In this little box I will lay
The little tooth I lost today
Please, dear fairy, as I sleep
Leave me a special treat &
My tooth will be yours to keep.
Out of curiosity, I looked up the tooth fairy online and came across some really fascinating traditions related to falling out of the milk teeth. Here are a few, dating back to thousands of years:
- Teeth placed in a mouse hole
- Teeth put inside a tree
- Teeth thrown into a fire
- Teeth thrown backward between the legs
According to early European tradition, it was believed that when a child’s tooth fell out, one needed to bury it in order to do away with hardships the child must face in her next life. However, in recent times, the legend of the tooth fairy was born. In several North European countries, when a kid’s sixth milk tooth fell out, she was rewarded with a present.
In our case, we have been following the tradition of a gift from the time Sarah’s first tooth fell out. The first time she got a little rainbow bracelet, the second time a small racing car and this third time a fancy toothbrush modeled on her favorite Disney character from Frozen, Elsa.
I’ve already started thinking up of goodies for the near future, since I feel several teeth are on their way out in pretty quick succession!