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Wishbone Charms

Have you ever fought with a brother or sister over who would "break the wishbone" first? Actually, this old folk custom is still very much alive today, and is said to date back several centuries. In Old England, is was a custom to save the breast or "wishbone" of a holiday fowl such as a chicken or goose, and to dry it until it became hard and brittle. Then, two children would get to pull at opposite ends of the bone while making a wish. The one whose piece came out the largest was supposed to have his or her wish come true – hence the name "wishbone".

Wishbone charms and amulets began to appear frequently during the 18th Century, and were made of many types of metal, ranging from pewter to gold. It was often customary to wear a combination of several good luck charms, including the horseshoe and rabbit's foot.

The symbol of the wishbone became popular during Christmas time and was often illustrated on holiday greeting cards, along with holly sprigs and mistletoe branches.

Wishbones like other lucky charms as horseshoes and clover leafs became the objects of folk charms that were worn to bring good luck. Nowadays, it is possible to buy these charms at jewelry stores and shops selling charms and amulets to bring good luck. Although is usual to wear a single wishbone charm suspended by a chain on the neck, wearing earrings in the shape of wishbones is also popular. In addition to finding these charms in stores, they are also available through internet web stores.