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WHEN A CHRISTMAS TREE FALLS AND CRUSHES THE
ORNAMENTS, IT IS A PREDICTION OF A DEATH IN THE
FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month

Date learned: 03-31-1968

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THE CHRISTMAS TREE IS NEVER PUT UP BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE AND
NEVER TAKEN DOWN BEFORE JANUARY 6.

Submitter comment:

THIS IS A POLISH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: 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 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 10-00-1965

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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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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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UKRANIAN CHRISTMAS

YOU SHOULD HAVE REAL STRAW FOR THE CRIB AND AN OAK TREE FOR THE
CHRISTMAS TREE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; ERIE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

LOOK FOR THE FIRST STAR ON CHRISTMAS EVE SO THE TREE CAN BE LIT.
CHRIST CHILD IS BORN.

Where learned: HOME

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

Date learned: 11-18-1967

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT WAS THE CUSTOM FOR MINERS IN THE UPPER PENNINSULA TO HAVE A
CHRISTMAS TREE AND A CHRISTMAS PARTY IN THE MINE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

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

Date learned: 02-28-1970

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CHRISTMAS GAME

THE GAME IS CALLED "I'M THINKING OF A BULB." IN ORDER TO PLAY, ONE
PERSON HAS TO BE CHOSEN TO GO FIRST. THIS LEADER THEN SAYS "I'M
THINKING OF A BULB" AND DESCRIBES A CERTAIN BULB FOUND ON THE
CHRISTMAS TREE. IN TURN ALL THE PLAYERS START TO GUESS WHICH BULB IT
IS. THE PERSON WHO GUESSES THE BULB THEN BECOMES THE LEADER.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): GAME

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

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CHRISTMAS IN GREECE

AT CHRISTMAS, THE MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY ALL GATHER AT ONE HOUSE AND
ALL BRING A PIECE OF FRUIT. THEN ALL PUT THEIR FRUIT ON ONE TREE.
AT MIDNIGHT, THE BELLS OF THE CITY ARE RUNG IN ORDER TO DRIVE THE
EVIL SPIRITS INTO THE LAKE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): DRIVING OUT EVIL SPIRITS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

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DANISH CHRISTMAS TREE

IN DENMARK, THE CHRISTMAS TREE IS TRIMMED WITH REAL CANDLES AND
MANY SMALL FLAGS. THE DANISH FLAG IS A RED CROSS ON A BLUE
BACKGROUND.

Submitter comment: DANISH

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS

IN THE PHILIPPINES, INSTEAD OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE WHICH WE USE AS
THE MOST COMMON SYMBOL OF CHRISTMAS, THE INHABITANTS USE THE
CHRISTMAS STAR. EACH HOME HAS A LARGE STAR, MADE OF SOME
NATURAL MATERIAL SUCH AS BAMBOO, WHICH SERVES AS THE CENTRAL
DECORATION IN THE HOME AS OUR TREES DO.

Where learned: DETROIT ; WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY ; NEWMAN CENTER CHAPEL

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

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

CANDLES WERE USED ON CHRISTMAS TREES INSTEAD OF LIGHT BULBS, AND
AS THE PEOPLE WOULD BE WALKING HOME FROM MIDNIGHT MASS THE
CANDLES WOULD BE LIT, SO THAT THE TREE COULD BE SEEN THROUGH
THE WINDOW. THEN EVERYONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD WOULD STAND AROUND THE
TREE FOR ABOUT FIVE MINUTES, AND THEN THE CANDLES WOULD BE PUT OUT.
THIS WAS THE ONLY TIME THE TREE WAS LIT, BECAUSE OF THE FIRE
HAZARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

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

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CHRISTMAS MARITIME TRADITION

IT IS AN OLD MARITIME TRADITION ON CHRISTMAS DAY ABOARD SHIP, TO
LASH A YULE TREE TO THE MAST. THIS CUSTOM IS STILL FOLLOWED BY
MANY SHIPMASTERS IN MODERN TIMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; DEARBORN, ASSUMED

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS:

ON CHRISTMAS MORNING ALL THE CHILDREN LINED UP ACCORDING TO AGE
BEGINNING WITH THE YOUNGEST TO GO IN AND SEE THE DECORATED TREE.

Submitter comment: (A CUSTOM AT HOME)

Where learned: HOME

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

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CHRISTMAS IN THE MINES

AT CHRISTMAS TIME IT IS TRADITIONAL THAT DOWN DEEP IN THE COAL MINES
THE MINERS DECORATE A TREE, WITH LIGHTS, ORNAMENTS, AND CANDY CANES
AND HAVE THEIR OWN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 02-09-1970

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

IT IS (A) CUSTOM IN OUR HOUSE TO LEAVE THE CHRISTMAS TREE UP
UNTIL EPIPHANY, SO AS THE THREE KINGS CAN VISIT THE MANGER WHICH
IS UNDER THE TREE.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM (POLISH)

A CHRISTMAS TREE MUST HAVE AN ANGEL ORNAMENT PLACED ON THE TOP
OF THE TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM (POLISH)

THE CHRISTMAS TREE WAS NEVER TAKEN DOWN BEFORE THE FEAST OF THE MAGI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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