When holding a business or personal event such as a wedding, a child's baptism or a special anniversary, it is often customary to give the guests a favor or a thank-you gift, since a nice, small gift is a wonderful way of expressing gratitude. The custom of giving favors to guests at weddings and other events has been around in different cultures for many years. It is believed that newlyweds began giving their guests gifts as far back as the 16th century as a way to thank them for sharing their joy on such an important day. Those celebrating another family celebration - a child's baptism - have started to do the same thing by giving their guests small christening thank-you gifts. After all, when guests receive a symbolic memento, they are sure to remember your celebration for years to come.
If you want to give your guests something original, you often have to rack your brain to think up gifts that would be suitable for the occasion. There is certainly a large selection: it could be something edible, something witty, something personalized, or a gift that is symbolic or which goes with the theme of the festivities. If you decide that the gift should be symbolic, what should it symbolize? Happiness and success, of course! So why not give your guests a good luck charm to mark the occasion? One option is a horseshoe.
Horseshoes have long been considered a symbol of good luck. The superstition that this object brings luck goes back as far as the 10th century. There is an English legend which explains this. Once there was a Saint Dunstan, a 10th century English blacksmith. One day, the devil came to his smithy to order a horseshoe for his cleft hooves. St.Dunstan knew that he was the devil, and convinced him that in order to fasten the horseshoes, he would first have to be chained to the wall. The devil believed him. When nailing the horseshoes to his hooves, the blacksmith caused him a lot of pain. The devil began to beg for mercy. Then the blacksmith said he would only let the devil go if he never stepped foot in a Christian home again. Desperate, the devil agreed, but did not know how he would be able to tell if a home was Christian. St.Dunstan quickly caught on and said "You'll see a horseshoe over the front door." And this is how they keep demons out.
Another thing that has long been considered a bearer of good luck is a four-leaf clover. The four-leaf clover is not a myth. Although not as common as three-leaf clovers, they do indeed exist. It is estimated that there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover. George J. Kaminski, an American who began collecting these lucky clovers in 1995, already has 72,927 four-leaf clovers in his collection.
It is said that each leaf of the clover has a meaning: the first means faith, the second – hope, the third – love, and the fourth – success. It is believed that a four-leaf clover or a charm shaped like one that is given as a gift can bring particularly good luck.
However, there are gifts which do a lovely job combining these two symbols of good luck, thereby giving the product even more symbolism. For example, a wooden horseshoe with a four-leaf clover inside and engraved with the words "Good luck". These can be purchased at Amazon.com
A label with the meaning of the gift and a wish is attached to the horseshoe. The gift comes packaged in a white paper box tied with a natural raffia ribbon so that it can immediately be given to your guests. It is no accident that white packaging was chosen for the gift, as this is the most popular color for celebrations such as weddings and christenings. If you want to coordinate the gifts for your guests with the theme of the celebration, all you have to do is re-tie the gift boxes with a different colored ribbon.
This year, giving horseshoes has become even more popular due to the fact that 2014 is the year of the wooden horse year according to the Chinese calendar. So why not thank your guests by giving them heartwarming gifts that bring good luck?!
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