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WE HAD A SMALL WOODEN MANGER MADE FOR OUR FAMILY BY A FRIEND.
DURING ADVENT, EVERY TIME ONE OF THE CHILDREN WOULD DO A GOOD DEED,
HE OR SHE COULD PUT IN A SMALL PIECE OF YARN. BY CHRISTMAS EVE IT
WOULD BE QUITE SOFT FOR "BABY JESUS."

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname and place of residence.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 645 645.2
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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AT CHRISTMAS TIME A MANGER SCENE IS SET UP. THE INFANT, HOWEVER, IS NOT
PLACED IN THE CRIB UNTIL CHRISTMAS MORNING AND THE THREE WISE MEN ARE NOT PLACED WITH THE SCENE UNTIL
"THREE KING'S DAY" (JANUARY 6).

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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CHRISTMAS BELIEF

NO CHRIST CHILD IN THE MANGER BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE.

Submitter comment: SHE WILL NOT PUT THE FIGURE IN THE MANGER BEFORE THEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Custom
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT IS TRADITIONAL IN THE SUZIO FAMILY, THAT DURING ADVENT, ALL GOOD
DEEDS ARE REWARDED WITH A LITTLE STAR DRAWN ON A SHEET OF PAPER
HANGING ON A DOOR. EACH CHILD TRIES TO GET AS MANY OF THESE STARS,
AND THUS BE AS GOOD AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN BECAUSE ON CHRISTMAS EVE
LITTLE SCROLLS, TIED WITH RIBBONS, CONTAINING ALL THE STARS THEY
MERITED, ARE CARRIED IN A PROCESSION TO THE CRIB UNDER THE CHRISTMAS
TREE. EACH CHILD WANTS TO HAVE THE BEST GIFT POSSIBLE, SO THEY WORK
AS HARD AS THEY CAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORM ROOM

Subject headings: 645 September 23 Equinox to December 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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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

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MEXICAN CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS

IN MEXICO, THE NINE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS--STARTING THE 16TH OF
DECEMBER, ARE POSATAS DAYS. THERE IS A PARTY EACH DAY, AND A
PROGRESSIVE RE-ENACTMENT OF THE NATIVITY. IT ENDS ON CHRISTMAS EVE
WHEN THE CHRIST CHILD IS PLACED IN THE MANGER, WITHIN WHICH ARE ALL
THE NATIVITY FIGURES EXCEPT THE MAGI. THEY ARE PLACED AFTER
MIDNIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ANN ARBOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes

Date learned: 02-04-1968

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JOURNEY OF THE THREE WISE MEN

AT CHRISTMAS TIME WHEN THE STABLE IS SET UP THE MAGI ARE NOT PLACED
AROUND THE CRIB BUT ARE PLACED A NOTICEABLE DISTANCE FROM IT. EACH
DAY THE THREE FIGURES ARE MOVED CLOSER SO THAT ON JANUARY 6TH, LITTLE
CHRISTMAS, THE THREE WISE MEN ARRIVE AT THE STABLE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): EPIPHANY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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MANGER SCENE

IN ITALY, LIFESIZE STATUES OF THE MANGER SCENES WOULD BE ERECTED
WELL BEFORE THE CHRISTMAS-THREE KINGS SEASON. EVERYDAY, THESE
FIGURES WOULD BE MOVED SLIGHTLY CLOSER TO THE CRIB TO SIGNIFY THE
CLOSENESS OF THE HOLIDAY AND THE TRAVEL TO THE MANGER BY THE WISE
MEN.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS RECOUNTED FROM MRS. BENESTELLI A NEIGHBOR RECORDED ON TAPE
NOVEMBER FIRST 1970

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Keyword(s): EPIPHANY

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

Date learned: 11-01-1970

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ON CHRISTMAS THE CHRIST CHILD ISN'T PUT INTO THE STABLE UNTIL
MIDNIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

THE MANGER WITH THE CHRIST CHILD SHOULD NOT BE PLACED IN THE NATIVITY
SCENE UNTIL MIDNIGHT ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS PRACTICED BY THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY AS LONG AS THE INFORMANT
CAN REMEMBER. INFORMANT'S PARENTS DO NOT REMEMBER THEIR FAMILIES
DOING THIS WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG, AND DO NOT KNOW WHEN THEY PICKED UP
THE CUSTOM. CUSTOM IS STILL FOLLOWED.

Where learned: HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; TOLD AT

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

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON A NATIVITY SCENE IS USUALLY SET UP. THE
CHRIST CHILD ISN'T PUT IN THE CRIB UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 10-14-1969

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ONE POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM IS THAT OF FILLING THE STABLE SCENE. FOR
EACH GOOD DEED DONE BY THE CHILD, HE IS ALLOWED TO PLACE A STATUE IN
THE STABLE. AFTER ALL THE STATUES ARE IN, FOR EACH GOOD DEED DONE BY
THE CHILD, HE PLACES A PIECE OF STRAW IN THE CRIB OF THE CHRIST
CHILD. ON CHRISTMAS MORNING THE CHILD AWAKES TO FIND THE CHRIST
CHILD LAYING IN THE STRAW FILLED CRIB.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

STARTING ON THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT MOTHER WOULD PUT OUT THE
MANGER FROM THE STABLE SCENE, ALONG SIDE OF THIS SHE WOULD PUT A
SMALL BOX OF LITTLE STRAWS. FOR EVERY REALLY GOOD DEED THAT WE DID
UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE WE COULD PUT A STRAW IN TE MANGER. THE OBJECT
WAS THAT WE WOULD BE SO GOOD THAT THE MANGER WOULD BE FULL OF STRAW
TO MAKE A COMFORTABLE BED FOR JESUS.
THIS WAS JUST ONE OF THE MANY THINGS THAT MOTHER DID TO INSTILL THE
REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IN US.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; KALAMAZOO

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

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STRAW IN THE MANGER

STARTING WITH THE FIRST DAY OF ADVENT, IF ONE PUTS A PEICE OF STRAW
INTO AN EMPTY MANGER EVERY TIME A GOOD DEED ID PERFORMED, ON
CHRISTMAS DAY, THE CHRIST CHILD WILL HAVE A SOFT PLACE TO SLEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 01-15-1968

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CHRISTMAS

DURING CHRISTMAS SEASON FOR EVERY SPECIAL THING THAT A MEMBER OF THE
FAMILY DID, THE PERSON PUT A PIECE OF STRAW IN THE CRIB AND THEY
TRIED TO SEE HOW MUCH STRAW THEY COULD PUT IN FOR CHRISTMAS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE BY THE INFORMANT, 1950-1968 IN DETROIT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

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

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON EVERY CHRISTMAS EVE, MY FAMILY HAS A SMALL SERVICE BEFORE ALL THE
CHILDREN GO UP TO BED TO WAIT FOR SANTA TO COME. WE ALL GATHER IN A
PROCESSION, WITH THE YOUNGEST AT THE FRONT CARRYING THE SMALL STATUE
OF THE BABY JESUS, WHICH HE OR SHE PLACES IN THE MANGER SCENE. THEN
WE ALL GATHER AROUND THE CRIB SERVICE AND MY FATHER READS A SHORT
PASSAGE FROM THE BIBLE WHICH HE SELECTS.

Submitter comment: THIS HAS BEEN A TRADITION WITHIN OUR FAMILY EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Manger scenes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus

Date learned: 03-27-1971

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CHRISTMAS EVE CUSTOM

IN THE HUNGARIAN NEIGHBORHOODS IN WINDSOR DURING THE 1920'S, THE MEN
WOULD GET TOGETHER DURING ADVENT AND BUILD A MANGER. ON CHRISTMAS
EVE A LIGHT WOULD BE PLACED IN THE MANGER AND FOUR MEN WOULD CARRY IT
ON THEIR SHOULDERS FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE. AT EACH HOUSE, THE MEN WOULD
STOP, HAVE A DRINK AND SOMETHING TO EAT AND THEN CONTINUE ON THEIR
JOURNEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: 10-08-1968

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FAMILIES OF ITALIAN HERITAGE IN TRUMBALL, CONNETICUT CUSTOMARILY
BUILD ELABORATE NATIVITY SCENES DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON RATHER
THAN ERECTING THE CONVENTIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS GRANDPARENTS WHO PRACTICE THIS CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

OUR FAMILY PUTS A MANGER WITH CHRIST CHILD, VIRGIN MARY, JOSEPH, WISE
MEN AND ANIMALS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE EVERY YEAR.

Submitter comment: AS FAR AS I KNOW THEIR PARENTS HAVE DONE THE SAME SINCE IN THIS
COUNTRY. CAN REMEMBER DOING IT SINCE I'VE BEEN A CHILD IN JERSEY
CITY, NEW JERSEY.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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CHRISTMAS

ON CHRISTMAS EVE THE CRIB WAS PUT UP AND JESUS WOULD BE PUT IN IT.
AND CHRISTMAS HYMNS WOULD BE SUNG.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE BY THE INFORMANT IN 1949-1950 TO 1968-1969.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

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

Date learned: 11-23-1970

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