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SANTA CLAUS SUPERSTITION

IF YOU STAY UP AND WAIT FOR SANTA CLAUS, HE WILL NEVER COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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THE SIX WHITE BOOMERS

IN AUSTRALIA, CHRISTMAS COMES DURING THE HOT SUMMER (IT'S
USUALLY ABOUT 120 DEGREES IN THE SHADE AND THERE'S NO SHADE IN
AUSTRALIA), SO SANTA CAN'T PULL HIS SLEIGH AROUND BECAUSE THERE'S NO
SNOW. SO HE GET'S A TEAM OF OLD-MAN KANGAROOS AND THEY'RE CALLED THE
SIX WHITE BOOMERS BECAUSE OF THE SOUND THEY MAKE AS THEY'RE PULLING
HIM AROUND. BOOM BOOM BOOM THAT'S WHY THEY CALL THEM THE SIX WHITE
BOOMERS.

Submitter comment: HANDS ARE SLAPPED ON ARMS OF CHAIR TO EMPHASIZE BOOMS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
BELIEF -- Mammal
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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Christmas

IF YOU ARE A BAD CHILD, THEN AT CHRISTMAS, SANTA CLAUS WILL PUT
COAL IN YOUR STOCKING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-05-1972

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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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WEATHER BELIEF

WHEN THE CLOUDS ARE PINK AT SUNSET, SANTA CLAUS IS MAKING CANDY.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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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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SANTA'S FOOTPRINTS

ON CHRISTMAS MORNING THERE WERE ALWAYS SNOWY WHITE FOOTPRINTS,
FROM THE FIREPLACE LEADING TO THE TREE. BUT THE SNOW DIDN'T MELT
AND WHEN YOU TOUCHED THE FOOTPRINT, THE WHITE "SANTA-DUST" CAME
OFF ON YOUR FINGER.
LATER, MY MOTHER TOLD ME SHE MADE THE FOOTPRINTS WITH LARGE
WET GALOSHES, DIPPED IN TALCUM POWDER. IT WAS EASY TO VACUUM
UP LATER, BUT IN THE MORNING, IT WAS PURER EVIDENCE EVEN THAN
ALL THE GIFTS, THAT SANTA HAD COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

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KRIES KRINGLE (GERMAN)

PREPARATORY FOR CHRISTMAS
KRIES KRINGLE COMES AND BRINGS
CHILDREN GIFTS, FRUITS, ETC. TO
SHOW THEM CHRISTMAS IS NEAR.

Where learned: TOLD AT HOME

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

Date learned: 10-21-1968

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ITALIAN SANTA CLAUS

THE BEFANA IS AN OLD WOMAN WHO WAS SWEEPING OUT
HER HOUSE ONE DAY WHEN THE THREE WISE MEN PASSED BY ON THEIR
WAY TO SEE THE CHRIST CHILD. SHE TOLD THEM TO WAIT UNTIL
SHE FINISHED HER SWEEPING SO THAT SHE COULD GO WITH THEM.
SHE FINISHED THE WORK AND GOT TOGETHER SOME FRUIT AND
CANDY BUT WHEN SHE WENT OUTSIDE THE MEN WERE ALREADY GONE.
AND NOW SHE ROAMS THE EARTH ON EVERY LITTLE CHRISTMAS LOOKING
FOR THE CHRIST CHILD AND GIVING FRUIT AND CANDY TO ALL LITTLE
CHILDREN ON THAT NIGHT. BAD CHILDREN RECEIVE COAL IN THEIR
STOCKING.
MY MOTHER SAYS THAT IN HER FAMILY THE BEFANA WOULD
COME AND THROW NUTS DOWN THE CHIMNEY TO WARN THE
KIDS TO BE GOOD BECAUSE SHE WAS COMING. THEN STOCKINGS WOULD
BE HUNG AND THE NEXT MORNING, THEY WOULD BE FILLED WITH
FRUIT AND COOKIES.
IN OTHER FAMILIES, THE CHILDREN WOULD ALL KNEEL AROUND
THE FIREPLACE AND PRAY WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART AND SOUL FOR
THE BEFANA TO COME. AND ONE BY ONE BASKERS FULL OF FRUIT
AND CANDY WITH EACH CHILD'S NAME IN IT WOULD COME DOWN.
IN THESE FAMILIES, THERE WERE NO STOCKINGS THEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED AT HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
BELIEF -- Prayer P642.64

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM FIXED DATE

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, EACH CHILD IN THE FAMILY WOULD KNEEL
AND RECITE THE ACTS OF FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY, AND CONTRITION
TO REMIND THE CHILDREN HOW UNWORTHY THEY WERE TO RECEIVE
THE GIFTS FROM SANTA. AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WERE
OFFERING THESE PRAYERS IN THANKSGIVING FOR THE THINGS THEY
WOULD BE RECEIVING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT COLLECTORS HOME

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

Date learned: 02-19-1970

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POT BELLY SANTA

SANTA CLAUS, WHEN HE CAME TO OUR HOUSE,
ALWAYS HAD MILK AND COOKIES. WE (THE
KIDS) WOULD PUT THEM OUT ON CHRISTMAS
EVE, AND THEY WOULD BE GONE CHRISTMAS
MORNING. WE WERE TOLD THAT THIS IS
WHY SANTA WAS SO FAT, FROM EATING
COOKIES ALL NIGHT LONG.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

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

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IF A CHILD IS BAD BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THEY ARE
PROMISED THAT SANTA CLAUS WILL LEAVE THEM NOTHING
BUT COAL AND WOOD SWITCHES IN THEIR STOCKINGS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM CHILDHOOD

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

SANTA WILL LEAVE ALL THE BAD BOYS AND GIRLS A WILLOW SWITCH FOR
CHRISTMAS.

Submitter comment: MY INFORMANT TELLS ME HE IS NOW THE PROUD OWNER OF 24 WILLOW
SWITCHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IT IS TRADITIONAL TO LEAVE COOKIES AND MILK
FOR SANTA CLAUS, AND CARROTS FOR THE EASTER BUNNY.

Where learned: DORM ROOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Santa Claus
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting

Date learned: 11-17-1967

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A SIGN THAT SANTA CLAUS HAS REALLY BEEN TO YOUR
HOUSE IS THAT THE COOKIES AND MILK YOU LEFT FOR
HIM ARE GONE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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BAD BOY'S CHRISTMAS

THIS IDEA HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN THROUGH
THE FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS. IF YOU AREN'T
A GOOD PERSON ALL YEAR LONG, THEN INSTEAD
OF GETTING PRESENTS AT CHRISTMAS FROM SANTA,
HE WILL LEAVE SWITCHING STICKS, FOR THE
PARENTS, IN YOUR STOCKING.

Where learned: AUSTRALIA ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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CHRISTMAS

IF YOU DON'T LEAVE A LUNCH FOR SANTA
ON THE TABLE, HE WILL PASS ON BY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECALLS LEAVING FOOD FOR HIM
AT NIGHT, AND SEEING IT GONE IN THE MORNING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

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

Date learned: 01-20-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I USED TO LEAVE FOOD FOR SNATA
CLAUS AND HAY FOR HIS REINDEER.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT ; SOUTH QUAD

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; FOOD CUSTOM

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

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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SANTA CLAUS' MILK AND COOKIES

IT IS COMMON AMONG CHILDREN
IN MANY COUNTRIES TO LEAVE A
GLASS OF MILK AND A FEW COOKIES
FOR SANTA CLAUS - THANKING HIM FOR
HIS PRESENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

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

Date learned: 01-31-1968

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CUSTOM

IT WAS THE CUSTOM FOR SANTA CLAUS TO LEAVE A PIECE OF COAL AND A
STICK FOR BAD CHILDREN. YOUR PARENTS WOULD TELL YOU THAT IF
YOU WEREN'T GOOD THEN THEY WOULD TELL SANTA AND HE WOULD ONLY
BRING YOU A PIECE OF COAL AND A STICK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO ME BY MY PARENTS WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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