News

Christmastime comes with superstitions, tall tales

Christmastime comes with superstitions, tall tales

TRADITIONS, TALL TALES: Christmas has long held superstitions. Photo: clipart.com

Christmas has long been a time ripe for superstitions, tall tales and odd beliefs.

Some experts say that since Christmas has a strong religious base, it’s been a prime target for various superstitions over the years. Others suggest it’s simply a matter of local customs taking shape through time.

Regardless, there are quite a few superstitions that have been observed around the holiday.

For instance, an old Scottish tale suggests that babies born on Christmas can see spirits, and possibly even command them.

In France, it’s been believed that Christmas babies have the gift of prophecy.

In old England, mothers would take their sick children to the door on Christmas night, in the belief the Virgin Mary would pass by with the Christ child.

Some Spaniards used to believe that you should treat cows kindly on Christmas, since cattle are thought to have been present when Jesus was born.

And according to one superstition, any dog that howled on Christmas Day was sure to go mad in the coming year.

Local Headlines

in Local

Odebolt Home Invasion

News Arrest1240 1

Four are arrested on multiple charges after a break in and assault...

in Local

Estherville Domestic Assault

Karns

An Estherville man is arrested and facing multiple charges...

in Local

Lottery Worker Pleads

Iowa Lottery

An Iowa lottery worker has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges...

in Local

Pick A Day Make It Pay

spencercityseal

Spencer Mainstreet is looking to help shoppers with the winter doldrums...

in Local

Clay County OWI Accident

News Arrest1240 1

A Dickens woman faces an OWI charge after putting her vehicle in a ditch...