Passing a young child through the branches of this tree has traditionally thought to encourage good health and a long life for the child.
A rather sad Swiss story is told about a number of dwarfs who used to sit on the branch of a Maple tree watching the haymaking. One night those with nothing better to do decided to cut through the branch making it dangerous to sit upon. When the dwarves next came to sit on the branch they fell to the floor. The people laughed at them and said:
‘O how is heaven so high
And perfidy so great!
Here to-day and never more!’
Needless to say the dwarves never returned to the place.
In order to avoid the eggs of the stork being disturbed by a bat or even being killed whilst still in their shells, according to Alsatian folklore, placing branches of the Maple would ensure protection against the bat. In fact planting a branch of the Maple tree in a house was said to ensure that bats will not dare to enter.