It's conceivable that the tooth fairy tradition originated with the Norse peoples of Europe in the 10th century. A practice known as the "tand-fe" (translated as "tooth fee") is mentioned in the "Eddas," the earliest documented literature of Norse and Northern European traditions. These writings include myths, legends, and other information preserved for centuries by monks who were not present at the time these events took place.
The eddas tell of a gift given to children upon their birthdays or on other occasions such as when they have lost a tooth. This gift was composed of money or food items like cookies and candy. Sometimes a child would get several gifts on the same day since the tand-fe was given up to six months after a tooth was lost.
In the 14th century, another gift giving tradition called "Pixie Dust" began to appear in England. This dust was made from ground up corn grains mixed with hot wax and sugar then molded into small balls which were placed under the children's pillows at night. When you woke up in the morning, there would be a penny tucked into your bedding because of the pixie dust effect.
These are the only two examples of what might have started the tooth fairy tradition. It's possible that both of them appeared first and later combined together. What's certain is that they became popular among Europeans of the time and continue to be part of the belief system today.
As with other beliefs that have developed over time, the Tooth Fairy as we know it is a relatively recent phenomenon. The tand-fe, or tooth fee, custom arose in Europe for a child's first tooth, and the Vikings used their children's teeth and other goods to bring them good luck in battle. The word "tooth" came from this practice of giving money to one's children for their teeth.
In the 19th century, parents began forgetting to give their children money for their teeth after they received their own sets of teeth from dental surgeons. As a result, the idea of the fairy came into play. Parents believed that if they put coins under the pillow or in an Easter basket that contained eggs, then the tooth fairy would take them. Of course, today we know that babies' teeth are too small to hold any value so this practice was most likely done to make their children feel important by having them believe they were being given away!
The tradition took on a life of its own when writers and artists started including stories about the tooth fairy in their work. These days, many people think of the fairy when they hear about the tooth fairy because they remember seeing her in their children's books or movies.
However, there are many different versions of what happens after you lose a tooth. Some say that if you leave your tooth under the pillow, the fairies will come during the night and take it.
In medieval Europe, it was believed that if a witch obtained control of a person's teeth, she would have complete influence over them. The current embodiment of these customs in the form of a Tooth Fairy may be traced back to a 1908 "Household Hints" item in the Chicago Daily Tribune: Tooth Fairy. This article explained that if you put out some milk and cookies for your child, the tooth fairy will bring him or her some of their own teeth.
The story goes that if you leave money under a child's pillow, the tooth fairy will bring more of her own teeth. If you think this is silly, you're not alone. Most parents don't believe in the tooth fairy when they are kids. But they learn how important it is to be responsible for their children's actions. Thus, they don't leave cash under their children's pillows so they can feel cheated when the tooth fairy doesn't show up.
People all over the world have been leaving money under children's beds for hundreds of years. It is such a common practice that it has become a part of our culture.
So, why do we leave money under children's beds? In order to reward good behavior. We give the tooth fairy incentive to come back because we want her to keep doing so. Otherwise, she might start keeping coins instead!
There are several theories about the origin of the tooth fairy.
Children's teeth, in fact, were highly revered in Norse societies. In Scandinavia, warriors wore these teeth for good luck. They'd be made into necklaces and worn throughout combat. However, there is no record of a "fairy" being involved. Rather, the idea may have come from ancient cultures who believed that lost objects could be sent to heaven by means of an angel.
The contemporary tooth fairy originally appeared in a children's playlet written by Esther Watkins Arnold in 1927. While the mythology was relatively unknown in the 1920s and 1930s, it grew in popularity as Disney fairy figures became household names. Today, most children believe that the tooth fairy pays them a visit after they have slept.
In Europe, this figure is known as the "shining star" or "little angel." In Asia, she is called the "night pet" or "night fairy."
In some countries, such as Italy, France, and Germany, if you want your child to sleep without a bottle or pacifier before their first day at school, you have to tell them something shiny will come in the night. This will make them feel better about giving up their security items.
Other countries, such as Brazil and Russia, have a similar tradition but instead of using magic, they use religion. In Brazil, children who don't tell on the fairy are punished with lost teeth while in Russia, if you don't give your fairy money, he or she won't come by once a month anymore.
Finally, there is a Native American legend which tells us that the spirit of the deer (or other animal) takes care of our teeth after we die.
So, what is the significance of the tooth fairy leaving money beneath the pillow? The practice of trading a tooth for money began in Scandinavia. The Vikings rewarded youngsters for losing their teeth. Teeth were worn as good luck charms on necklaces during combat. When a person lost a tooth, they would take it out and place it under the pillow. If you woke up with a dollar in your hand, you'd know that the tooth fairy had been by that night.
In Europe, after World War II, this tradition started to catch on among children who did not have enough experience with war to understand the danger of wearing a tooth as a charm. As long as nobody knew that you had lost a tooth, it was safe to sleep with it under your pillow. However, once someone found it they might keep it as a souvenir or use it for jewelry making. This is why we recommend that you tell your children about the tooth fairy so they don't worry if they wake up with something missing. Also, make sure that they wear their teeth when they go out so they don't get hurt or tempted to do anything with their charms.
In America, the belief in the tooth fairy still exists but most parents don't leave any cash under their children's pillows. The reason behind this is because there has been a rise in crime related to drugs and prostitution. Children are often the targets of these crimes.