Crossing your fingers for good luck - whats that all about?
Crossing your fingers is used to wish yourself good luck or ward off evil. It has derived from the thought that using the cross shape would conjure up prote...ction of the Christian cross. Children also cross their fingers when telling lies in hope that they will not be caught out and protection again any repercussion.(I have seen my own children do this often!!! However be warned - the fingers need to be on the same hand and look like a slanted cross - if you used fingers from each hand to make a cross sign this would be bad luck. Also crossing silverware to make a cross is also considered bad luck.
There is no evidence of this ritual before the late 19th century and this is only common in the UK, Ireland and North America. Wonder why that is???