Friday, August 15, 2014

The red door

House with a red door

I like red doors. A red door adds class and seems to dress up what might otherwise be a plain-looking house. A red door draws your attention to the door and says, "Come see what other surprises await you."

What else does a red door say? Googling, as always, turns up a long list of possibilities:
  • In early America, a red door was a sign of welcome to passing travelers.
  • Some say a red door was a sign of a safe house on the Underground Railroad.
  • In China, many doors are painted with a fresh coat of red just before Chinese New Year to invite good luck and happiness.
  • In Ireland, a red door is supposed to ward off ghosts and evil spirits.
  • Old Catholic churches used red doors to remind parishioners of Christ’s blood and that it was a place free from evil.
  • In Scotland, homeowners would paint their front door red to signify that they had paid off their mortgage.
  • And my personal favorite — Albert Einstein painted his door red because he couldn't recognize his house without it.


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