December 4th is the day of commemoration of Saint Barbara. Nevertheless, in rural and popular tradition, this is the day when women cut fruit tree branches and arrange them in a flower vase in their homes until Christmas.
This habit, however, hides a surprise: thanks to the warmth of the house, these sprouts should bloom right during the Holy Celebrations, bringing joy and happiness, and heralding a good harvest for the new year.
Did you know? In some regions, an oracle custom is very common: to each branch is assigned a name of an admirer. The branch who is blooming first, tells you the name of the future groom!
So romantic, don’t you think?
Fresh blooming branches are a nice colourful and natural home décor in dark winter time.
How to get your own? Cut some young branches (better with a sharp diagonal cut) from fruit or flower trees. You may choose cherry, peach, pear, apple or almond tree. Moreover, blackthorn, jasmine and calycanthus would add a charming scent to your composition. Soak completely the sprouts in a bowl with lukewarm water and wait next morning. Arrange the branches in a vase with fresh water and place in a warm room full of light. Remember to replace water every 3-4 days and eventually to mist water onto the sprouts.