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SLICE OF BREAD

AT THE BEGINNING OF A POLISH, CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER, EVERYONE
IS GIVEN ONE PIECE OF BREAD. THIS ONE SLICE MUST LAST THEM
FOR THE ENTIRE MEAL.
IT IS BAD LUCK TO CONSUME THE BREAD BEFORE THE MEAL HAS BEEN
COMPLETED; YOU WILL GO HUNGARY (HUNGRY) OR NOT FULFILL SOME
DESIRE DURING THE COMING YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; FOOD CUSTOM ; holiday ; LUCK ; POLISH ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.2

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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BLOOD SAUSAGE

IN RURAL BULGARIA, AFTER A LOG HAS BEEN PLACED IN THE LARGE FIREPLACE
THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS THE MAKING OF BLOOD SAUSAGE IS BEGUN. A
PIG IS SLAUGHTERED AND SAUSAGE IS MADE FROM ITS BLOOD NO LATER
THAN 12:00 MIDNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY. THE SAUSAGE CANNOT
BE EATEN BEFORE MIDNIGHT, BUT AFTER THIS EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE
FEASTS.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS CUSTOM IN BULGARIA.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: HENDRICKSONS PHARMACY ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BLOOD ; Bulgaria ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; holiday ; Pig ; Sausage ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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CHRISTMAS FOOD

ON CHRISTMAS EVE THE ITALIANS EAT SQUID.

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Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; holiday ; Italian ; Squid

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 11-17-1968

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EATING CUSTOM

ALWAYS HAVE OYSTER STEW ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Oyster ; Stew ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 09-24-1969

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

SOME SICILIANS SERVE CODFISH WITH TOMATO SAUCE ON CHRISTMAS EVE
(DEC. 24). THE FAMILY CELEBRATES THIS OCCASION TOGETHER.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY PRACTICE THIS CUSTOM EVERY YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; Cod ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; Italian ; Sicilian ; Tomato ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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YULE CAKE

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THEY ALL PARTAKE OF A YULE CAKE WHICH IS SPECIALLY
MADE FOR THE OCCASION. THEY BELIEVE THAT THIS WILL BRING THEM
GOOD LUCK FOR THE COMING YEAR.

Submitter comment:

TONY TELLS ME OF A TRADITION PRACTICED BY THE FAMILY OF ONE OF HIS
FRIENDS IN PITTSBURG.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cake ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; LUCK ; tradition ; Yule

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4

Date learned: 11-19-1968

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT IS TRADITIONAL IN STEVE'S FAMILY TO HAVE CHILI ON RICE FOR
CHRISTMAS EVE.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Chili ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; Rice ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 10-28-1968

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT IS TRADITIONAL IN MIKE'S FAMILY TO HAVE POTATO CAKES AND
OYSTER STEW ON CHRISTMAS EVE. THIS TRADITION HAS COME DOWN FROM
HIS FATHER'S MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cake ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Oyster ; POTATO ; Stew ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 10-28-1968

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IRISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE IT IS AN IRISH CUSTOM TO EAT OYSTER STEW AN (ON)
POTATO CAKES AS A SPECIAL TREAT.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Cake ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; Irish ; Oyster ; POTATO ; Stew ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE A GERMAN CUSTOM IS TO EAT WINE SOUP WITH
PUMPERNICKEL IN IT.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIBRARY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; GERMAN ; Pumpernickel ; Soup ; Stew ; tradition ; Wine

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 03-04-1971

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CHRISTMAS

AT SUPPER ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE MOTHER PUTS TWO LOAVES OF BREAD
ON BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE WITH A CANDLE STUCK IN EACH LOAF.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM PARENTS.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; holiday ; Table Setting ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

Date learned: 11-19-1967

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KITTENS' PAWS

THIS MEATLESS DISH IS TRADITIONALLY SERVED ON CHRISTMAS EVE
WHICH IN THE PAST WAS A DAY OF TOTAL ABSTINANCE (ABSTINENCE).
A FILLING OF CHEESE, CHOPPED SPINACH AND SPICES IS ROLLED IN SQUARES
OF PASTRY. THE ENDS OF THESE ROLLS ARE PINCHED CLOSE IN SUCH A
FASHION AS TO RESEMBLE KITTENS' PAWS. THEY ARE THEN COOKED
IN A TOMATO SAUCE AND SERVED.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Vegetarian

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS

ON CHRISTMAS MORNING THE FAMILY HAD A FRUIT-FILLED COFFEE CAKE
AND PUT A CANDLE ON IT AND THEN THE FAMILY SANG HAPPY BIRTHDAY
DEAR JESUS.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS DONE BY THE INFORMANT FROM 1949 TO 1969

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Birthday ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; JESUS ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO EAT A CHICKEN ON CHRISTMAS BECAUSE A
CHICKEN PAWS THE GROUND BACKWARDS.

Submitter comment:

Therefore, harmonizing with the Christmas season, which leaves the year behind just as the chicken leaves the earth behind.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): Chicken ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.2

Date learned: 04-06-1972

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NEW ENGLAND FOOD

A TRADITION AT CHRISTMAS IS ALWAYS A MEAT PIE.

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Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; FOOD ; meat ; New England ; Pie ; Region ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 02-20-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

FRENCH CANADIANS EAT MINCE MEAT PIE ON CHRISTMAS BECAUSE IT IS AN
OLD, TRADITIONAL CUSTOM.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Canadian ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; FRENCH ; holiday ; meat ; Mincemeat ; Pie ; REGIONAL ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 03-30-1968

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FAMILY CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

EVERY CHRISTMAS WE HAVE PLUM PUDDING.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: HARPER WOODS ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; PLUM ; Pudding ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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TRADITIONAL POLISH CHRISTMAS CAKE

(A) FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, POPPY SEED IS GROUND FINE AND
MIXED WITH HONEY TO MAKE A SMOOTH PASTE. THIS IS PUT ON A
YEAST DOUGH AND ROLLED IN JELLY ROLL FASHION. THIS IS THE
DESERT FOR THE MAIN MEAL ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; Jelly Roll ; POLISH ; Poppyseed ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS FOOD CUSTOM (GREEK)

A PIG IS BOUGHT AND RAISED FOR A YEAR. IT IS KILLED CHRISTMAS
EVE AND DIFFERENT PARTS ARE USED TO MAKE DIFFERENT FOOD SUCH
AS LEG IS USED FOR SAUSAGE.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT COULDN'T REMEMBER OTHER DETAILS. THE FOOD IS EATEN
CHRISTMAS DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; Greek ; Pig ; Sausage ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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