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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

ON CHRISTMAS EVE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA, A SLOVAK FAMOLY WOULD RUN TO
THE WELL. THERE THEY WOULD WASH THEIR HANDS AND FACE WITH WELL
WATER. THEY WOULD RUN BACK TO THE HOUSE AND THEN WIPE AWAY THE
WATER. THIS WAS DONE BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): WASHING HANDS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve

Date learned: 02-25-1970

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CHRISTMAS BELIEF

YOUNG GIRLS SHOULD WASH THEIR FACES WITH SILVER DOLLARS ON CHRISTMAS
EVE SO THEY WILL HAVE BEAUTIFUL COMPLEXIONS.

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; WASHING

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

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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TRADITION

AT MIDNIGHT(CHRISTMAS) GET A PAIL OF WATER FROM THE WELL. IN THE
MORNING WE FOUND MONEY AND OURS TO KEEP. WASHED OUR HANDS AND FACE
WITH THAT WATER AND WE WOULD BE HEALTHY ALL YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC ; WASHING

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

Date learned: 11-22-1968

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SUPERSTITION

NO MATTER HOW I DID IN A COMPETITIVE SPORT, I STILL WANT
EVERYTHING WASHED. THINGS LIKE T-SHIRTS, SOCKS, UNDERWEAR
AND SOMETIMES THE WHOLE UNIFORM, MUST BE WASHED. MOST PEOPLE
WILL NOT WASH CERTAIN THINGS FOR FEAR THAT THEY WILL WASH
OUT THE GOOD SPIRITS. I WANT TO KEEP THOSE SPIRITS HAPPY
BY LOOKING GOOD ALL THE TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): WASHING OF CLOTHES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: CA00001972

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HAUNTED HOUSE AT MEMPHIS MICHIGAN

THE HAUNTED HOUSE AT MEMPHIS, MICHIGAN WAS DESERTED FOR 20 YEARS.
BUT YET EVERY MONDAY DIRRENCE (SIC) CLOTHES ARE REPORTED TO BE SEEN
HANGING ON A CLOTHESLINE. BONES ARE REPORTED ALSO SEEN IN THE
BASEMENT.

Submitter comment: FROM GRANDFATHER

Where learned: LIVING ROOM

James Callow Keyword(s): PHANTOM WASHING OF CLOTHES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 10-05-1967

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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT DID GEORGE WASHINGTON SAY WHEN HIS FATHER ASKED WHO CHOPPED
DOWN THE CHERRY TREE?
HE SAID, "I CANNOT TELL A LIE, POPEYE DID IT."

Submitter comment: "POPEYE" IS A PUN ON "POP, I" THEREFORE A DOUBLE MEANING

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): CONUNDRUM ; GEORGE WASHINGTON ; HISTORICAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 03-01-1970

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A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD NEVER HANG CLOTHES OUT ON A LINE
TO DRY. IF SHE DOES THE UMBILICAL CORD WILL BECOME WOUND
AROUND THE NECK OF HER UNBORN BABY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS TOLD TO THE INFORMANT BY STELLA ODOERFER, HIS
MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARLETTE

James Callow Keyword(s): WASHING CLOTHES

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

Date learned: 00001945CA

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IF YOU PUT SALT IN RINSING WATER, CLOTHES WON'T FREEZE WHEN
YOU HANG THEM OUT.

Where learned: HANDWRITTEN NOTES

Keyword(s): LAUNDRY WASHING

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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CUSTOM

ON EASTER MORNING, WHEN THE CHURCH BELLS RING, THE MOTHERS BATHE
THEIR BABIES SO IF THEY ARE FRIGHTENED OF ANYTHING, THE FRIGHT WILL
BE WASHED AWAY.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): bathing ; HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC ; WASHING ; WATER

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.12
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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