YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Here are some gift-giving superstitions:
Giving or accepting a gift with the left hand will mean the loss of friendship.
Try not to give anything sharp, such as a gift of knives or scissors. That means the relationship may be cut.
To undo this damage, the person who receives the knives gives a small coin in return. That way, it’s a deal — a transaction.
Giving a pocket handkerchief is dangerous. It means tears are on the way.
Soap is also supposed to be an unlucky gift. It will wash away your friendship.
What about gems?
Opals are considered unlucky gemstones unless they’re going to someone born in October — the birthstone month for opal.
Giving emeralds brings good luck. If you get one, you’re protected from evil unless the gift comes on a Monday. Then, the luck is lost.
Christmas is on a Monday, so give an emerald on Christmas Eve this year.
The semi-precious gem turquoise will take away any bad feelings between giver and receiver.
Giving gloves is bad luck, and if you give them to a friend it means you will have a fight.
If you give someone a purse or wallet, make sure there’s at least one coin in it. It means the purse will never be empty, and future wealth is coming.
There’s also an old English tradition: Put a lump of coal among the Christmas presents. Throw it into the fire and make a wish as it burns, and that wish will come true.
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