At some point we all believed in this little lady...but how did she come to be?

Growing up we all had icons that brought us gift, Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. In the past St. Nick and the Easter Bunny both had special days to call their own, but did you know that now the Tooth Fairy has her very own special day and it is today!

Before that sweet fairy was part of modern culture, there were a few other ways that a child's tooth was dealt with and it did not include placing it under a pillow. According to

Early norse and European traditions suggest that when a child lost a baby tooth, it was buried to spare the child from hardships in the next life.

Another way that earlier cultures handled a young ones recently lost tooth was that...

vikings used children’s teeth and other items from their children to bring them good luck in battle.

Other ways the tooth was deposed of was...

1) thrown into the sun.
(2) thrown into the fire.
(3) thrown backwards between the legs.
(4) thrown onto or over the roof of a dwelling.
(5) placed in a mouse hole.
(6) buried in the ground.
(7) hidden out of site of animals.
(8) put inside a tree or on the wall.
(9) swallowed by mother, the child or a pet.

Also one time long, long ago a little mouse would come and snap up the children's teeth. I think we are all happy that it's a fairy now rather then a rodent.

Now days we put it under our pillows and let the fairy bring a few coins to leave in exchange for the baby teeth. The average amount of change that the tooth fairy leaves is $3.70! When I was a kid we got a 50 cent piece, but I guess with inflation, that amount of money makes sense.


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