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KRIS KRINGLE

ONE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS, MEMBERS OF A FAMILY DRAW ONE ANOTHER'S
NAMES FROM A HAT. DURING THE NEXT WEEK, YOU ARE THE KRIS KRINGLE
TO THE PERSON WHOSE NAME YOU DREW BY SECRETLY DOING FAVORS FOR HIM.
ON CHRISTMAS DAY ALL THE PEOPLE REVEAL WHOSE NAMES THEY DREW.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: 00001972 (CHRISTMAS)

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RITUAL IN HONOR OF THE FEAST DAY OF ST. LUCY-- AN ITALIAN WAY
OF WORSHIPING THIS SAINT IS TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE A
SALAD WHICH IS MADE OUT OF WHEAT AND ITALIAN MOLASSES (MILD, NOT
THICK), AND CHI CHI BEANS. EVERYONE SHOULD EAT THIS AND THIS RITUAL
GIVES STRENGTH FOR YOUR EYES.

Data entry tech comment: ST. LUCY'S DAY: DECEMBER 13.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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THIS CUSTOM WAS FOLLOWED THROUGH THE GENERATIONS IN HIS FAMILY
ON ST. LUCY'S DAY WHICH FALLS ON DECEMBER 13. WHEN COOKING
ANY MEAL THAT DAY, OR IN EATING ANY MEAL THAT DAY, NOTHING CAN BE
MADE OR EATEN OUT OF FLOWER ( FLOUR ). IF MADE OR EATEN, IT IS A
SIGN THAT YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-27-1971

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RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL

ON SAINT LUCIA'S FEAST DAY (DECEMBER 13) THE PRIEST BLESSES YOUR
EYES USING A CANDLE PLACED OVER YOUR EYES. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO
PROTECT YOUR EYES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-18-1971

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ST LUCY'S DAY - PATRON OF THE EYES

A PROMISE IS MADE BY ANYONE WHO WISHES TO SACRIFICE THEMSELVES BY
NOT EATING ANYTHING MADE WITH FLOUR - SO THE SUBSTITUTION IS MADE
BY SERVING RICE, POTATOES AND WHEAT MADE INTO FOODS WHICH WILL TAKE
THE PLACE OF BREAD.
THE SACRIFICE IS NOT FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT, BUT FOR SOMEONE THEY
MAY KNOW WHO MAY HAVE TROUBLE WITH THEIR EYES OR EVEN FOR THE
WHOLE CLAN TO PROTECT THEIR EYES FROM ANY HARM. CUSTOMS ORIGINATE,
AS ONE KNOWS, FROM THE ANCIENT BELIEFS THAT SOMEONE WAS HELPED BY A
PERSON'S SACRIFICE AND OF COURSE THE WORD TRAVELED AROUND THE
COUNTRYSIDE AND THE CUSTOM BEGAN. AS WITH ALL CUSTOMS, THEY HAVE
BECOME ALMOST EXTINCT IN PRESENT-DAY ITALY. CELEBRATED DECEMBER 13TH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-31-1971

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EYE PROTECTION

MANY ITALIAN PEOPLE DON'T EAT WHEAT PRODUCTS ON ST. LUCY'S FEAST
DAY. THEY DO THIS SO THAT THEY WILL ALWAYS HAVE PROTECTION FOR
THEIR EYES FROM ST. LUCY. THEY CAN PREVENT EYE SICKNESS. THE
DATE FALLS ON THE 13TH OF DECEMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
Food Drink -- Plant food
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-20-1968

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NO BREAD

ON DEC. 13 ST. LUCY'S DAY THE PEOPLE OF ITALY DO NOT EAT ANYTHING
MADE FROM DOUGH, SUCH AS BREAD OR CAKES. THEY EAT WHOLE GRAIN.
DEC. 13 IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION IN ITALY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
Food Drink -- Plant food

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CHRISTMAS PREDICTION

THE TWELVE DAYS BEFORE X-MAS THE WAY YOU ACT THESE DAYS REFLECTS THE
WAY YOU WILL ACT THE NEXT YEAR.

Where learned: HOME ; DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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MEXICAN CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS

IN MEXICO, THE NINE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS--STARTING THE 16TH OF
DECEMBER, ARE POSATAS DAYS. THERE IS A PARTY EACH DAY, AND A
PROGRESSIVE RE-ENACTMENT OF THE NATIVITY. IT ENDS ON CHRISTMAS EVE
WHEN THE CHRIST CHILD IS PLACED IN THE MANGER, WITHIN WHICH ARE ALL
THE NATIVITY FIGURES EXCEPT THE MAGI. THEY ARE PLACED AFTER
MIDNIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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MASS OF THE ROOSTER

NINE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN THE PHILIPPINES THERE IS SELLING OF
CAKES ON THE STREETS. THEN, ON CHRISTMAS EVE THE FAMILY HAS A BIG
DINNER LIKE OUR THANKSGIVING DINNER. AT 4 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING
THE PEOPLE GO TO THE MASS OF THE ROOSTER WHICH IS MASS AT 4:00 IN
THE MORNING. AFTER MASS THERE ARE TRUCKS WHICH HAVE BANDS ON THEM
AND PLAY CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR THE PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Church

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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TEN DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS A RIBBON IS MADE WITH TEN PIECES OF CANDY
ATTACHED TO IT. A POEM IS MADE UP ABOUT HOW EACH DAY YOU TAKE A PIECE
OF CANDY AND WHEN THE LAST ONE IS EATEN IT'S CHRISTMAS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS USUALLY DONE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN TO ADD TO THE EXCITEMENT OF
CHRISTMAS AND THE ARRIVAL OF GIFT-GIVING DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Port Sanilac

Subject headings: 645 September 23 Equinox to December 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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ST. LUCIA DAY--DECEMBER 13

EATING, THE WATER IN WHICH THE WHEAT WAS COOLED WAS RUBBED ON EACH
FAMILY MEMBER'S EYES. IT SIGNIFIED THAT SAINT LUCY WOULD SAVE
THEIR EYES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 10-00-1982

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ON ST. LUCY'S FEAST, PEOPLE IN SICILY MAKE A CRACKED
WHEAT CEREAL THAT THEY EAT THE WHOLE DAY, NOTHING
ELSE IS ALLOWED. THIS WAS A FASTING RULE TO HONOR
ST. LUCY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT WAS ALWAYS GIVEN THIS ON ST. LUCY'S
DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LANSING-REILLY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

Date learned: 10-06-1970

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