Service of It’s Still A Thing for Some People

July 31st, 2023

Categories: Cures, Gifts, Housewarming Gifts, Old Wives Tales

A pal suffered a bad upset stomach recently and I suggested ginger ale, saltines and apple sauce—my mother’s Rx. This friend said her dad recommended tomato juice for its potassium if you feel faint.

I thought of this conversation as I slipped a dollar in a wallet before wrapping a gift. My father used to say it would help ensure prosperity. He also recommended giving some change to the recipient of a knife or scissors so as not to cut your friendship.

When we bought a house we were given a decorative iron cricket for good luck.

Speaking of housewarming gifts that bring luck, a friend stopped eating lunch to look up a memory: the present of bread, salt and wine. The George Bailey’s gave the Martini family these things in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Your Christmas tree decorations should include a red cardinal for luck.

Do you follow practices like these?

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7 Responses to “Service of It’s Still A Thing for Some People”

  1. Linda Levi Said:

    Linda Levi on Facebook: Mostly no.

  2. Joan Cear Said:

    Joan Cear on Facebook: I was raised with most of those traditions, including tossing change into the back seat of a new car for good luck and using vinegar to soothe a sunburn.

  3. Jeanne Byington Said:


    ohhhh! New ones for me.

  4. Loretta Adams Said:

    Loretta on Facebook: I do put cash/coins in wallet if gifting, or sometimes a funny picture of me or recipient; I do hide a pickle ornament on tree every year, (whoever finds it gets one more gift), a rosary is always in my purse, guardian Angel in my car.

  5. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Mom’s car key chain always included a St. Christopher medal. Love the pickle ornament tradition.

  6. Martha Tepper Takayama Said:

    I still believable in ginger ale (warm). Apple sauce, dry toast, and boiled rice with extra water which makes it soupy and supposedly binding. I am soo old that I remember shops ( atleast individual ones) putting a penny in your new bag or wallet and present coming the same way. Don’t know if soda water does remove wine stains. My dear friend Sarah Lenis has a cricket sculpture on the hearth. I still don’t open an umbrella in the house! I can’t think of anything else at the moment, but when I remember behavior like this I think I do follow it.

  7. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I walk my wet umbrella to the bathtub and only then do I open it. I never put it over my head indoors though!

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