Have you ever heard about the history of the wine bottle tree? Some will tell you about pagan superstition while others will mention artsy fartsy. The Greeks and Romans thought that sneezes were bad spirits being expelled. When someone sneezed, nearby people would snap their fingers to keep the spirit out of their own bodies, and say “Jupiter preserve you” to keep the spirit from reentering the sneezer. Superstitious crapalicious. Facts or not, we put up our tree to enjoy the beauty of the color of blue all season long.
Funny as it is, anyone saying “God bless you” are really performing an ancient pagan superstitious ritual.
On to the spirit of the bottle. The spirit story came from Africa and up into eastern Europe, and eventually imported into the Americas by African slaves – and Germans, Irish, and other superstitious folk who among other things put hex symbols on…
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