RE:SEARCH logo
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries / Instructional Design Studio
UDM HOME BLACKBOARD MY UDMERCY
RESEARCH HOME / FIND / SPECIAL COLLECTIONS / THE JAMES T. CALLOW FOLKLORE ARCHIVE /
James Callow Folklore Archive

Collection Home

About Dr. James T. Callow

Dr. James T. Callow publications

Collectors

Browse by

Subject heading

Keyword

Location

Questions or comments on this site? Please email davidsor@udmercy.edu.

The James T. Callow Folklore Archive

search for

Content filter is on

Your search for F642.4 returned 10 results.

showing 10 items

CHRISTMAS GREETING CARDS ARE PLACED ON RIBBONS AND STRUNG
AROUND THE LIVING ROOM.

Submitter comment:

Family custom.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards

Date learned: 10-00-1965

View just this record

ADVENT WREATH

DURING ADVENT WE ALSO HAD AN ADVENT WREATH. THIS WAS ALWAYS MADE FROM
THE GREENS FROM THE EVERGREEN OUTSIDE OUR HOUSE, FOUR
WHITE CANDLES
AND HUNG WITH RED RIBBON. EVERY SUNDAY, ANOTHER CANDLE WAS LIT WHILE
SOMEONE READ THE GOSPEL FOR THAT DAY.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 645 645.2
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

Date learned: 10-07-1972

View just this record

RUMANIAN CUSTOMS

CHRISTMAS: THE RUMANIAN PEOPLE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS BY MAKING
HAND-MADE ORNAMENTS FOR THEIR HOUSE;

Submitter comment: INFORMANT CALLED THIS CUSTOM A "FAMILY AFFAIR".

Data entry tech comment: ROMAINIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN ; TOLD AT FORD MOTOR CO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations

Date learned: 11-30-1971

View just this record

GERMAN CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS

GERMAN FAMILIES ALWAYS HAVE A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE WITH DIFFERENT
COLORED BULBS AND LIGHTS. THEY ALSO HAVE A CRIB SCENE AND VERY OFTEN
HANG THEIR CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS ON THE DOOR OR FIREPLACE OR SOME OTHER
APPROPRIATE PLACE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; RENO HALL ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 10-03-1968

View just this record

CUSTOM (MEXICAN)

THE MEXICAN CHILDREN BREAK THE PINATA (A LARGE BALLOON)
ON CHRISTMAS EVE. IT IS FILLED WITH TOYS. THEY USUALLY SING
A SONG WHICH I CANNOT RECALL.

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

View just this record

YARN MEN

IN DENMARK AT CHRISTMAS THE DINNER TABLE IS DECORATED WITH LITTLE
MEN MADE FROM RED YARN CALLED "NISSERMAN." THE FAMILY USUALLY MAKES
THESE FIGURES TOGETHER IN PREPARATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

Submitter comment:

[Informant is] Danish.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): DOLLS

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

View just this record

CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE BIGGEST HOLIDAY FOR MY FAMILY.
TWO WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS WE PUT UP THE DECORATIONS. OUTSIDE WE PU
COLORED LIGHTS ON THE EVERGREENS. WE PUT PLASTIC TRIMMINGS ON THE
DOORPOSTS. A CHRISTMAS WREATH GOES ON THE FRONT DOOR. INSIDE WE
HANG OUR STOCKINGS ON THE STAIRWAY AND DECORATE THE HANDRAILS WITH
MORE PLASTIC EVERGREEN TRIMMINGS. WE REPLACE THE PICTURE IN THE
FRONT HALLWAY WITH A HANGING SANTA CLAUS, WHEN YOU PULL HIS STRING
THE MUSIC BOX CONTAINED WITHIN PLAYS SILENT NIGHT. I CAN'T RESIST
PULLING THE STRING AT LEAST TWICE A DAY. ABOVE THE FIREPLACE WE
PLACE THREE DOLLS OF ENGLISH MEN SINGING CAROLS AND COLLECTING
DONATIONS, THESE ARE FALLING APART NOW THOUGH. ALSO AROUND THE
FIREPLACE WE HANG LIGHTS WITH PICTURES ENCASING THEM DEPICTING MANGE
SCENES. IN THE LIVING ROOM WE PLACE OUR MODEL OF THE MANGER WITH
LITTLE STATUES OF JESUS IN CRIB, MARY, JOSEPH, THE THREE KINGS
BEARING GIFTS, A SHEPERD BOY, HIS FLOCK OF SHEEP(ABOUT HALF WITH LEG
BROKEN), A COW, A DONKEY, A CAMEL, AND AN ANGEL WITH TRUMPET HANGING
FROM THE TOP OF THE MANGER,(HIS WINGS ARE BROKEN THOUGH). IN THE
LIVING ROOM WE ALSO PUT A SANTA CLAUS DOLL SITTING IN A WICKER SLEIG
FILLED WITH PLASTIC FRUIT.
WE PUT THE CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE FAMILY ROOM. AFTER BRINGING THE
CHRISTMAS TREE HOME YOU HAVE TO WAIT A FEW DAYS FOR IT TO SPREAD OUT
BEFORE DECORATING IT. WHEN DECORATING THE TREE THE FIRST THING WE
PUT ON ARE THE THREE STRINGS OF COLORED LIGHTS. WE CONNECT ONE
BLINKER TO ONE STRING OF LIGHTS AND A SECOND BLINKER TO THE OTHER TW
STRINGS OF LIGHTS SO THE LIGHTS ALTERNATELY BLINK ON AND OFF. NEXT
WE HANG THE MANY BEAUTIFUL BULBS, CAREFUL NOT TO LET THEM FALL.
THEN WE HANG SILVER TINSEL AND CANDY CANES AND THE WHOLE TREE IS
TOPPED OFF BY A STAR. PRESENTS ARE PLACED UNDER THE TREE.
OUR FAMILY IS SPREAD ACROSS THE UNITED STATES BUT ANYONE WHO CAN
COMES HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. ON CHRISTMAS EVE WE HAVE A FIRE IN THE
FIREPLACE AND SOME OF US VISIT RELATIVES AND DELIVER PRESENTS WHILE
OTHERS STAY HOME AND RECEIVE VISITS. AT MIDNIGHT ALL THE ADULTS GO
TO MIDNIGHT MASS, EVEN THOUGH FOR SOME OF MY BROTHERS THIS IS THE
ONLY TIME THEY GO TO MASS ALL YEAR. EVERYONE GETS UP EARLY IN THE
MORNING TO OPEN PRESENTS. THE DAY IS SPENT WATCHING CHRISTMAS MOVIE
AND FOOTBALL GAMES ON TV, RECEIVING TELEPHONE CALLS FROM OUT-OF-STAT
RELATIVES AND FAMILY THAT COULD NOT COME HOME, AND WAITING FOR
DINNER.
FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER WE HAVE A BIG TURKEY. WE ALSO HAVE A WHOLE
BUNCH OF STUFFING, MASHED POTATOES, CRANBERRY SAUCE, GRAVY, GREEN
BEANS OR PEAS, AND OCCASIONALLY A HAM TOO IF THE TURKEY IS NOT BIG
ENOUGH. FOR DESSERT THERE IS PLUM PUDDING WITH HARD SAUCE, FRUIT
CAKE, AND ICE CREAM. THIS IS THE ONLY TIME ALL YEAR THAT WE HAVE
PLUM PUDDING EVEN THOUGH IT IS MY FAVORITE DESSERT.
WE KEEP THE CHRISTMAS TREE UP UNTIL IT GETS TOO DRY AND BECOMES A
FIRE HAZARD, BUT THE OTHER DECORATIONS AREN'T PUT AWAY TILL ALMOST
FEBRUARY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Menus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 11-23-1979

View just this record

WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN WE WOULD PUT OUT A MANGER SCENE AT THE
BEGINNING OF ADVENT. EACH TIME A CHILD DID A GOOD DEAD WE WOULD
PUT A TOOTHPICK UNDER THE CHRIST CHILD, TO GIVE HIM A COMFORTABLE
BED.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS ORIGINALLY COLLECTED IN NORTH TONAWANDA, NEW YORK

Where learned: NEW YORK ; NORTH TONAWANDA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FF64 FF64.2

Date learned: 00-00-1965

View just this record

IT IS CUSTOMARY IN OUR FAMILY THAT THE YOUNGEST
MEMBER OF THE FAMILY PLACES THE ANGEL ON TOP OF
THE CHRISTMAS TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations

Date learned: 00-00-1972

View just this record

Dorothy's mom taught her how to crochet Christmas ornaments.
First, they crochet the ornaments and then put them into sugar
water to hold a desired shape. Then they put a ribbon on
the top of the ornament and hang it on the Christmas Tree.
The process of crocheting take hours to complete a beautiful
ornament.

Submitter comment: The material that is crocheted is thin yarn.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Decorations
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Weaving material For costuming in dance or drama, see C484.

View just this record

showing 10 items

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Detroit , MI , 48221-3038
This site is endorsed by the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) and supports the views, values, and mission of UDM. The University of Detroit Mercy web site provides links to other web sites, both public and private, for informational purposes. The inclusion of these links on UDM's site does not imply endorsement by the University. Please contact the Instructional Design Studio for any questions regarding this web site.