Thank You > Symbols
During the depression, hobos had a secret way of letting others know where they could find nourishment. They carved the face of a smiling cat on a fence post outside of homes where they had been fed. This meant a kind and generous person lived inside.
Candles, Cake & Wine
In Portugal, it used to be customary to have an "open house" from Christmas until New Year's Day. During this period, every window in the house flickered with candlelight as a sign of welcome to all passers-by. Each visitor was treated to a small cake and some wine.
Christian symbol of steadfastness, hope and salvation.