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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AFTER CHRISTMAS THE BOYS WOULD VISIT HOMES DRESSED AS A DEVIL
CARRYING A PITCHFORK AND SHEPHERDS WITH A STAR. THEY WOULD SING A
FEW CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND PUT ON A SHORT FUNNY PLAY. THE PLAY
USUALLY INVOLVED THE SHEPHERDS AND DEVIL FIGHTING EACH OTHER.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE IN POLAND FROM CHRISTMAS DAY UNTIL NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; POLAND ; Sterling Heights ; GOWARCZOW

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 28 Holy Innocents
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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PARODY OF CHRISTMAS SONG

(SUNG TO THE TUNE OF "WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE")
WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE
SMOKING ON A RUBBER CIGAR
IT WAS LOADED AND EXPLODED
OVER OUR FRANKINCENSE
OH-OH-OH
STAR OF WONDER, STAR OF LIGHT
THIS ONE DIED ON FRIDAY NIGHT
THIS ONE DIED ON SATURDAY, AND
THIS ONE DIED ON SUNDAY NIGHT

Submitter comment: I FIRST HEARD THIS SONG AT MY GRADE SCHOOL; (ST. MARY IN
MASSILLON, OHIO) USUALLY ONLY AROUND THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. ADULTS
DIDN'T SEEM TO KNOW IT, AND WERE SOMETIMES SHOCKED UPON HEARING
IT-- NOTABLY THE SCHOOL NUNS. FOR A WHILE I FORGOT ABOUT IT, BUT THEN
I HEARD IT AGAIN IN MY HIGH SCHOOL (CENTRAL CATHOLIC IN CANTON,
OHIO,) FROM OTHERS.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

THE BLACHE FAMILY CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS ON CHRISTMAS EVE. THE
CHILDREN WOULD GO DOWNSTAIRS AND WAIT, WHILE THE PARENTS
WOULD BRING OUT THE PRESENTS AND PUT THEM UNDER THE TREE.
THEN THE CHILDREN COULD COME UP, BUT THE FATHER WOULD MAKE
THEM STOP SEVERAL TIMES ON THE WAY AND "SING FOR THEIR
PRESENTS." THEY WOULD HAVE TO SING CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND ONLY
WHEN THE FATHER DECIDED THEY HAD SUNG ENOUGH AND WELL ENOUGH
COULD THEY RECEIVE THEIR PRESENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 00-01-960

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA

EARLY IN DECEMBER, ON THE FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS, A MAN DRESSED AS
ST. NICK WOULD COME TO SCHOOL AND PASS OUT CANDY TO THE CHILDREN.
ON CHRISTMAS, THERE WAS NO SANTA CLAUS AND NO GIFTS WERE
EXCHANGED. ON THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS A FAMILY FROM THE END OF THE
VILLAGE WOULD GO TO SING CAROLS TO THEIR NEIGHBOR, THEN THE TWO
FAMILIES TOGETHER WOULD GO TO THE NEXT NEIGHBOR ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's residence

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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CRAVAY

CRAVAY IS A ROUND, DOUGHNUT LIKE BREAD WHICH IS TRADITIONALLY
GIVEN AROUND CHRISTMAS IN BULGARIA TO THE CHRISTMAS CAROLLERS.
THIS IS GIVEN BY THE VILLAGERS IN APPRECIATION OF THE CAROLLERS'
SONGS.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT SAID THAT THE TRADITIONAL CAROLS WERE A COMBINATION
OF FOLK SONG--BLESSINGS, MEANT TO BLESS A HOUSE OR PEOPLE WITH
A MESSAGE OF PROPERITY (PROSPERITY).

Data entry tech comment:

COLLECTOR'S PUNCTUATION CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Updated by TRD

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): Bulgaria ; Carolers ; CHRISTMAS ; Cravay ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; tradition

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 03-21-1970

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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

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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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IT IS A POLISH CUSTOM TO SURROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND SING
ALL THE POLISH CHRISTMAS CAROLS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; HOLDEN HALL 319

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

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE EVERY YEAR OUR RELATIVES GET TOGETHER AND EXCHANGE
GIFTS AND SING.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 09-09-1969

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DZISIAJ W BETLEJEM (POLISH CHRISTMAS CAROL)

DZISIAJ W BETLEJEM, DZISIAJ W BETLEJEM
WESOLA NOWINA
ZE PANNA CZYSTA, ZE PANNA CZYSTA
PORODZILA SYNA
CHYSTUS SIE RODZI, NAS OSWOBODZI
ANIELI GRAJA, KROLE WITAJA,
PASTERZE SPIEWAJA BYDLETA KLEKAJE
CUDA CUDA OGLASZAJA.

TODAY IN BETHLEHAM, TODAY IN BETHLEHAM
JOYFUL NEWS
BECAUSE A HOLY VIRGIN, BECAUSE A HOLY VIRGIN
GAVE BIRTH TO A SON.
CHRIST IS BORN, WE ARE REDEEMED.
ANGELS PLAYED, KINGS CAME, SHEPHERDS SUNG, CATTLE KNELT,
GOOD TIDINGS ARE ANNOUNCED.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

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CHRISTMAS

ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA, THE VILLAGERS START CAROLING
AT ONE END OF TOWN AND GATHER MORE AND MORE PEOPLE UNTIL MOST OF
THE VILLAGE IS IN THE CROWD CAROLING.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): SONGS

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

Date learned: 03-02-1970

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CAROLING

AMONG THE UKRAINIANS, ON CHRISTMAS DAY GROUPS OF CAROLERS VISIT THE
UKRAINIAN HOMES SINGING ANCIENT CAROLS AND BRINGING GREETINGS.
THEY CARRY WITH THEM A LARGE STAR OF BETHLEHEM, MADE OF COLORFUL
PAPER AND WOOD, LIT WITH A CANDLE (OR NOW AN ELECTIC LIGHT).
OR THE CAROLERS WILL CARRY A MINIATURE MANGER ("WERTEP") WITH
HAND CARVED WOODEN FIGURES. ANOTHER CUSTOM WHICH HAS ALMOST
PASSED AWAY IS THAT OF PRESENTING LITTLE SKITS WITH MEMBERS
OF THE GROUP DRESSED IN APPROPRIATE COSTUMES: AN ANGEL,
THREE KINGS, SHEPHERDS, AND A COMICAL CHARACTER FOR A TOUCH OF
HUMOUR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: DRAMA -- Religious
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

BEGINNING THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS UNTIL THE FEAST OF THREE KINGS,
CHILDREN IN POLAND WOULD GO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE CAROLING. THE OLDER
"KOLEDNIKI" WOULD DRESS AS ANGELS, DEVILS, MULES, ETC., AND THEY
USUALLY RECEIVE DONATIONS OF MONEY. THE YOUNGER ONES WOULD
USUALLY RECEIVE EITHER A SCOOP OF WHEAT, RYE OR OATS WHICH THEY WOULD
TAKE TO THE STORE AND REDEEM FOR MONEY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT'S CHILDREN IN THEIR YOUTH DID PRACTICE THIS CUSTOM
IN THIS COUNTRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MUMMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39816
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 28 Holy Innocents
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 02-07-1971

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CHRISTMAS CAROL

WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE
TRIED TO SMOKE A RUBBER CIGAR... BOOM

WE TWO KINGS OF ORIENT ARE
TRIED TO SMOKE A RUBBER CIGAR... BOOM

I ONE KING OF ORIENT ARE
TRIED TO SMOKE A RUBBER CIGAR... BOOM

SILENT NIGHT, ETC, ETC, ETC...

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): PARODY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 10-22-1968

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CHRISTMAS IN GREECE

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CAROLING IS DONE BY THE CHILDREN WHO
MAKE THEIR OWN INSTRUMENTS AND THEN GO FROM DOOR TO DOOR.

Where learned: MARYGROVE COLLEGE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

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CHRISTMAS DAY - JULOTTA

ACCORDING TO SWEDISH-LUTHERAN CUSTOM CHURCH SERVICES WERE HELD ON
CHRISTMAS DAY AT 6:00 IN THE MORNING. JULOTTA IN SWEDISH MEANS
LITERALLY CHRISTMAS MORNING HOUR. THE CHURCH WAS DECORATED WITH
SPRUCE, CNADLES AND TWO LARGE GAILY CHRISTMAS TREES FOR JULOTTA.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HAS MANY HAPPY MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS JULOTTA SERVICES.

Where learned: HOME ; ROUTE 1 ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

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

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS A GROUP OF PEOPLE MAKE THEIR ROUNDS FROM
HOUSE TO HOUSE, SINGING AND EXTENDING CHRISTMAS GREETINGS. THIS
GROUP CONSISTS OF A GHOST, REPRESENTING THE HOLY GHOST, A DEVIL,
THREE MEN CARRYING THE CHILD, REPRESENTING THE THREE WISE MEN, AND
THE CENTER OF THE GROUP, A MAN DRESSED IN AN OLD SHEEPSKIN COAT CALLED
THE KUBA ZUBA.

Submitter comment:

This was collected 12-25-66 from my parents who were remembering how Christmas was celebrated when they were young.
 

Keyword(s): MUMMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 12-25-1966

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MASS OF THE ROOSTER

NINE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN THE PHILIPPINES THERE IS SELLING OF
CAKES ON THE STREETS. THEN, ON CHRISTMAS EVE THE FAMILY HAS A BIG
DINNER LIKE OUR THANKSGIVING DINNER. AT 4 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING
THE PEOPLE GO TO THE MASS OF THE ROOSTER WHICH IS MASS AT 4:00 IN
THE MORNING. AFTER MASS THERE ARE TRUCKS WHICH HAVE BANDS ON THEM
AND PLAY CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR THE PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F121
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Church

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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JULAFTON IS THE SWEDISH CHRISTMAS EVE FESTIVITY. THE ENTIRE FAMILY
SPENT THIS EVENING TOGETHER IN THEIR OWN HOME FEASTING ON SOME OF THE
DELECTABLE FOODS WHICH HAD BEEN PREPARED IN FORMER DAYS . OFTEN THE
FAMILY GATHERED FOR CHRISTMAS CAROLS AFTERWARD.

Submitter comment: JULAFTON FOR THE INFORMANT WAS THE HAPPIEST OF ALL THE SWEDISH
TRADITIONAL FESTIVALS.

Where learned: HOME ; ROUTE 1 ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

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

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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CUSTOM-POLISH

THE CHRISTMAS EVE CEREMONY IS CALLED VIGELIA. IT BEGINS WHEN THE
FATHER OF THE HOUSE SEES THE FIRST STAR IN THE SKY. THEN THE FAMILY
SITS DOWN FOR DINNER. THE TABLE IS SET FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY--
BROTHERS, SISTERS, IN-LAWS, NIECES, NEPHEWS, ETC.,--WITH ONE
EXTRA PLACE IN CASE COMPANY SHOULD COME. UNDER THE TABLE CLOTH ARE
LITTLE PIECES OF STRAW TO SYMBOLIZE THE MANGER. THERE IS FASTING
ON THIS DAY--NO MEAT. THE DINNER CONSISTS OF 12 DIFFERENT
FOODS, SYMBOLIZING THE 12 APOSTLES--SUCH AS WINE, MUSHROOM SOUP,
HERRING, PEROGIA (A DOUGH AND CHEES DISH), BOILED PERCH, BOILED
POTATOES AND MASHED POTATOES, AND RELISHES. THERE IS ALSO A
LARGE HOST CALLED OPTATKE. THE FATHER AND THE MOTHER BREAK OFF A
PIECE OF THE HOST AND WISH EACH OTHER HEALTH AND HAPPINESS. THEY
THEN GO TO THE OLDEST SON AND HE TAKES A PIECE OFF THE HOST AND
A PIECE FROM BOTH THE MOTHER'S AND THE FATHER'S AND WISHES THEM
HEALTH AND HAPPINESS AND THIS IS PASSED THROUGH THE FAMILY LIKE THIS.
IT IS TO SYMBOLIZE UNITY. THEN TRADITIONAL POLISH CAROLES ARE
SUNG.

Submitter comment:

(STILL DONE IN AMERICA?) YES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FAMILY UNITY ; FOOD ; holiday ; Vegetarian ; VIGELIA

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.86
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 11-04-1968

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