It is observed that most of the Festivals celebrated across the world are based on some prior myths, beliefs and observations. There are many beliefs that do not even have a strong proof of, but are widely practiced and acknowledged by people. Superstitions are such beliefs that do not have a associated proof yet find a space in the hearts of people.
Some of the common Christmas Superstitions / Myths are listed below:
- The child born on Christmas Day will have a special fortune.
- Snow on Christmas means Easter will be green.
- You will have as many happy months in the coming year, as the number of houses you eat mince pies in during Christmastime.
- In Greece, some people burn their old shoes during the Christmas season to prevent misfortunes in the coming year.
- To have good health throughout the next year, eat an apple on Christmas Eve.
- The gates of Heaven open at midnight on Christmas Eve. Those who die then go straight to Heaven (an Irish belief).
- Christmas candles should be left burning until Christmas morning and should rest undisturbed from time of lighting until they are snuffed.
- Singing Christmas carols at any time other than during the festive season is unlucky.
- 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.
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