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WASSELING

THEY DON'T HAVE HALLOWEEN IN ENGLAND. THEY HAVE WASSELING NEAR
CHRISTMAS.IT'S A DAY IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON SET ASIDE FOR KIDS TO
GO AND COLLECT CANDY, PRESENTS, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): BEGGING GIFT-GIVING ; WASSAIL WASSAILING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.

Date learned: 11-00-1974

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SUPERSTITION

THE IRISH HAVE A BELIEF THAT 2 SILVER DOLLARS SHOULD
BE PRESENTED TO A NEW INFANT, TO ASSURE MONETARY COMFORT
IN LIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 11-11-1974

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IRISH GIFT GIVING CUSTOM

ALWAYS PUT MONEY (SILVER) IN A WALLET OR PURSE THAT YOU ARE
GIVING AS A GIFT. THIS SHOWS YOU WISH THE PERSON TO BE
PROSPEROUS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS CUSTOM FROM HIS GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

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

Date learned: 11-22-1974

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NEW YEARS'S CUSTOM

ON NEW YEAR'S A BUNCH OF KIDS KNOCKED ON THE DOOR SHOUTING LET THE
NEW YEAR IN. RUN AROUND THE TABLE THREE TIMES SHOUTING LET THE NEW
YEAR IN AND GET MONEY ON WAY OUT - GO TO THE NEXT HOUSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): VISITING AND GIFT-GIVING ON NEW YEAR'S.

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: 11-30-1972

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WHEN WE VISITED SOMEONE FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE FIRST OF THE
YEAR WE HAD TO TAKE THEM SOMETHING. IF THE FAMILY WAS NOT
TAKEN SOMETHING THEY WOULD BE IN NEED FOR THE REST OF THE
YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING AT NEW YEAR'S SEASON

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 10-20-1972

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CUSTOMS

ON HALLOWEEN IN GREECE, THE KIDS GO FROM DOOR TO DOOR
KISSING THE HANDS OF THE GROWN-UPS. THEY THEN RECEIVE A
FEW PENNIES IN RETURN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ALLEN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F103
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 23 equinox to December 20 Also used for Advent.
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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CHRISTMAS EVE CUSTOM

EVERY CHRISTMAS EVE THE INFORMANT AND THE MEMBERS OF HER FAMILY
SECRETLY PUT SOME MONEY UNDERNEATH THE TABLECLOTH ON THE KITCHEN
TABLE. THE MONEY IS COLLECTED ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND LATER IN THE WEE
IT IS GIVEN TO A CHARITY.

Submitter comment: THIS TRADITION HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT BY THE INFORMANT'S FAMILY FOR TW
GENERATIONS. IT BEGAN WITH THE INFORMANT'S MOTHER WHO LEARNED IT AS
A CHILD IN AMERICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; REDFORD

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve

Date learned: 11-12-1979

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IT IS BAD LUCK IF SOME ONE GIVES YOU BABY ARTICLES AS SOON AS YOU
KNOW YOU ARE PREGNANT.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; TOLD AT HER HOME

Keyword(s): IMPLIED WARNING ; MISFORTUNE

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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CIGARS FOR BIRTH

IT IS A QUITE COMMON CUSTOM FOR A FATHER TO HAND OUT CIGARS TO HIS
FRIENDS AFTER HIS FIRST CHILD HAS BEEN BORN.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

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

Date learned: 02-22-1968

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IN YUGOSLAVIA IT IS A CUSTOM FOR A CHILD TO BRING A CANDY BAR TO
THE HOUSE IN WHICH HE VISITS.

Where learned: YUGOSLAVIA

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

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

Date learned: 00001960S

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AT WEDDINGS, THE BRIDE GETS TO KEEP ALL THE BILLS (MONEY) THAT
IS PINNED ON HER DRESS BY THE MEN THAT DANCE WITH HER.

Submitter comment: HE LEARNED THIS WHILE IN GERMANY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TROY

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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WE CELEBRATE ST. NICHOLAS DAY EVERY DECEMBER 6. A SMALL GIFT,
SUCH AS A PEN, CANDY BAR, OR NOTE PAD IS PLACED AT EACH CHILDS'
PLATE BEFORE DINNER. THIS ORIGINATED IN GERMANY AND WE HAVE BEEN
PRACTICING IT FOR TEN YEARS.

Where learned: ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: CA00001970

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A TRUE WAR STORY

WHEN I JOINED THE ARMY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR WE WERE USHERED IN
AT CAMP DODGE, IOWA. MY INTERVIEWER, A SOUTHERN LIEUTENANT,
DISCOVERED THAT MY FATHER HAD FOUGHT IN THE MICHIGAN CAVALRY IN
THE CIVIL WAR FOR THE NORTH AND THAT MY RELIGION WAS CATHOLIC.
SOUTHERNERS HAVE A TENDENCY TO DISLIKE US CATHOLICS. MONTHS
LATER AS I WAS SHOVELING COAL OFF A TRAIN GONDOLA, A MAJOR STEWART
ASKED ME WHAT I DID IN CIVILIAN LIFE. I EXPLAINED THAT I WAS AN
ACCOUNTANT. THE CAPTAIN HAD ME TRANSFERRED TO HIS OFFICE WHERE
I SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLACED TO BEGIN WITH. WHILE CHECKING FILES FOR
HIM I FOUND MY ENTERING INTERVIEW. IT SAID "THIS MAN CLAIMS HE WAS
AN ACCOUNTANT BUT NO DOUBT HE IS A FIRST CLASS LIAR. NOT TO BE
TRUSTED, APPEARANCE IS VERY TACKY." AS A BLOND, BLUE-EYED
INDIVIDUAL FROM A GERMAN BACKGROUND THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY A HIGHLY
SUBJECTIVE FALSE REPORT RESULTING FROM SOUTHERN PREJUDICES.
IT TOOK A YEAR WHILE IN FRANCE FOR THE REMARKS TO BE DELETED
FROM THE RECORD. THE CAPTAIN STEWART MENTIONED IS THE FAMOUS
JIMMY STEWART'S FATHER WHO WAS IN COMMAND OF MY ENTIRE ARMY
EXPERIENCE. JIMMY STEWART ALSO WROTE TO ME AFTER MY NEPHEW
WROTE TO HIM ABOUT MY EXPERIENCES WITH HIS FATHER.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER HAS THE CLEAREST, MOST HONEST BLUE EYES AND IS
ALWAYS GROOMED TO PERFECTION SO THE INTERVIEWER MUST HAVE
REALLY BEEN LIVING IN THE PAST WITH THE BACKWARD PREJUDICES.

Where learned: CAMP DODGE ; IOWA

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B479

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SLAVIC NEW YEAR'S TRADITION

ON NEW YEARS MORNING WE WENT DOOR TO DOOR TO THE NEIGHBORS
WITH AN APPLE. ALL THE NEIGHBORS WOULD SHOVE A COIN IN IT
FOR GOOD LUCK IN THE NEW YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BEGGING ; GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1941

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SUPERSTITION

NEVER GIVE AWAY YOUR FIRST, LAST, OR WHOLE PACK OF CIGARETTES TO
ANYONE OR YOU MAY BECOME ILL AND BAD LUCK WILL FOLLOW.
CO[ LINDA'S AUNT GAVE HER LAST CIGARETTE TO A FRIEND AND FROM THAT

Submitter comment: LINDA'S AUNT GAVE HER LAST CIGARETTE TO A FRIEND AND FROM THAT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Gifts

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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EVERY YEAR ON THE FIRST OF THE NEW YEAR, WE GIVE PRESENTS
TO EACH MEMBER OF MY FAMILY. THIS IS DONE BECAUSE IN GREECE, IT
IS SAINT BASIL'S DAY. SAINT BASIL IS THE GREEK SAINT OF
CHILDREN. HE BRINGS PRESENTS TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN GOOD THE
PREVIOUS YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights ; WHERE I LEARNED THIS

James Callow Keyword(s): GIFT-GIVING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-00-1972

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