Gift Giving Superstitions
First lets define, "What is a superstition?" A superstition is a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.
There are many different superstitions about gift giving. And within these superstitions are different versions. Many of the superstitions have been carried down from generation to generation and as time passed the interpretations change, hence the different versions. While not knowing exactly how it started or the reason behind them, some families live by these old wives tales of gift giving. When inquiring about a particular superstition and why, many times the response was, “...because that is what my grandmother said!”
Here you will find different superstitions and legends about gift giving that have been carried down from mother to daughter and father to son over the years and even centuries. These gift giving superstitions cover anything from giving a purse as a gift to gifts for the new homeowner to knives breaking up relationships. There are also superstitions and traditions related to weddings from the time the couple gets engaged to the wedding ceremony.
Many of these superstitions can help you to avoid making a gift giving mistake and also play a part in international gift giving. For example, the holiday tradition in a Czech Republic Christmas celebration, is to place fish scales under the dinner plates for prosperity. In many countries, including Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, and Egypt, sharp objects are not given as gifts as it implies severing of the relationship or bad luck. And, in Scotland, the New Year begins with "first footing". The first foot inside the door on the New Year must belong to that of a dark male, bringing gifts of whiskey and shortbread. For gift giving in Morocco, avoid the colors pink, violet, and yellow as these are associated with death.
Do what you will with these tales of good or bad luck, money and broken friendships, revolving around gift giving, after all, they are superstitions!
|Gift Giving Folklore|
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