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CHRISTMAS

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, HAY WAS PUT ON THE DINNER
TABLE AND THE CLOTH PUT OVER THE HAY. IN THE
HAY WAS PUT SOME COIN MONEY FOR EACH PERSON
SO THEY WOULD NOT BE BROKE IN THE COMING YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTOR'S HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 03-10-1970

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CHRISTMAS

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, FATHER OF HOUSEHOLD
MUST FEED ALL THE LIVESTOCK THE BEST
FOOD, BECAUSE IT IS BELIEVED THAT
THAT NIGHT LIVESTOCK CAN SPEAK, AND SO
MIGHT COMPLAIN TO GOD.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM PARENTS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 11-17-1967

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CHRISTMAS EVE CUSTOM, SPECIAL OR FESTIVE MEALS

AFTER THE CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL, THE SCRAPS OF FOOD ARE THROWN ON THE
FRUIT TREES. THEN A BRAID OF STRAW IS WRAPPED AROUND THE TREE
TO KEEP IT TOGETHER. IF YOU DO THIS, THE TREE WILL BEAR A LOT
OF FRUIT DURING THE SPRING.

Submitter comment:

MY FATHER'S FAMILY IN POLAND DID THIS AND IT WORKED.
THIS CUSTOM IS STILL PREVALENT IN POLAND TODAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant is collector's father.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 11-06-1971

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CHRISTMAS IN GREECE

AT CHRISTMAS, THE MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY ALL GATHER AT ONE HOUSE AND
ALL BRING A PIECE OF FRUIT. THEN ALL PUT THEIR FRUIT ON ONE TREE.
AT MIDNIGHT, THE BELLS OF THE CITY ARE RUNG IN ORDER TO DRIVE THE
EVIL SPIRITS INTO THE LAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DRIVING OUT EVIL SPIRITS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS, YOU WOULD HAVE TO JUMP OVER A BROOM
HANDLE BEFORE GETTING YOUR PRESENTS. IF YOU HADN'T BEEN
GOOD IN THE PAST YEAR, YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO IT.
IF YOU HAD BEEN GOOD YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO JUMP IT EASILY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT DID THIS AS A CHILD IN CINCINNATI, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Beliefs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 11-20-1970

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CHRISTMAS

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE MOTHER THROWS INCENSE ON BURNING CHARCOAL AND
THE FAMILY PRAYS. (PRAYER IS TO RISE LIKE THE FRAGRANT SMELL)

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT RECIEVED INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards

Date learned: 11-19-1967

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Christmas Bean Serving

IT IS A POLISH CUSTOM, DURING CHRISTMAS
EVE DINNER, FOR ALL THE CHILDREN TO SAVE
ONE SPOONFUL OF BEANS UNTIL THE END OF
THE BEAN SERVING. THEY TAKE THIS SPOON AND
GO TO THE BACKDOOR AND THROW THEM
OUTSIDE.

Submitter comment:

THE REASON IS TO SYMBOLICALLY OFFER
THE WOLF FOOD SO HE WILL NOT COME
TO THE DOOR DURING THE UPCOMING YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Feeding animals, spirits of trees

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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IRISH CHRISTMAS PRACTICE

THE CHRIST CHILD WANDERS AROUND ON CHRISTMAS EVE IN THE FORM OF A
POOR PERSON. THE HOMES HAVE A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW, FOOD ON THE TABLE
AND THE DOOR UNLOCKED, TO WELCOME THE ARRIVAL OF CHRIST.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE

Keyword(s): BELIEF

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Beliefs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Table setting and clearing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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TALKING ANIMALS

IF YOU GO INTO THE BARN ON CHRISTMAS EVE YOU WILL FIND THAT THE
ANIMALS CAN TALK, BUT IT WOULD HAVE TO BE AT MIDNIGHT.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A STORY THAT THE INFORMANT WOULD ALWAYS TELL ON CHRISTMAS
EVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CALUMET

Keyword(s): BELIEF

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

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EVERY CHRISTMAS EVE , AT EXACTLY 12 PM, THE ANIMALS OF THE WORLD TALK
TO EACH OTHER IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): BELIEF

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

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MAMMAL

ONLY ON CHRISTMAS EVE, IT'S BELIEVED THAT THE CATTLE TALK AMONG
THEMSELVES. THEY TLAK OF THE DAY, DURING THE NEW YEAR, WHEN THEY
WILL CART THE CASKET OF ONE OF THE HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS TO THE CEMETARY.

Submitter comment: OUR FATHER HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER DURING THE EARLY 1900'S. IT
WAS CONSIDERED TO BE AN OLD SAYING EVEN THEN. DURING THE 1800'S ONE
MAN DID DIE AND HIS CATTLE TOWED HIS BODY TO THE CEMETARY (THIS
COULD HAVE BEEN THE ORIGIN OF THIS SAYING).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT HOME

Keyword(s): BELIEF

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Beliefs

Date learned: 11-14-1971

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE THE BRIGHT STAR TO THE NORTH IS SHINING OVER THE
STABLE AT BETHLEHEM.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; BELIEF

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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CHRISTMAS

WHEN SITTING DOWN TO THE LAST SUPPER, IT IS CUSTOMARY TO BLOW AT
THE CHAIR FIRST (IN UKRAINE) TO WARD OFF SPIRITS AND THUS NOT SIT
ON THEM.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM PARENTS IN UKRAINE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: 686 686.1
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 11-19-1967

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GOOD LUCK AT THE CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER

IT IS GOOD LUCK TO SEAT AN ODD NUMBER OF PEOPLE FOR THE
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; holiday ; LUCK ; SUPERSTITION ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)

Date learned: 03-24-1970

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HOLIDAY-FOOD CUSTOM

AN OLD ITALIAN CUSTOM AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME IS THAT ON CHRISTMAS
EVE AFTER THE MEAL IS OVER, BREAD FROM THE MEAL IS LEFT ON THE
TABLE AND IS BELIEVED TO NEVER GO GREENMOLD FOR YEARS.

Submitter comment:

THIS WAS SEEN BY INFORMANT IN 1946.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Mold

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

Date learned: 11-28-1970

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CUSTOM FESTIVAL

IN UKRAINE, A PIECE OF GARLIC IS PLACED UNDER THE TABLECLOTH
ON EACH CORNER OF THE TABLE DURING SUPPER ON CHRISTMAS EVE. THIS
SERVES TO KEEP THE FAMILY FREE FROM ILLNESS FOR THE YEAR (NEXT).

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES IN UKRAINE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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

Date learned: 10-07-1967

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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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ON CHRISTMAS EVE WE ALWAYS ATE OUR BIG MEAL BY
SUNDOWN. ON THE TABLE WE ALWAYS HAD A WAFER. ABOUT THE SIZE OF A
DINNER PLATE. FATHER WOULD BREAK THE WAFER, DIP A PIECE IN
HONEY AND GIVE EACH ONE OF US A PIECE TO EAT, BEFORE OUR MEAL
STARTED. AT THE END OF THE MEAL MOTHER WOULD GIVE EACH OF US A
CLOVE OF GARLIC DIPPED IN HONEY TO EAT. THIS WAS TO KEEP THE
SICKNESS AWAY FOR THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: 02-04-1972

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AN OLD CHRISTMAS EVE CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, WE WERE
GIVEN SOME SILVER MONEY. WE KEPT THE MONEY IN OUR HANDS
ALL THE TIME WE WASHED OURSELVES. WE DID THIS TO HAVE
GOOD LUCK ALL YEAR LONG. THE IMPORTANT THING WAS THAT
THE MONEY HAD TO BE SILVER.

Submitter comment: WE DID THIS, AS CHILDREN, FOR AS LONG AS I REMEMBERED.
EVEN AS AN ADOLESCENT AND SOMEWHAT BEYOND, I PARTICIPATED
IN THE RITUAL WITH THE REST OF THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Beliefs
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 04-00-1965

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STAR BELIEF

ON CHRISTMAS EVE THE BRIGHT STAR TO THE NORTH IS SHINING OVER
THE STABLE AT BETHLEHEM.

Data entry tech comment:

ACCORDING TO CHRISTIAN TRADITION,
BETHLEHEM IS THE PLACE OF CHRIST'S BIRTH.
Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED ; 5984 COLUMBIA RD.

Keyword(s): BELIEF

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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