Many people have heard the saying “the luck of the Irish.” However, not as many people are aware of another lucky bunch: the chimney sweeps of the world. If you’ve seen the movie Mary Poppins at any point in your life, you may at least remember the chorus of the song “Chim Chim Cher-Ee”:
Chim, chim, cher-ee.
A sweep is as lucky,
As lucky can be.
Chim, chim, cher-oo.
Good luck will rub off when
I shakes hands with you.
Or blow me a kiss
And that’s lucky, too.
Many of you may find that you’re able to sing right along with that song, even if you might not have paid much attention to the words you were singing before now.
THE LEGEND IS BORN…TWICE
During the 1700s, King George was riding in a procession when a wild animal emerged from the crowd and began barking and snarling. This dog startled the horse upon which the King was riding so severely that it began to buck wildly, causing the King to lose control of the halter. As the horse continued bucking and jumping, a chimney sweep came forward from the crowd of onlookers and caught the halter, eventually calming the wild horse and saving the King from serious injury and/or death. The King was said to have declared that, from that point forward, chimney sweeps were lucky; the custom of regarding sweeps as sources of luck rapidly spread throughout Europe thenceforth.
LEGENDS SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE
As mentioned previously, the legend of the chimney sweep quickly spread across Europe and slowly made its way across the proverbial pond when many Europeans immigrated here thereafter. In Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the surrounding regions, the chimney sweep is considered a particularly favorable omen of good luck if you meet with him on New Year’s Day. As the years went on and chimney sweeps became quite rare in the area, meeting one at any time of the year began to be considered lucky.
BRIDES LOVE US
Legend has it that in 1066, King William was rescued by a chimney sweep who pushed him out of the way of a runaway carriage. The King was so overwhelmed by this act that he invited the sweep to his daughter’s wedding to express his gratitude and declared sweeps to be lucky, thereby permitting them to wear top hats, which, to that point, were typically reserved only for the distinguished class. From that point forward, the presence of a chimney sweep at a wedding has been a sign of good luck. Brides are thought to have an especially lucky marriage if kissed on the cheek by a chimney sweep on the day of their wedding. Inviting chimney sweeps to wedding is still popular in Great Britain and Germany today; some sweeps even encourage these invitations by renting themselves out as wedding guests!
Whether you choose to believe these legends or not, the fact of the matter is that visits from chimney sweeps are lucky and will instill good fortune into your home for the coming year. How can we make this claim? The answer is simple: we provide for the safety of everyone who enters your home by ensuring that your chimney system is operating at peak levels when you need it most. To schedule your visit from the good luck fairy, give the professionals at A to Z Chimney Services a call today. Let our good luck rub off on you, too!