Make a 100 wishes bay leaf garland or wreath this Christmas.
You will need:
A needle and strong thread, in any colour
Lots of bay leaves.
1. Tie a knot at the end of ta long piece of thread and run the needle through each leaf until you have gathered a large bunch.
2. Next, pull and tie the two ends together.
3.The garland can be tied to a door or placed on a table. Use the bay leaves over winter to cook with, write down your wishes, dreams and hopes and share them with your friends. Simple pleasures.
Taken from The Magpie & The Wardrobe: A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic & Spells by Sam McKechnie and Alexandrine Portelli (Pavilion Books)
Turn to page 43 of December's The Simple Things for more curios Christmas customs and folklore.