How many of you have ever heard of getting your nose buttered on your birthday? When I was growing up in the Floyd/Patrick/Carroll counties area of Virginia, it was traditional to attempt to sneak up on the birthday person and smear butter on their nose. Even our teachers in elementary school would get in on the action, going to the cafeteria and getting the butter.
I just assumed that this was a common practice until several years ago, when I mentioned something about it to a co-worker here in Roanoke. They looked at me like I was insane! Then, I started asking everyone that I knew here if they had ever heard of this tradition. No one had. Then, I asked my husband if he had ever heard of it. He grew up in Scott County, Virginia. While he had not heard of that tradition, they would get soot from the chimney and smear it on the birthday person's nose.
Have you ever heard of this tradition or something similar? Please leave a comment if you have.