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CHRISTMAS BELIEF

AROUND THE FIRST OF DECEMBER, THE SPECIAL WORKERS OF SANTA, THE
BROWNIES, COME OUT IN FULL FORCE. THEY CARRY BIG BOOKS WITH EACH
GIRL'S AND BOY'S NAME IN IT. THEIR JOB IS TO SNEAK AROUND AND MARK
YOUR BEHAVIOR IN THEIR BOOK AND THEN REPORT TO SANTA. IF YOU HAVE
BEEN BAD, SANTA WILL NOT BRING YOU ANYTHING.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Beliefs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
BELIEF -- Fairy Elf Goblin Gnome

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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KEEPING THE WOLVES AWAY

DURING CHRISTMAS THE LITTLE POLISH CHILDREN PUT PEAS ON THE WINDOWSILLS IN THE BELIEF THAT IT WOULD STOP THE WOLVES FROM EATING THEIR ANIMALS AT CHRISTMAS TIME.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Beliefs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Feeding animals, spirits of trees

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

YOU SHOULD GROW WHEAT IN YOUR HOME TO INSURE GOOD
LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment: SHE APPARENTLY MEANS DISPLAY WHEAT--NOT GROW IT AT HOME.
CN[ JACOB, THOMAS W.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Beliefs
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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NEW YEAR'S EVE CUSTOM

EVERY SINCE I COULD REMEMBER, WE WERE GIVEN SOME SILVER
MONEY TO HOLD IN OUR HANDS AT MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR'S
EVE. IF WE DID THIS, WHEREVER WE WERE, AS THE CHURCH
BELLS AND FACTORY WHISTLES RANG OUT THE OLD, AND RANG
IN THE NEW YEAR, WE WOULD HAVE MONEY ALL YEAR LONG
AND WE WOULDN'T RUN SHORT.
WE WOULD KEEP THE MONEY IN A "SAFE" PLACE, AND THEN
THE FOLLOWING CHRISTMAS EVE, WE WOULD PUT IT INTO THE
"POOR BOX" AT CHURCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.85
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Beliefs
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Church

Date learned: 04-00-1965

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

YOU SHOULD GROW WHEAT IN YOUR HOME TO INSURE GOOD
LUCK.

Submitter comment: SHE HEARD THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Data entry tech comment: SHE APPARENTLY MEANS DISPLAY WHEAT--NOT GROW IT AT HOME.
CN[ JACOB, THOMAS W.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Beliefs
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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IF IT'S A GREEN CHRISTMAS, THE GRAVEYARDS WILL BE FULL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Beliefs
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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