Saint Barbara’s Day, December 4th, is known in this part of the world as the day to venture out into the garden with the gardening shears…
Cut a young branch of a fruit or nut tree or Forsythia and bring it into the house. (I cut several smaller pieces of Forsythia and two small hazelnut branches).
Put it in lukewarm water for a few hours, then in a vase of fresh water. Place in a cool but light spot, change the water every few days, and it should flower on Christmas Eve. It is also said to bring good luck to the house for the new year!
Do you have this tradition in your part of the world?