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BELIEF ABOUT LITTLE PEOPLE

ALWAYS LEAVE SOME FOOD ON YOUR DOOR STEP FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE. THIS
KEEPS YOU FROM THEIR MISCHIEF.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS GIVEN TO MRS. CHESNEY BY MATILDA MELLON, HER MOTHER,
WHO WAS AN IRISH IMMIGRANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity
Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 09-16-1975

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SPECIFIC TIME TO SWIM

WHEN ON VACATION IN THE IRON MOUNTAIN REGION (UPPER
MICHIGAN) THIS FAMILY HAS A SPECIFIC TIME FOR
SWIMMING--2 O'CLOCK TIL 5. DURING THIS TIME, EVERYONE
GATHERS AT THE BEACH AND EITHER SWIMS OR SNACKS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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AMONG FRENCH-CANADIAN FAMILIES, IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR
THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE TO BAKE A SEPARATE LITTLE
LOAF OF BREAD FOR THE YOUNGEST IN THE FAMILY WHENEVER
SHE BAKES BREAD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

Date learned: 02-01-1970

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IF YOU DON'T PUT YOUR SHOES TOGETHER AT NIGHT,
THEY WILL BECOME LONESOME AND RUN AWAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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SATURDAY BATH

SATURDAY NIGHT WAS BATH NIGHT. WATER WAS CARRIED
IN BUCKETS AND HEATED ON THE OLD WOOD STOVE. THE
WASH TUB WAS BROUGHT INTO THE KITCHEN. THE
CLEANEST ONE GOT TO TAKE HIS BATH FIRST AND ON DOWN
THE LINE, AS THE SAME WATER WAS USED. THEN STANDING
UP YOU GOT RINSED WITH A FEW DIPPERS OF CLEAN
WATER.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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CLEANING BELIEF

ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, THE HOUSE MUST BE CLEAN, BUT YOU CAN NEVER SWEEP
THE DIRT OUTSIDE.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN WEST VIRGINIA ALTHOUGH COLLECTED IN DETROIT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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SOCK TRADITION

JOE HOFFMAN'S FATHER ALWAYS HAD A SPECIAL WAY OF PUTTING ON HIS
SOCKS. JOE FOLLOWED THE FAMILY PATTERN BY FOLDING IN THE HEEL, THEN
FOLDING THE SOCK IN HALF, STEPPING ON IT AND UNFOLDING IT.

Submitter comment: ITEM WAS LEARNED IN ORCHARD LAKE, MICHIGAN ALTHOUGH IT WAS COLLECTED
IN DETROIT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; BOTSFORD GRADE SCHOOL ; CLARENCEVILLE DISTRICT

James Callow Keyword(s): DRESSING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity
SPEECH -- Body parts involved S602.31

Date learned: 11-00-1982

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SOME OF THE PEOPLE I GREW UP WITH TOOK BATHS ONLY IN
THE SPRING TIME.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Spring
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

Date learned: 00001970S

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DON'T START A DRESS ON FRIDAY, BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER LIVE
TO SEE IT FINISHED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MURFREESBORO

Keyword(s): SEWING SEW

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Routine activity

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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IN THE FACTORY WHERE I WORKED THIS SUMMER, ONE WOULD
GESTURE A NEED TO VISIT THE LAVATORY AND FOR THE
HELPER AT THE OTHER END OF THE MACHINE TO WATCH IT
IN HIS ABSENCE BY: (1) IMITATING THE MOVEMENT OF
UNZIPPING HIS PANTS AND (2) POINTING HIS INDEX AND
MIDDLE FINGERS OF ONE HAND AT HIS EYES AND THEN BACK
TO THE MACHINE.

Where learned: Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity
SPEECH -- Instructions Directions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Sleep and Health Rhyme:

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

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Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Bed ; Early ; HEALTH ; Healthy ; Man ; Maxim ; Rise ; SLEEP ; VERSE ; WEALTH ; Wealthy ; WISDOM ; Wise

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

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Custom

Grammaw's Average Day:

"...go milk the cow and put the milk in the springhouse...churn sum buttermilk 'n make the butter...'n make a batch of hominy...rest a little whilst shelling peas...hoe and weed the garden 'n carry sum vegetables back to the cabin...take sic Mandy Lou sum soup on the next farm 'n gather sum herbs to doctor wid later on...shell sum butterbeans...gather sum pears 'n make sum preserves...git the aigs outta the nests 'n get the goat outta the garden...cook three meals a day."

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE ; Boiling and Baking ; Booger Hollow

Keyword(s): ; Average ; Beans ; Chores ; CUSTOM ; Day ; Domestic ; Excerpt ; FARMING ; GARDEN ; Goat ; Grandma ; Narrative ; Peas ; Prose ; Shell ; Story ; VEGETABLE ; WORK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Routine activity

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