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CHRISTMAS FOOD

IT IS A SLOVAK CUSTOM TO EAT CHRISTMAS FOOD IN THIS ORDER:
FIRST, UNLEAVENED BREAD DIPPED IN HONEY; SECOND, SOUR MUSHROOM AND
THIRD; HOME-MADE BREAD BALLS MIXED WITH POPPY-SEED, MILK AND HONEY.
THIS IS TO SYMBOLIZE THE SOUR AND SWEET IN LIFE.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ; CHRISTMAS ; Course ; CUSTOM ; Dish ; FOOD ; FOOD CUSTOM ; holiday ; RECIPE ; Slovak

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Menus

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CUSTOM ; CHRISTMAS BREAD

IT WAS TRADITIONAL TO BAKE CHRISTMAS BREAD. IT IS A RICH, ROUND,
VARIETY. IT IS SHAPED LIKE A WREATH WITH A FIGURE OF THE BABY JESUS.
ALSO WITH THIS LOAF ARE THE KEYS TO THE HOUSE, THE HAT OF THE
MAN OF THE HOUSE, A TABLE CLOTH AND HOLY WATER.

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THESE ITEMS WERE LEFT OVER THE NIGHT. SLOVAKIAN CUSTOM.

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Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Slovakian

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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