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A CHILD'S BLESSING

GOD BLESS THE FATHER OF THIS HOUSE AND ITS MOTHER TOO/
AND ALL THE LITTLE CHILDREN THAT ROUND THE TABLE GO/ AND ALL YOUR
RELATIVES THAT LIVE FAR AND NEAR/ WISH THEM A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A
HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; TOLD IN ; TURNERS STATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.642
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards
BELIEF -- Prayer

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HOLY SATURDAY CUSTOM

IT IS A TRADITIONAL EUROPEAN CUSTON ON HOLY SATURDAY TO TAKE A BASKET
OF EASTER BREAD, BUTTER IN THE SHAPE OF A LAMB, AND EGGS TO BE
BLESSED BY THE PRIEST IN A CEREMONY IN WHICH ALL THE PEOPLE PARTICI-
PATE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER GIRL FRIEND MANY YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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Proverb

MAY YOUR LUCK BE AS LONG AS A RABBIT'S EARS, SORROW AS SHORT AS HIS TAIL.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 02-22-2011 by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Ear ; EARS ; LUCK ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Rabbit ; SORROW ; Tail ; VERSE

James Callow Keyword(s): WISH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance P880.3

Date learned: 06-09-1944

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WHEN YOU GO INTO A NEW CHURCH, ONE THAT YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN IN
BEFORE, YOU SHOULD MAKE A WISH AND SAY A HAIL MARY, AN OUR FATHER
AND A GLORY BE. YOUR WISH WILL BE GRANTED

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-10-1972

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LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR

WHEN THE SACRED HEART HOME FOR THE AGED WAS TO BE RELOCATED TO A NEW
SITE AND BUILDING THREE YEARS AGO IN TOLEDO, OHIO, THE SISTERS WENT
TO LOOK AT THE LAND THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE FOR THE NEW
BUILDING.
THEY FOUND THE LAND OUT IN THE COUNTRY, MADE SOME INQUIRIES AS TO
WHO OWNED THE LAND AND WOULD HE BE WILLING TO SELL AND FOR HOW MUCH
MONEY. THEY FOUND THAT IT WOULD BE NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THE
LAND, AT LEAST FROM OTHER PERSONS' OBSERVATIONS. THE DAY BEFORE
THEY WERE TO SEE THE OWNER ABOUT THE LAND, TWO OF THE SISTERS WENT
OUT AND SECRETLY BURIED A STATUE OF ST. JOSEPH ON THE FIELD THAT
THEY WANTED AND THEN THE WHOLE COMMUNITY OF SISTERS LAID SIEGE TO
ST. JOSEPH WITH PRAYERS. WHEN THEY SAW THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY
THE NEXT DAY, HE WAS MOST GENEROUS WITH THEM AND THEY RECEIVED THE
LAND, THOUGH HE WAS NOT EVEN A CATHOLIC.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS STORY BY ONE OF THE SISTERS WHO DID THE
BURYING OF THE STATUE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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PRAY TO SAINT ANTHONY TO FIND SOMETHING YOU HAVE LOST.

Submitter comment: COLLECTOR'S MOTHER IS ALWAYS PRAYING TO SAINT ANTHONY FOR SOMETHING
SHE LOST.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001960S

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AFTER FINISHING A TURKEY DINNER, BREAK THE WISHBONE WITH ANOTHER
PERSON AND EACH MAKE A WISH, THE ONE WHO GETS THE LARGER PART WILL
GET HIS WISH.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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PRAY TO SAINT JUDE WHEN THINGS LOOK HOPELESS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT PRAYED TO SAINT JUDE FOR A GIRL PROMISING TO NAME HER
{BABY} AFTER HIM. COLLECTOR NOW HAS A SISTER NAMED JUDY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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ON FEAST OF SAINT BLAIZE, CANDLEMAS, HAVE YOUR THROAT BLESSED BY A
PRIEST USING CROSSED CANDLES TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SORE THROATS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 3
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001950S

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SAINT CHRISTOPHER PROTECTS TRAVELERS. PRAY TO HIM BEFORE A JOURNEY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001960S

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GRANDPARENTS'
POLISH HOLY SATURDAY- SAMPLES OF THE EASTER BREAKFAST ARE TAKEN TO
THE CHURCH TO BE BLESSED AND ARE THEN MIXED WITH THE REST OF THE
BREAKFAST ON EASTER MORNING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- P663 P663.12

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

AS SOON AS I WAS OLD ENOUGH TO SAY THE HAIL MARY, MY MOTHER
TOLD ME I SHOULD ALWAYS SAY IT WHEN I HEARD A SIREN FOR A FIRE
ENGINE, AMBULANCE, OR POLICE CAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Prayer

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ON THREE KINGS' DAY, JANUARY 6, OUR FAMILY BURNED INCENSE AND WROTE
WITH BLESSED CHALK ABOVE THE ENTRANCE TO THE HOME THE INITIALS OF THE THREE KINGS. THIS WAS THE DAY THAT WE TOOK OUR CHRISTMAS TREE DOWN.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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ON EASTER SATURDAY, THE DAY BEFORE EASTER, WE TAKE FOOD TO CHURCH
TO BE BLESSED. EVERYONE SHARED THIS FOOD THE NEXT MORNING FOR
BREAKFAST, HARD BOILED EGGS, HAM, BREAD, BUTTER, SALT, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Palm Sunday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Season
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Elements
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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ON CHRISTMAS MORNING, AFTER MIDNIGHT MASS, OUR FAMILY ATE WHAT WE CALLED
ANGEL BREAD. (IT WAS A KIND OF UNLEAVENED BREAD THAT HAD BEEN BLESSED.)

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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WISHING

IF YOU MAKE A WISH AS SOON AS YOU SEE A ROBIN , THEN IT WILL COME
TRUE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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BELIEF WISHES

IF YOU THROW PENNIES IN A FOUNTAIN AND WISH FOR SOMETHING,
YOUR WISH
WILL COME TRUE

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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EASTER CUSTOM

A FEW DAYS BEFORE EASTER MY MOTHER WOULD TAKE A BASKET OF FOOD TO THE
PRIEST TO BE BLESSED. THIS WAS FOR GOOD HEALTH IN THE COMING YEAR.

Submitter comment: THE BASKET OF FOOD CONSISTED OF THE MAIN FOODS THE FAMILY ATE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MONROE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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CHURCH CUSTOM

WHEN YOU PASS A CHURCH, EITHER ON FOOT OR IN A CAR, YOU BOW YOUR
HEAD AND WHISPER, "JESUS, MARY, AND JOSEPH."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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WARTS

SAY YOUR PRAYERS OVER A WART AND IT WILL DISAPPEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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