I've mentioned in previous posts that I solemnly believe putting Christmas decorations up before the 1st of December to be unlucky - and who needs bad luck at Chrissie so that's a crucial one. Of course it's bad luck to take them down before New Year's Day as well.
I see others not adhering to the "rule" as I walk past houses in November and see their festive wreaths already on their doors. I seriously feel a little frightened for them and wonder do they scoff superstition, did their parents not teach them, or have they evolved and I haven't?
Well perhaps it's just because it's quite annoying, that they're organised for Christmas by November and I'm not!
So why are we superstitious? Is it a real fear of the unknown, or just the fun our parents had screwing with our heads as children, as did their parents before them? I consider myself to be intelligent, and prefer to hang out with fact not fiction, and I don't live every moment of my life via superstitions, but still they exist in me.
Some time ago I was discussing with one of my adult sons, some of the silly but powerful things I taught them as children. The opening umbrellas indoors was a biggy (and they mock me all the time with that one), and the breaking mirrors one was also told, along with many others. We laughed at my continual insistence not to run with scissors, which of course is common-sense not a superstition, but as he defiantly picked up my scissors and tried to run with them, he just couldn't do it - yep my job as a Mother was done!
Of course as kids, they worked out fairly early why not to walk under ladders, and black cats are scary anyway because they belong to witches (I didn't tell them that one, they told me). I happen to know some very nice black cats and their equally nice owners, and they're actually considered good luck in some countries.
I wonder if the boys now touch wood when they hear an Ambulance siren, and if when their ears are ringing, do they go through names of people they know, to find out who is talking about them - now that's a tough one, considering a teenager these days has an average 200 friends on Facebook.
In researching superstition I found some hilarious ones :
- Holding your breath as you go past a Cemetery, or you may breath in the soul of someone recently departed.
- Seeing an Ambulance is bad luck unless you pinch your nose & hold your breath until you see a black or brown dog.
- If cows lift their tails it's an indication of rain - I'll leave that one alone.
- If you drop your scissors on the floor, it means your lover is being unfaithful - considering I drop scissors continuously while I sew & craft, my partner must be quite tired by now!
Of course what does a superstitious person do?
They book themselves into a local Cemetery Ghost Tour don't they! It makes perfect sense (not) but that's what I've done nonetheless. Stupid Bucket List!
Who invented that Bucket List idea anyway?
I'll be fine though, after all I'll have my lucky Black Kitty Charm with me.
There are so many more superstitions from different parts of the world. Let me know what your favourite ones are.... Jen.
Wish me luck!