Tuesday, December 20, 2016

9 Romantic Christmas Traditions From Around The World

Christmas is just around the corner, and 'tis the season for many wedding proposals to take place. As a matter of fact, between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, there is a large rise in the number of people "popping THE question."

It could be due to the festive nature of the season, or possibly the fact that most family and friends are gathered together already and able to share in the joy. Angelus Bridal & Formals decided to look up a few romantic traditions associated with Christmas, and this is what we found. 

Here they trust a rooster to choose who will be married next. Piles of corn are placed at the feet of single ladies. The rooster is then released, and the next bride-to-be is the one whose corn pile he chooses. 

St. Barbara's Day is celebrated on December 4th every year in Austria. On this particular day, unmarried women are encouraged to place a single cherry twig in a glass of water. If she is lucky enough to have it bloom before Christmas Eve, then good luck is coming her way, and very likely, marriage. 

Czech Republic
Make sure no one is standing too close to you if you give this tradition a try! Single women toss a shoe over their shoulder, and the way it lands says a lot. If the toe points towards the front door, a wedding is in your future. 

During the Christmas Eve supper in Poland, straw is placed underneath the tablecloth. This symbolizes the birth of Jesus in a manger. Guests at the table take turns pulling out a piece of straw. If your straw is green, luck and marriage are coming. If it's yellow, expect to be single for another year. 

We've heard before that finding a spider on your wedding dress is good luck, That could be due to this tale. Once upon a time, some spiders overheard a widow sadly state that she could not afford to decorate her Christmas tree. The spiders took it upon themselves to weave their beautiful webs all over the tree, giving it a festive and natural beauty. To this day, people in the Ukraine hide a spider in their tree for good luck.   

Unmarried people in Sweden need to choose their Christmas rice pudding bowls carefully. If they want to be married within the year, they need to find the bowl with an almond in it. 

In Thessaly, boys take a cedar branch and girls take a white cherry branch. These are then held over a fire. The branch that burns the fastest is not only the one expecting good luck in their future, but also an impending marriage. 

United Kingdom
Supposedly, a kiss under the mistletoe became a popular Christmas tradition around the 18th century in England. Mistletoe is the Druid symbol of fertility. You'll find this frisky greenery hanging in many homes here in the U.S.A. too. 

This particular tradition takes place on New Year's Day rather than at Christmas. People get together to pour molten tin into buckets of cold water. The shapes that are formed when the tin cools are used to predict each person's future. If you end up with a heart or a ring, love is on its way!

Some of you may believe wholeheartedly in traditions like these, and others may find them preposterous. Either way, we think they're kind of fun. If you give any of these a try this year and end up with wedding bells in your future, make one of your first wedding planning stops at our South Florida bridal salon. With the wide variety of sizes, styles, and affordable choices for wedding fashions at Angelus Bridal & Formals, you are bound to find something to absolutely fall in love with. 

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