Christmas Superstitions

Superstitions have been a part of human life since time immemorial. It is a reflection as much of human ignorance as of the human fear in some power that is beyond any mortal control or understanding. Superstitions are associated with nearly all major holidays and festivals and Christmas is no exception. Christmas is a holiday steeped in superstition and folk belief. Take a look at some of the common beliefs and popular superstitions associated with Christmas celebrations. No one knows for sure as to when these came into existence. If you like what you see and want to share these, click here to send this page to your friends.

Superstitions as it is said :

  • The first person who opens the door during the early Christmas morning should shout "Welcome Father Christmas" to welcome Christmas. This also helps bad spirits who were trapped to escape.  

  • If someone avoids the kiss under the mistletoe will have bad luck.

  • It is mandatory to stir the pudding three times and make a wish. If you are unmarried and don’t join in, then you will not find your spouse in the next year. Wishes should be kept secret until they come true.

    Christmas superstition on candle

  • Singing religious Christmas songs at the houses of different people was an ancient tradition. It was believed that if you turn them away without food or money or drink you are bound to suffer bad luck for rest of the year.

  • Never give shoes to any of your loved ones during Christmas. If you do that, then that particular person can walk out of your life in future.

  • Holly is brought during Christmas to protect family members from witches.

    Superstition on Christmas Carol

  • For a greener planet after winter, green branches are brought. The Christmas tree is the centerpiece because of that.

  • No one should work hard on something which is not mandatory during Christmas.

  • Cakes were usually eaten on the Christmas Eve in 19th Century. However, it was believed that it would bring bad luck if cut before the day dawned. A piece of the cake should also be preserved for the Christmas day as well.

  • A blowing wind can bring good luck during Christmas.

    Christmas superstiton on gates of heaven

  • Christmas day dinner consists nine dishes.

  • To bring good luck fish scales should be placed under the dinner plates.

  • After the twelfth night, all the decorations should be removed to bring good luck.

  • The dog who screams on the Christmas Eve will go mad before the end of the year.

  • To stay away from the rage of the impulsive forces most of the homes are well adorned on the Christmas Eve.

    Christmas superstiton on cherry tree

  • Alcohol consumptions are not allowed on the Christmas Eve.

  • Even though all the animals can speak on the Christmas Eve but it brings bad luck if anyone tests this superstition.

  • The household will be blessed if the first person who visits the home during Christmas is a black haired man.

  • 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 beleif).

  • 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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