So many people enjoyed the last blog about the possible origins of the Red Doors so popular right now, I decided to forward this info on another practice; burying a St. Joseph in the yard of a home up for sale. Here's what my friend and client Deane emailed me:
Origins: Those trying to sell a home often feel in need of a miracle when a quick sale fails to materialize. Folklore purports to have the remedy: Bury a plastic
in the yard, and a successful closing won't be long in the offing. Realtors across the nation swear by this.
Joseph, Jesus' earthly father, is the patron saint of home and family in the Roman Catholic religion. According to one of the hottest new customs, the statues are buried upside down and facing the road in front of a house for sale.1
- Upside down, near the 'For Sale' sign in the front yard. (An upside down
St. Josephis said to work extra hard to get out of the ground and onto someone's mantle.)
- Right side up.
- In the rear yard, possibly in a flower bed.
- Lying on its back and pointing towards the house "like an arrow."
- Three feet from the rear of the house.
- Facing the house.
- Facing away from the house. (One who tried this reported the house across the street sold, and it hadn't even been up for sale.)
- Exactly 12 inches deep.