National Tooth Fairy Day today (August 22nd)

United States
August 22, 2008 5:58am CST
National Tooth Fairy Day celebrates one of childhood's favorite visitors. The Tooth Fairy is an American tradition with European and superstitious roots. Losing baby teeth is a sometimes traumatic experience for young children. Enter the world of the friendly, smiling and soothing Tooth Fairy. As a young child's first baby tooth becomes lose, the child often fears losing it. The promise of a visit from the tooth fairy and a gift, turns the occasion into something to look forward to. When the tooth finally falls out, mom cleans it off. It is often put it into a "tooth box". At bedtime, the child puts the tooth under his pillow. The tooth fairy comes after the child falls asleep. She takes the tooth and leaves a small gift, usually money. The tooth fairy leaves a gift every time the child loses a tooth. Never fear: If the tooth is literally lost in some way, don't worry. The Tooth Fairy always knows, and will still leave a gift. She magically knows each time a baby tooth falls out, and will arrive that night , even if the child is away at grandmas, or on vacation. Male or female? There is ongoing debate whether the the Tooth Fairy is a male or a female. But, it's pretty obvious. "She" is most definitely a female. But why oh why in The Santa Claus movies by Disney did they make the toothfairy a man? This has caused much debate in our family. Origin of National Tooth Fairy Day: The tooth fairy dates back hundreds of years, probably to at least medievil times. But the tooth fairy was not found in the encyclopedia. What do you live for child or children from the toothfairy? We leave money. A friend of my youngest daughter's receives small gifts.
3 responses
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
22 Aug 08
Hey there. Ah yes, the Tooth Fairy. I remember her. She usually left 25 cents for me. For my son, she left 50 cents and even a dollar sometimes. I guess his teeth were just worth more than mine. I've often wondered what the Tooth Fairy does with all those teeth. I mean, where ARE they? When you find that out, kimbers867, please let me know.
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• United States
22 Aug 08
My 7 year old wants an answer to that question now. We did have a book about the tooth fairy, but I can't put my fingers on it to figure out if it explained what she did with them or not. Are you water logged yet?
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• United States
22 Aug 08
Well, luckily, we aren't flooding or anything like that like some of the other FL counties, but we got another 1 1/2 inches or so of rain today. It was really coming down and that was just from the outer rain bands of Fay. I had to drain about 3 inches or so of water out of the pool today, it was so full. The sun just came out about 10 minutes ago and it was a welcome sight. We are spoiled down here with all the sunshine, so when we go a few days with cloud cover, it's very unusual.
• United States
22 Aug 08
When I was a kid I liked visits from the Tooth Fairy and Santa and all the other characters that kids see visits from. I used to get money from the Tooth Fairy. My first tooth saw a few dollars but the more teeth I lost, the more money I seemed to get. I got a few $10's and I think a $20 once.
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• United States
22 Aug 08
Woo Hoo! Your Tooth Fairy was rich! Good for you. Thanks for the response.
@Wizzywig (7858)
22 Aug 08
I used to get 6d (pre-decimal pence). Its been many years since the tooth fairy visited our house and, I rather hope she doesnt visit me ever again! I am very careful not to sleep with my head under the pillow incase she sneaks in and takes them all .... I'm not ready to have a set in a glass by the bed just yet.
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22 Aug 08
Too funny Wizzywig! Last Christmas we had the tooth fairy visit us three times in 5 days, for one mouth!!! I told my daughter that the tooth fairy was probably not wanting to visit us again anymore until summer and that is when she did. I liked your last comment. It reminded me of when DH had to have his all his top teeth pulled, he had a partial but it was time for the rest to go. My youngest asked him, if he was going to put his teeth under his pillow because he would probably get a $100 for all the teeth he had pulled. Thanks for the response.