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GOOD LUCK NUT

NUTS ARE PLACED IN DISHES AS PART OF THE CHRISTMAS FEAST CELEBRATION
IN BULGARIA. EVERYONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD RETAINS ONE TO BE SAVED
UNTIL NEW YEARS DAY. EVERYONE THEN BREAKS OPEN THEIR NUT AND THE
CONDITION OF THE INTERIOR INDICATES THE OWNER'S FUTURE FOR THE
COMING YEAR. A SOUND NUT MEAT INDICATES PROSPERITY FOR ITS OWNER,
WHILE A ROTTEN INTERIOR SAYS THE COMING YEAR WILL NOT BE GOOD FOR
ITS OWNER.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS AS A COMMON PRACTICE OF HIS FAMILY IN
BULGARIA.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD AT HENDRICKSONS PHARMACY

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; PREDICTION

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

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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IT IS A UKRAINIAN CUSTOM TO MIX POPPIES AND WHEAT TOGETHER AT
CHRISTMAS TIME. THEN TAKE THE MIXTURE IN A SPOON AND THROW IT IN THE
AIR AND TRY TO CATCH IT. IF YOU CATCH IT, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD ; DORMS ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Single dishes
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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SUPERSTITION

SHEAVES OF GRAIN TIED WITH RIBBON ARE LEFT IN CORNERS OF THE ROOM AT
CHRISTMAS TIME FOR A GOOD HARVEST IN THE NEXT SEASON, IN POLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

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

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HOLIDAY FUN

WHEN A CHILD, MRS. MALONY, AND OTHER YOUNG GIRLS OF THE FAMILY AND
NEIGHBORHOOD WENT AROUND BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S COLLECTING
PIECES OF CHRISTMAS CAKE FROM THE NEIGHBORS. IF A GIRL ENDED WITH
12 PIECES OF CAKE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MARRIED BEFORE HER NEXT
BIRTHDAY.

Submitter comment: MRS. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE WAS BORN AND
RAISED IN IRELAND

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 28 Holy Innocents
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Single dishes

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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IN AN IRISH CHRISTMAS CAKE THERE IS ALWAYS PLACED A GOLD RING SO THAT
WHOEVER EATS THE PIECE OF CAKE AND FINDS THE GOLD RING WILL BE
MARRIED WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS FROM MY IRISH LANDLADY AT CHRISTMAS TIME OF 1970. I
DON'T THINK SHE REALLY BELIEVED IT WOULD HAPPEN.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; MARRIAGE PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Single dishes
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 12-00-1970

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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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CLEANLINESS

IF YOU TAKE A BATH BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR, YOU WILL BE CLEAN
ALL YEAR. ( DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR THE SPIRIT WILL BE PURGED ).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 28 Holy Innocents
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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SAYING

A GREEN CHRISTMAS MAKES A FULL GRAVEYARD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HIS MOTHER WHO SAID THE SAYING WAS USED IN
DUNDEE, SCOTLAND WHERE SHE LIVED UNTIL SHE WAS AROUND 30 YEARS OLD.
INFORMANT'S MOTHER CAME TO AMERICA IN 1912, THREE YEARS AFTER
INFORMANT WAS BORN.

Where learned: HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): DEATH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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WEATHER PROVERB

POLISH: JAK NA BOZE NARODZENIE PO WODZIE, TO NA WIELKANOC PO LODZIE.
TRANSLATION: IF AT CHRISTMAS YOU'RE GOING OVER WATER, THEN ON EASTER
IT WILL BE OVER ICE.
(IF IT'S A WARM WINTER, PLAN ON A COLD SPRING.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions

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SWEDISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS TIME THE SWEDES PUT ONE ALMOND IN RICE PUDDING. THE
PERSON WHO GETS THIS ALMOND IS SAID TO HAVE GOOD LUCK
IN THE COMING YEAR.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; LUCK ; Swedish

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Single dishes

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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"XMAS (CHRISTMAS) BREAD"

ON CHRISTMAS YOU MAKE A LOAF OF BREAD WITH A COIN IN IT, THE
PERSON WHO GETS THE PIECE OF BREAD WITH THE COIN IN IT HAS
LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BREAD ; CHRISTMAS ; COIN ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; LUCK ; MONEY ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry

Date learned: 11-17-1969

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GOOD LUCK SUPERSTITION

IF THERE IS A BIRD'S NEST IN YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE IT WILL BRING YOU
LUCK FOR THE COMING YEAR.
THIS TREE IS THE ONE YOU WOULD BRING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.32
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.46

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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