It sounds very clichéd but wow did November ever fly by. Seems like only a week ago that we were heading out trick or treating and already I am starting my chocolate countdown calendar. I can only hope that the rest of the winter goes this fast. Typically with all the hustle and bustle of Christmas December is a fast month as well. It is January and February that really gets ya.
Of course there isn’t much happening around the Duck at this time of year, so I have been a little lacking for topics for the blog. I decided to set out on a search of the internet to find some interesting December tidbits to write about and was well rewarded. There are all sorts of strange December superstitions, weather lore, beliefs and sayings that I have compiled to share . You will notice that I couldn’t help but also share my unsolicited opinion on the ‘facts’ below
First off a few simple December Superstitions
“On Christmas Eve all animals can speak”
However, it is apparently bad luck to test this superstition. So if you see the Reindeer that ran over Grandma it is probably best to just walk away.
“Wearing new shoes on Christmas Day will bring bad luck”
If you had shoes on your Christmas list, you may want to do some editing.
“Good Luck will come to the house where a fire is kept burning throughout the Christmas season”
I gotta contradict this one. I think if a fire burns in my house throughout Christmas, it will be very, very bad luck since I don’t have a fireplace.
“If a girl raps on a henhouse door on Christmas Eve and a rooster crows, she will marry within a year”
Forget about getting trampled in the garter toss ladies, give this one a try. And make sure to send me a wedding picture if it works out.
If your birthday is December 28 close your eyes and don’t read this part. This day is widely regarded as the unluckiest day of the year. I have no idea why, but I guess with superstitions there never is an answer to this question.
Here’s a useless did you know fact:
December Starts on the same day of the week as September.
December ends on the same day of the week as April
Ok how many of you besides me checked the calendar after you read this?
There is a seemingly unlimited supply of weather tidbits on the net so here is just a sampling of the Weather lore:
– “A clear, star filled Christmas Eve will bring good crops in the summer”
– “If sun shines through the apple trees upon Christmas Day,
When autumn come they will a load of fruit display”
– “ Snow on Christmas means Easter will be green.”
Before you google it, Easter 2012 is on April 8.
-“A green Christmas; a white Easter”
– “If Christmas Day be bright and clear
There’ll be two winters in the year”
– “The nearer the new Moon to Christmas Day, the harder the Winter.”
Uh oh, the new moon is on December 24.
My job is done now that I have filled your time with useless information. My next mission to settle my curiosity will definitely be to see how many actually come true. I will be tracking the snow and sunshine over the next few months and report back on my findings. In the mean time I will continue my google expedition to find some useless tidbits to amuse, entertain and possibly bore you with.
Happy December Everyone. And remember you are never to old for a Christmas Chocolate Countdown Calendar. Go out and buy one today and spend a little time acting like a kid again.