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Saturday, May 13, 2017

#HappyMothersDay: Why the stork brings babies

From Wikimedia:
According to European folklore, the stork is responsible for bringing babies to new parents. The legend is very ancient, but was popularized by a 19th-century Hans Christian Andersen. German folklore held that storks found babies in caves or marshes and brought them to households in a basket on their backs or held in their beaks. These caves contained "stork stones". The babies would then be given to the mother or dropped down the chimney. Households would notify when they wanted children by placing sweets for the stork on the window sill. From there the folklore has spread around the world.

In many cultures, storks represent fertility, springtime and good luck.
- In Roman times, if a stork built a nest on your roof, it was seen as a blessing and a promise of never-ending love from Venus. (Aristotle went as far as to make killing storks a crime.)  
- Storks are considered harbingers of good fortune. In Germany, they are known as “adebar,” meaning “luck-bringer.”
- Although they originally nested in trees, storks easily adapted to nesting on rooftops and chimneys.
In the Netherlands, a stork nesting on one’s roof is viewed as a good omen for the family who lives there. Easy access to chimneys makes the perfect passageway for both Santa and babies. 

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