the cake mix thrice and make a wish for a gift from Santa.
• People used to put silver charms into the mix too.
• 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.
• It was considered unlucky to refuse a mince pudding on Christmas Eve.
• A piece for the pie had to be saved for the following day.
• It was considered more and more lucky to eat more Christmas pies in others' homes.
• It was a bad omen to eat mince pies before Christmas Eve and after Twelfth Night.
• One must never cut the Christmas pie as it cuts the 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.
• Three sips of salted water before Christmas dinner was said to bring good luck.
• It was believed to be lucky to eat an apple on Christmas Eve.