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October - December 2010     VOLUME 14 ISSUE 4
 
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Holiday Superstitions

Crystal Osborne

Halloween

If you go to a crossroads at Halloween and listen to the wind, you will learn all the most important things that will befall you during the next twelve months.

It is believed that if a person lights a new orange colored candle at midnight on Halloween and lets it burn until sunrise, he or she will be the recipient of good luck.

Some believe if you catch a snail on Halloween night and lock it into a flat dish, then in the morning you will see the first letter of your sweetheart written in the snail's slime.

Thanksgiving

Before putting the turkey in the oven, knock 3 times on a wooden board and the meat will taste succulent.

Pulling the wishbone. The person with the longer end will have their wish come true.

If you eat a child's turkey leftovers then it will make a boy naughty and a girl cry.

Christmas

Burning old mistletoe was said to predict marriage prospects of an unmarried girl. Steady flames ensured happy marital life while the spluttering flames predicted bad tempered and cross husbands.

The yule log should be lit by a piece of the log used on the previous Christmas. Once that is done, no evil spirit can then enter into the house. The remains of the Yule log were also considered lucky, and would be a protection against lightning or fire.

To have good health throughout the next year, eat an apple on Christmas Eve.