Etiquette & superstition: celery


It’s December 5th, and I’m still full from Thanksgiving. Will I die if I just eat celery between now and Christmas? Yeah, I’ll probably die if I do that. I might also get all roid-ragey too. Never mind.

ETIQUETTE: I think I have a new tagline for celery (Celery Advisory Board: contact me!). “Celery – because eating ranch dip with a spoon is frowned upon.” Okay, maybe that tagline needs some tightening up.

If you are hosting a party where crudites are going to be served and want to avoid people double-dipping (but why do you invite people like this to your party in the first place? Oh, never mind), just make sure your celery sticks and carrots are sliced into small portions. There’s no need to resort to the public-shaming tactic of placing the dip in the middle of the room so everyone can point and mock the double-dipper, unless you don’t have any other form of entertainment planned.

SUPERSTITION: Celery was used to decorate the final resting places of the dead in ancient Greek and Rome, and thus was considered by some to be an omen of death. The Amish use a lot of celery in their wedding celebrations. I don’t know if that is some sort of Amish joke or not. Anyway, If you are hung over and feeling like death warmed over, you should make a wreath out of celery leaves and put it on. You’ll feel better in no time, and you’ll also look like an ancient Greek athlete.

According to Catholics spreading the good word in China about 100 years ago, Chinese parents used to send a small child off to the very first day of school with a stick of celery in his hand and a veil over his head. Celery was not a symbol of death in this case, but of hard work. The veil protected the child from evil spirits.

Photo by Curt on Flickr

 

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