"12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop" - Creepy Christmas superstitions from Dani Harper

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December is filled with myth and legend, wonder and whispers. And sometimes the weird, creepy and scary as well. Here are 5 superstitions associated with the season --- and they're definitely not visions of dancing sugar plums!

1.   Dogs that howl on Christmas Eve will go mad before the end of the year. A candle or a lamp should be kept burning all night on Christmas Eve to avoid a death in the house in the following year.

2.   Instead of water turning into wine at midnight on Christmas Eve, some hold the belief that the water in streams and wells turns into blood! Not only that, if you witness this change, you’ll die within the year!

3.   A once popular parlor game gave everyone an apple after dinner, which was then cut in half across the middle to reveal the pattern of the core. If the core is star-shaped (most apples have this), the owner of the apple will see another Christmas. If the core is a different shape, the owner’s death will occur in the next twelve months! The appearance of a four-pointed cross was worst of all – although what was worse than death is never mentioned.

4.   A Scandinavian belief states that it’s dangerous to go out on Christmas Eve because of the many supernatural beings that come out of their hiding places that night. Trolls, witches, goblins and ghosts roam freely, some of which are the spirits of the dead revisiting their previous homes. Gifts must be left outside – bowls of pudding and cream, clothes, tobacco and even ale – in order to appease some of these creatures. The most perilous time occurred between cock’s crow and dawn, when supernatural beings were at the peak of their power. To go outside meant risking death or being carried off by them, never to be seen again.

5.   Swedish folklore puts a chilling twist on this story. On Christmas Eve, they prepare their dining room with food and ale and blazing fire – and leave it overnight to enable the spirits of the dead to celebrate. The family checks the chairs in the morning for traces of earth, proof that the dead have come calling!

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Ready for some fun?  From Dec 13 - 24, it's the 1st Annual "12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop". Each blog on the list hosts a giveaway and all hosts are linked up so you can HOP from one blog to another!  (You don't have to visit them all - each has their own giveaway that is separate from all others.)

A winner has been drawn to receive a signed copy of CHANGELING DREAM and a Dani Harper tote bag! 

Congratulations to DONNAS!  
Thank you to everyone who dropped by. I really enjoyed the comments! 

Check out the 2012 New Year's Blog Hop right here, beginning on December 30th

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