(PCM) Tooth Fairy Day was concocted as a way to pay homage to the delightful deity known as the Tooth Fairy who graciously leaves money or small presents under the pillows of those who have lost a tooth, particularly young children.
There is some debate as to whether the Tooth Fairy is celebrated in February or in August, however more signs point to Tooth Fairy Day being celebrated on February 28. The origins of the Tooth Fairy still remain a bit of a mystery, but he or she (the jury is still out as to whether or not the Tooth Fairy is male or female) has been referenced as far back as the Middle Ages. It is thought that the Tooth Fairy myth was conjured as a way to calm a frightened child after experiencing the strange sensation of losing a tooth.
The early Europeans buried children’s teeth so witches and evil spirits couldn’t use them for voodoo. The Vikings believed that children’s teeth had magical powers that could help them fight in battle. They would pay their children for their lost baby teeth and string them onto necklaces and other jewelry.
Over time, people began to share stories about a Tooth Mouse who scampers around town and steals children’s teeth in the middle of the night. The story of the mouse evolved into the story of the Tooth Fairy who leaves treasures under children’s pillows in exchange for their lost teeth.
There are several ways you can celebrate Tooth Fairy Day such as gathering up the family to enjoy a healthy snack and learn about dental health and wellness. Another is to get a bit crafty and help your kids created a DIY Tooth Fairy Pillow, instructions for a pretty neat one can be found here.