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the years, it has been said that a girl could dream of her future husband
on St. Valentine's Eve by sleeping with four bay or laurel leaves pinned
to the corners of her pillow. Some believed that lovers stayed faithful
as long as each carried half of the same laurel twig. Today, the laurel
leaf still represents thoughts of loved ones.
*A silver spoon
moon has always held special meaning for lovers, enchanting those who walk
in the midst of it's romantic glow. Legend holds that a young girl could
see the face of her future husband by peering at the moon on St. Valentine's
Eve. For a time many truly believed this face was "the man in the moon."
In seventeenth century England,
it was customary for a girl to hold a "dumb supper" or "silent supper"
on Midsummer's Eve. The late meal was to be prepared in total darkness,
without one word spoken between the participants. Everything was placed
backwards, including the silverware, china--even chairs at the table. Servers
walked back-wards from the kitchen, and courses were eaten in reverse order.
Then, still in complete silence and darkness, the girls would wait until
the clock struck midnight. At that time, each would see before her the
ghostly form of her future husband.
An English country custom
led young girls to rely on the sounds of nature to indicate their fates.
Two girls would go out into the woods after dark, where they would hold
the tip of a leaf and recite:
If I am to marry near,
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