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WHEN SETTING THE TABLE FOR CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER, AN EXTRA PLATE IS
ALWAYS PUT OUT FOR THE "UNINVITED GUEST." THIS IS DONE BECAUSE OF THE
BELIEF THAT CHRIST MIGHT COME TO THE HOME IN THE FORM OF A NEEDY
INDIVIDUAL SEEKING FOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): CHARITY ; POLISH CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Food container
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-00-1975

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TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL

ON CHRISTMAS EVE OF EVERY YEAR, THE RYGIEL FAMILY HAS DINNER
TOGETHER. ALL MY RELATIVES INCLUDING MY AUNTS, UNCLES, COUSINS AND
OF COURSE MY GRANDMOTHER SHARE THE TRADITIONAL MENU. IT IS CALLED
WIGELIA

Submitter comment: ANTOINETTE, THE GRANDMOTHER IS LISTED HERE AS THE INFORMANT SINCE
UNTIL LATE SHE WAS THE HOSTESS.

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; POLISH CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Menus

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ONE EMPTY CHAIR IS PLACED AT THE TABLE DURING CHRISTMAS
SUPPER FOR ANY POOR BEGGAR OR SUCH WHO MIGHT WANDER
IN. SUCH A PERSON IS ALWAYS INVITED IN AND FED.

Submitter comment:

Polish [custom]

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Keyword(s): POLISH CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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