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CHRISTMAS EVE CUSTOM

PUTTING A PILE OF STRAW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TABLE, THEN THE MAIN
COURSES OF FOOD (IN LARGE BOWLS) ARE PLACED ON THE STRAW. IF THE
STRAW STICKS TO THE BOWL, THEN THAT PARTICULAR FOOD WILL BE
PLENTIFUL THE COMING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.2
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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Custom: Holiday

ON CHRISTMAS EVE EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY LIGHTS A BAYBERRY
CANDLE AND THEN MAKES A WISH. IF THE CANDLES ARE ALLOWED TO
BURN TO THE ENDS THEN THE WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A CUSTOM CARRIED OUT IN THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY FOR
SEVERAL GENERATIONS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs added / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Bayberry ; Candle ; CUSTOM ; FAMILY ; Herb ; holiday ; PLANT ; RELIGION ; RELIGIOUS ; SYMBOL ; WISH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.2
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE SOME PEOPLE LIGHT A BAYBERRY CANDLE AND IF IT BURNS
TO THE END WITHOUT BEING EXTINGUISHED IT IS SAID TO BRING GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES THIS EVERY CHRISTMAS EVE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-15-1972

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SUPERSTITION

BURN A BAYBERRY CANDLE ON CHRISTMAS AND IF THE FLAME BURNS BRIGHT
AND THE LIGHT SHINES CLEAR, THEN YOU WILL BE BLESSED ALL YEAR.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; LINCOLNSHIRE

Keyword(s): LUCK

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

Date learned: 03-14-1971

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ENGLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

LIGHT A BAYBERRY CANDLE ON CHRISTMAS MORNING; LET THE CANDLE BURN
ITSELF OUT. NEVER PUT THE CANDLE OUT BECAUSE THIS ACTION WILL
SPOIL ONE'S GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FOR

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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A CUSTOM PERFORMED BY MY GRANDPARENTS WAS THIS:
ON CHRISTMAS EVE THEY WOULD COVER THE DINNER TABLE WITH HAY.
THEY WOULD HAVE 7 OR 9 DISHES OF FOOD TO EAT. THERE COULD NEVER BE
AN EVEN NUMBER OF DISHES OF FOOD. AFTER THEY ATE THEY
WOULD LEAVE EVERTHING ON THE TABLE UNTIL THE NEXT DAY. THEN
THEY WOULD PICK UP THE HAY AND FEED IT TO THE CATTLE IN
THE BARN. NEXT THEY WOULD LOOK FOR ANY GRAIN THAT MAY HAVE
BEEN LEFT ON THE TABLE. THESE SEEDS SOMETIMES BECOME MIXED WITH
THE HAY. IF THERE WERE SOME GRAIN SEEDS FOUND ON THE TABLE THE
GRAIN CROP FOR THE NEXT YEAR WOULD BE GOOD.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FOOD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.2
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 11-15-1969

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CHRISTMAS

IN UKRAINE, IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF THE BARN CATS AND MICE ARE FED ON
CHRISTMAS EVE, THEY WILL DAMAGE NO PROPERTY FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM PARENTS IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Feeding animals, spirits of trees

Date learned: 11-17-1967

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CHRISTMAS PREDICTION

IN UKRAINE ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE HOUSEWIFE TAKES A CHICKEN INTO THE
HALLWAY OF THE HOUSE, PUTS GRAIN INSIDE OF A METAL BARREL-BAND, AND
LETS THE CHICKEN EAT. (THIS SIGNIFIES THAT THE CHICKENS WILL NOT
RUN AWAY ALL YEAR).

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Feeding animals, spirits of trees

Date learned: 11-17-1967

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UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IN UKRAINE ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE FATHER OF THE HOUSEHOLD STOOD AT
THE DOOR STEP WITH A LOAF OF BREAD IN ONE HAND AND AN AXE IN THE
OTHER. THEN HE INVITED ALL EVIL SPIRITS, WILD ANIMALS, AND STORMS
TO CELEBRATE WITH HIM. IF THEY DIDN'T COME THEN, THEY WOULDN'T FOR
THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM RELATIVES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Feeding animals, spirits of trees

Date learned: 11-19-1967

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ON XMAS EVE, A DISH CALLED "KUTYA" IS SERVED TO MEMBERS OF THE
FAMILY. THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY TAKES A SPOONFUL AND TOSSES IT OVER
HIS BACK TOWARDS THE CEILING AND IF IT STICKS, GOOD LUCK RESULTS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A UKRAINIAN CUSTOM

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Single dishes

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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CHRISTMAS EVE SIGN OF GOOD LUCK

THE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD TAKES A SPOONFUL OF ONE OF 12 DIFFERENT
KINDS OF FOODS SERVED FOR THE CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL, KUTYA, (MADE OF
BARLEY AND POPPYSEED, SEASONED WITH HONEY) AND THROWS IT UP. IT IS A
SIGN OF GOOD LUCK IF THE KUTYA STICKS TO THE CEILING, AND A SIGN OF
BAD LUCK, IF IT DOES NOT STICK.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A UKRAINIAN CUSTOM

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Menus

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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CUSTOM--FESTIVAL

IN UKRAINE, DURING SUPPER ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD
FILLS A SPOON WITH "KUTYA" (BOILED WHEAT WITH HONEY AND POPPY SEEDS),
AND FLINGS IT AT THE CEILING. THE NUMBER OF GRAINS WHICH STICK TO
THE CEILING WILL EQUAL THAT OF BAILS (BALES) OF WHEAT COLLECTED
DURING THE NEXT HARVEST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECIEVED INFORMATION FROM RELATIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Single dishes
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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CHRISTMAS

ON CHRISTMAS EVE TAKE WHEAT STALKS AND THROW THEM AT THE PICTURES ON
THE WALL. THE MORE THAT STICK TO THE WALL, THE MORE PLENTIFUL THE
CROP WOULD BE.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): PREDICTION

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

Date learned: 03-11-1970

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CUSTOM FESTIVAL

IN UKRAINE, AFTER SUPPER ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE YOUNG GIRL IN THE
FAMILY GOES OUTSIDE AND HITS TWO SPOONS TOGETHER. FROM WHICHEVER
DIRECTION A DOG BARKS FIRST THE HUSBAND TO BE OF THE GIRL WILL COME.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECIEVED INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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UKRAINIAN TRADITION

ON CHRISTMAS EVE AFTER DINNER THE SINGLE GIRLS OF THE HOUSEHOLD AND
SINGLE GIRL GUESTS WOULD TAKE THEIR EATING UTENSILS, KNIFES (KNIVES)
AND FORKS, ONE AT A TIME AND GO OUT THE BACK ENTRANCE, RATTLE THE
UNTENSILS TOGETHER AND THE THEN WAIT FOR THE FIRST SOUND; SUCH AS A
DOG BARKING, CAR, OR HORSE. THE DIRECTION FROM WHICH THE FIRST SOUND
CAME WAS THE DIRECTION FROM WHICH THE GIRL'S FUTURE HUSBAND RESIDED.
FAMILY CUSTOM.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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AFTER THE CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER, UKRAINIAN UNMARRIED GIRLS TAKE SPOONS
AND HIT THEM TOGETHER OUTDOORS. FROM WHICHEVER SIDE A DOG BARKS
FIRST, FROM THENCE HER FUTURE HUSBAND WILL COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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TRADITION

AFTER CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER A YOUNG LADY WOULD GO OUTSIDE AND
"YODEL-YOO-HOO." WHERE THE DOG ANSWERED WITH A BARK SHE WOULD BE A
DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AT THAT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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TRADITION

AT THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER WE HAD PRUNE FILLED DUMPLINGS
CALLED "PEROGI". A FEW PIECES WERE PUT ASIDE UNFILLED. INTO THESE
A NAME ON A SLIP OF PAPER OF SINGLE FELLOWS WAS SEALED IN. THEY
WERE PUT INTO BOILING WATER AND THE DUMPLING THAT CAME TO THE TOP
FIRST WAS OPENED. THE GIRL WOULD MARRY THE YOUNG MAN WHOSE NAME WAS
IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; MARRIAGE PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Single dishes

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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CHRISTMAS BELIEF

YOUNG GIRLS SHOULD WASH THEIR FACES WITH SILVER DOLLARS ON CHRISTMAS
EVE SO THEY WILL HAVE BEAUTIFUL COMPLEXIONS.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; WASHING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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CHRISTMAS EVE SNEEZE

IF YOU SNEEZE ON CHRISTMAS EVE YOU'LL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions

Date learned: 11-13-1969

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