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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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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT IN BOTH HER OWN CHILDHOOD AND THAT OF HER
FATHER, THEY WOULD PUT A PAIR OF SHOES OUTSIDE THE DOOR FOR SANTA
CLAUS TO FILL WITH GOODIES. HER FATHER WOULD, HOWEVER, LAY
HIS SHOES BESIDE HIS BED BECAUSE SINCE HE ONLY HAD ONE PAIR OF
SHOES, HE DID NOT WANT THEM TO BE FROZEN OVER ON CHRISTMAS
MORNING FROM BEING OUTSIDE ALL NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 12-02-1971

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CHRISTMAS

AUSTRIAN CHILDREN PUT THEIR SHOES IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE ON
CHRISTMAS EVE. THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT TO FIND IN THEM ON
CHRISTMAS IS A PIECE OF CITRUS FRUIT, SINCE IT IS EXTREMELY
DIFFICULT TO FIND IN THIS COUNTRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

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

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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CUSTOM

IT IS A GERMAN CUSTOM THAT ON CHRISTMAS EVE THE CHILDREN PUT
THEIR SHOES ON THE FRONT PORCH. IT IS BELIEVED THAT ST. NICHOLAS
COMES BY AND FILLS THEM

Where learned: RESIDENCE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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FRENCH CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS SHOES ARE PLACED BY THE CHIMNEY INSTEAD OF STOCKINGS.
PERE NOEL COMES DOWN TO FILL THE SHOES.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN FRANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

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

Date learned: 00001964 SUMMER

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CUSTOM FESTIVAL

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS HUNG ON THE FIREPLACE.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 10-04-1968

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

AFTER RETURNING FROM CHRISTMAS VACATION, THE GIRLS AT MARYGROVE
COLLEGE PUT THEIR SHOES OUTSIDE THEIR DOORS AT NIGHT. IN THE
MORNING, THEY FIND CANDY IN THEIR SHOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

BAD CHILDREN WILL RECEIVE SWITCHES AND COAL IN THEIR STOCKINGS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A CUSTOM IN THE CLISDAL HOUSEHOLD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 10-16-1967

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BELIEF

IF YOU ARE BAD BEFORE CHRISTMAS YOU WILL GET COAL IN YOUR
STOCKING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; DORMS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IN THEIR FAMILY STOCKING ONLY CANDY, FRUIT AND OTHER TYPES OF
FOOD WERE IN IT. IT'S SIMPLY A CARRIED DOWN TRADITION IN
THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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MY FATHER SAID THAT WHEN HE WAS A LITTLE BOY HE WOULD HANG UP HIS
STOCKING OVER THE FIREPLACE. HIS PARENTS WOULD FILL THEM WITH
CANDY.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IN HOLLAND THE DUTCH CHILDREN PUT OUT THEIR WOODEN SHOES ON
CHRISTMAS EVE FOR ST. NICHOLAS TO FILL. IF THE CHILD WAS GOOD,
HE WOULD AWAKEN IN THE MORNING TO FIND HIS SHOES FILLED WITH
ALL SORTS OF GOODIES. IF THE CHILD HAD BEEN BAD, HE WOULD FIND A
SWITCH IN HIS SHOE INSTEAD OF GOODIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND RAPIDS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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BELIEF

CHILDREN BELIEVE THAT IF THEY ATTACH A STOCKING TO THE CHIMNEY
ON CHRISTMAS EVE IT WILL BE FILLED WITH GIFTS AND CANDY.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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FEAST OF THE THREE KINGS

DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON WE DON'T CELEBRATE TOO MUCH. DURING THE
FEAST OF THREE KINGS WE PUT OUR SHOES FULL OF GRASS ON TOP OF THE
WINDOW SILL. SO WHEN THE THREE KINGS PASS BY THE HOUSE AND SEE THE
GRASS THEY WILL LEAVE MONEY FOR THEIR GRATEFULNESS BECAUSE WE HAVE
FED THEIR CAMELS.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): EPIPHANY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Feeding animals, spirits of trees

Date learned: 12-04-1965

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IN FOGLIZZO, PIEMONTE, ITALY THE CHILDREN HANG THEIR CHRISTMAS
STOCKINGS NOT TO RECEIVE PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS BUT TO RECEIVE
THEM ON EPIPHANY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 12-00-1977

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS DAY, AN UNCLE WOULD POSE AS SANTA CLAUS
AND HAND OUT GIFTS TO THE FAMILY. TO RECEIVE THE GIFTS EACH
MEMBER OF THE FAMILY HAD TO TELL A JOKE,
ASK A RIDDLE, OR SING A SONG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

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

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

AS A CHILD, MY NEIGHBOR WOULD ALWAYS DECORATE THE FIRE-
PLACE WITH GREENS AND STOCKINGS ALONG WITH HER
PARENTS. THEY ALSO MADE SURE THAT A FIRE WAS ALWAYS
KEPT IN THE FIREPLACE DURING THIS SEASON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Yule log

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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EVERY YEAR, SINCE THEY HAVE LIVED IN THE SUBURBS, THE
PARENTS HAVE HUNG HOMEMADE STOCKINGS ON THEIR CHILDREN'S
DOORS. WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES, THE STOCKINGS ARE FULL OF
GOODIES. THIS STEMS FROM AN OLDER TRADITION OF THEIRS:
HANGING HOMEMADE STOCKINGS ON THE FIREPLACE. HOWEVER,
SINCE THEY NOW HAVE NO FIREPLACE IN THEIR NEW HOME,
THEY HANG THEM ON THE DOORS INSTEAD.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF IT THROUGH HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

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

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

AS A CHILD, MY NEIGHBOR WOULD ALWAYS DECORATE THE FIRE-
PLACE WITH GREENS AND STOCKINGS ALONG WITH HER
PARENTS. THEY ALSO MADE SURE THAT A FIRE WAS ALWAYS
KEPT IN THE FIREPLACE DURING THIS SEASON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Yule log

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD, THEY ALWAYS HANG OUT STOCKINGS
FOR SANTA TO FILL ON THE FIREPLACE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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