Holiday Traditions: The "Lucky Break"
One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is breaking the wishbone after my grandfather carves the turkey. My brother and I always fight over breaking off the longer piece for good luck. I recently found out where this tradition comes from and it is quite the history lesson. It dates back over 2,400 years to the Etruscans who believed that chickens were oracles that could predict the future. These prophetic birds were the proud owners of sacred collarbones. When a chicken was killed, the collarbone would be left to dry in the sun and then the Etruscan people would hold the unbroken bone and wish for good luck. Hence, the "wishbone".
The Romans took this superstition one step farther when they began breaking the bone during the wishing process because they started fighting (no surprise there) over the unbroken bones seeking good fortune. This led to the modern day tradition of breaking the wishbone between 2 people - whoever ends up with the larger piece of bone is declared the winner and gets their wish. Sayings like "I never get a break" and "I need a lucky break" can be traced back to this tradition. If you're a history buff like me, you can read more about it here and here.
Regardless of whether you win or lose, wishbones are now generally regarded as lucky charms and are symbolic of a traditional Thanksgiving. Here are two cute ways to fit the wishbone into your Thanksgiving decor:
I will post another fun table decor idea tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you cherish all of your own family/friend traditions this year!