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ST. STEPHEN'S DAY

THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS IS THE FEAST OF ST. STEPHEN WHO WAS THE
FIRST CHRISTIAN MARTYR. IN ORDER TO PAY RESPECT TO HIM THE FAMILY
IS TO THROW NUTS AT EACH OTHER BEFORE THE MAIN MEAL BECAUSE HE WAS
STONED TO DEATH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S FAMILY ACTUALLY DOES THIS EACH YEAR ON DECEMBER 26TH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ST. STEPHEN'S DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: 03-06-1971

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ST. STEPHENS DAY

DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, FRIENDS TAKE BAGS OF WALNUTS OR HICKORY NUTS
AND GO TO VISIT FRIENDS. THEY THROW THE NUTS AT THE VISITED IN
THE SAME MANNER THAT ST. STEPHEN WAS STONED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ST. STEPHENS DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: 09-18-1967

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

EVERY DECEMBER 28, OR ST. STEPHENS DAY, THE IRISH PEOPLE WOULD
PARADE AROUND THE VILLAGES CARRYING A HOLLY TREE WITH A WREN'S NEST
IN IT. THEY WOULD CHANT " THE WREN, THE WREN, THE KING OF ALL BIRDS
WAS CAUGHT IN THE FIRE ON ST. STEPHENS DAY; UP WITH THE KETTLE
AND DOWN WITH THE PAN, A PENNY OR THREEPENCE TO BURY THE WREN."

Submitter comment: THIS PROCESSION WOULD BE IN COSTUME AND THE PEOPLE WOULD HOLD OUT
THEIR POTS FOR DONATIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ST. STEPHENS DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: 09-21-1969

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ROCKY HELLO

ON THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, ST. STEPHENS DAY, YOUR NEIGHBORS COME
OVER AND THROW NUTS AT YOU.

Submitter comment: SYMBOLIC OF ST. STEPHEN'S STONING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ST. STEPHEN'S DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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HUNT THE WREN

ON ST. STEPHENS DAY CHILDREN GO FROM DOOR TO DOOR IN FANCY DRESS
SINGING AND DANCING FOR THE PEOPLE. THE CHILDREN ARE GIVEN
CHRISTMAS CAKE AND MONEY AS A REWARD.

Submitter comment: DONE IN IRELAND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): ST. STEPHENS DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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ST. STEPHEN'S NUT THROWING

BOYS AND GIRLS OR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES THROW CHRISTMAS NUTS AT
EACH OTHER AS A REMEMBRANCE OF THE STONING OF ST. STEPHEN; THE FIRST
MARTYR. THIS FUN THROWING CUSTOM USUALLY TAKES PLACE ON DECEMBER 26.

Submitter comment: POLISH RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

Where learned: OHIO ; Sylvania

Keyword(s): ST. STEPHEN'S DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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THIS CUSTOM WAS PRACTICED BY POLISH FARMERS YEARS AGO: ON THE DAY
AFTER CHRISTMAS, ST. STEPHEN'S, ANY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY WOULD TAKE
ANY NUTS AND FRUITS, GO INTO A BEDROOM WHERE A PERSON WAS SLEEPING,
THROW OFF THE COVERS AND THROW THE NUTS AND FRUITS ON THAT PERSON.
WHILE DOING THIS HE OR SHE WOULD SAY " ST. STEPHEN WAS HERE ".
THE PERSON WOULD THEN LEAVE THE ROOM.

Submitter comment: THE REASON FOR THIS WAS ST. STEPHEN WAS THE FIRST MARTYR AND WAS
STONED TO DEATH. THE NUTS AND FRUITS REPRESENT THE STONES.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ST. STEPHEN'S DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: 11-15-1969

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DECEMBER 26 ST. STEPHEN

IN POLAND, ON DECEMBER 26, MEN THROW OAKS AT WOMEN, IN THE
COUNTRY, AND COLOGNE IN THE CITY, TO REMIND THE PEOPLE OF THE FACT
THAT STEPHEN WAS KILLED BY ARROWS BEING SHOT AT HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ST. STEPHEN'S DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: 01-30-1968

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ST. STEPHEN'S DAY CUSTOM

IT IS A POLISH CUSTOM ON THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS TO VISIT ONE'S
RELATIVES AND SHOWER THEM WITH NUTS, WHICH REPRESENTS THE STONING
OF ST. STEPHEN.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ST. STEPHEN'S DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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ST. STEPHEN'S DAY

AMONG THE HUNGARIAN PEOPLE, ST. STEPHEN'S DAY, THE DAY AFTER
CHRISTMAS, IS HIGHLY CELEBRATED. THERE IS ABUNDANT FOOD AND DRINK
AND LOTS OF DANCING AND LAUGHTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ST. STEPHEN'S DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: 10-08-1968

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ST. STEPHEN'S DAY

ST. STEVEN@S DAY WAS A MEMORABLE DAY IN IRELAND, ITS SOMETHING LIKE
OUR HALLOWEEN, ONLY ADULTS AND TEENS PARTICIPATED IN IT. THEY COME
TO EVERY HOUSE AND SANG: " THE WRAN ( WREN ), THE WRAN THE KING
OF ALL THE BIRDS ST. STEVEN'S DAY HE WAS CAUGHT IN THE FURGE
ALTHOUGH HE IS LITTLE HIS FAMILY IS GREAT. I PRAY YOU YOUNG LADY
TO GIVE US A TRAIT ( TREAT ) SING HALLY, SING WY, SING WY, SING HALLY
TO KEEP A BAD CHRISTMAS IT IS BUT A FOLLY FOR CHRISTMAS COMES BUT
ONCE A YEAR AND WHEN IT COMES IT BRINGS GOOD CHEER." THE
PEOPLE OFTEN CARRIED WRENS THAT THEY CAUGHT THE DAY BEFORE ON A STICK
AS THEY WENT FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE THAT NIGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ST. STEPHEN'S DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: 11-18-1970

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RIDDLE

WHAT RELATION IS A DOOR TO A MAT?
A STEP-FATHER. A STEP FA(R)THER. A STEP FURTHER

Submitter comment: A STEP FARTHER
A STEP FURTHER

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

James Callow Keyword(s): STEPFATHER

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 05-00-1990

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Proverb

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; DISTANCE ; Journey ; Maxim ; Miles ; NUMBER ; PROVERB ; Single ; Step ; THOUSAND ; TRAVEL ; VERSE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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Language

In some country places stepping into cow manure is called "cutting your foot."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Colloquialism ; COUNTRY ; Cow ; Cutting ; Foot ; MANURE ; REGIONAL ; SLANG ; Step ; Term

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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IF YOU STEP OVER A LONG HANDLED TOOL, BROOM, RAKE, HOE,
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU STEP OVER IT BACKWARDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BROOM ; Handle ; Hoe ; LUCK ; Step ; Tool

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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IF YOU STEP OVER SOMEONE'S OUT STRETCHED LEGS, HE WILL
HAVE BAD LUCK UNLESS YOU STEP OVER THEM BACKWARDS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; GALLATIN

Keyword(s): Backwards ; BAD LUCK ; BODY ; LEGS ; Limb ; LUCK ; Step

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities
BELIEF -- Conversions Activities

Date learned: 08-20-1973

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN STEPS OVER HER HUSBAND DURING THE
FIRST MONTHS OF PREGNANCY, HE WILL BEAR THE LABOR PAINS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI ; Deovelente Road

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; HUSBAND ; Labor ; PAIN ; PREGNANCY ; Step ; TRANSFERENCE ; Wife

James Callow Keyword(s): COUVADE ; TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-21-1973

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WHEN SOMETHING FALLS, STEP ON IT BEFORE PICKING IT UP
OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bad ; BELIEF ; Falls ; Good ; LUCK ; Step ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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