cricket on the hearth

cricket on the hearth

A symbol of good luck and health. A cricket on the hearth has been a sign of household luck for millennia and in many cultures. Crickets were widely considered to bring good fortune as well as a kind of companionship. Representations of a cricket have long been included as a fireplace decoration. The expression “to find a cricket on the hearth is the luckiest thing of all” comes from Charles Dickens's novella, Cricket on the Hearth.
See also: cricket, hearth, on
References in classic literature ?
To have a Cricket on the Hearth, is the luckiest thing in all the world
Like his ever-popular A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens's The Cricket on the Hearth celebrates themes of forgiveness and redemption.
When things go well, the cricket on the hearth chirps; it is silent when there is sorrow.
In the happy home of John Peerybingle and his wife Dot, the cricket on the hearth chirps when all is well and is silent when unhappiness pervades.