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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS TIME, THE CHURCH ORGANIST OF ST. PETER & PAUL
SELLS A SMALL WAFER CALLED OPLATIKA. THEY ARE SQUARE
AND TASTE LIKE A COMMUNION TYPE HOST. AFTER MIDNIGHT MASS,
THE FAMILIES HAVE A DINNER AT WHICH EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY
BREAKS OFF A PIECE AND EATS IT.

Submitter comment:

[St. Peter & Paul is a] Roman Catholic [church.]

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM ; ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

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

Date learned: 11-02-1969

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DONALD DUCK

DONALD DUCK WAS A ONE LEGGED, ONE LEGGED, ONE LEGGED DUCK.
DONALD DUCK WAS A TWO LEGGED, TWO LEGGED, TWO LEGGED DUCK.
DONALD DUCK WAS A THREE LEGGED,
THREE LEGGED, THREE LEGGED DUCK.
DONALD DUCK WAS A FOUR LEGGED, FOUR LEGGED, FOUR LEGGED DUCK.

Submitter comment:

Informant heard this on the school playground.


 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's home

Keyword(s): ACTION RHYME ; CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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Jump-Rope Rhyme

DOWN IN THE VALLEY, WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS,
THERE SAT   (NAME)   AS SWEET AS A ROSE.
ALONG CAME   (NAME)   AND KISSED HER ON THE LIPS.
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECIEVE?

THE PERSON JUMPS UNTIL SHE MISSES.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 03-01-1971

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Rope-Jumping Rhyme

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN GREEN
WENT UPSTAIRS TO EAT ICE-CREAM.
CINDERELLA DRESSED IN LACE.
WENT UPSTAIRS TO POWDER HER FACE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

Where learned: informant's home

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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SAILOR AND THE SEA

A SAILOR WENT TO SEA SEA SEA
TO SEE WHAT HE COULD SEE SEE SEE.
BUT ALL THAT HE COULD SEE SEE SEE
WAS THE BOTTOM OF THE DEEP BLUE SEA SEA SEA.

Submitter comment:

(NEIGHBORHOOD ROPE SKIPPING RHYME)

Where learned: informant's home

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 08-05-1964

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LONG LEGS

HAVE YOU EVER EVER IN YOUR LONG-LEGGED LIFE,
SEEN A LONG-LEGGED SAILOR, WITH A LONG-LEGGED WIFE?
NO, I'VE NEVER NEVER IN MY LONG-LEGGED LIFE
SEEN A SAILOR WITH A LONG-LEGGED WIFE.

Submitter comment:

(SCHOOL JUMPING ROPE SONG)

Where learned: informant's home

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; PLAIN-JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 08-05-1964

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JUMP ROPE SONG

MABEL, MABEL SET THE TABLE
BUT DON'T FORGET THE RED HOT PEPPERS.

Submitter comment:

THE CHILDREN THEN TURN THE ROPE AS FAST AS THEY CAN UNTIL THE PERSON WHO IS JUMPING MAKES A MISTAKE.

Where learned: informant's home

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; SPEED-JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 01-22-1968

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Cinderella

CINDERELLA DRESSED IN YELLOW
WENT DOWNTOWN TO SEE HER FELLOW.
ON THE WAY HER PANTS THEY BUSTED
AND MANY BOYS BECAME DISGUSTED.

Where learned: informant's home

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 08-05-1964

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Rope-Jumping Rhyme

CINDERELLA, DRESSED IN YELLOW,
WENT DOWNTOWN TO MEET HER FELLOW;
ON HER WAY HER GIRDLE BUSTED,
HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE DISGUSTED.
(10, 20, 30, etc.)

Where learned: informant's home

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 10-05-1968

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O DOCTOR!

DOCTOR, DOCTOR, CAN YOU TELL,
WHAT WILL MAKE MY MOTHER WELL?
SHE IS SICK AND ABOUT TO DIE,
AND THAT WILL MAKE MY DADDY CRY!
 

Submitter comment:

NEIGHBORHOOD ROPE SKIPPING RHYME

Where learned: informant's home

Keyword(s): ACTION RHYME ; CHARACTER ; PLAIN JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 08-05-1964

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DOWN IN THE MEADOW

DOWN IN THE MEADOW
WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS,
THERE SAT PATSY
AS PRETTY AS A ROSE.
ALONG CAME TOMMY
AND KISSED HER ON THE CHEEK.
HOW MANY TIMES DID HE KISS HER?
ONE, TWO, THREE.

(NEIGHBORHOOD ROPE JUMPING RHYME)

Where learned: informant's home

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 08-05-1964

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Kissed in the Valley

DOWN IN THE VALLEY WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS,
THERE SAT (      )* AS SWEET AS A ROSE,
ALONG CAME (     )** AND KISSED HER ON THE NOSE,
HOW MANY KISSES DID SHE RECEIVE?

(JUMPS IN "RED HOT PEPPER" FASHION UNTIL A MISS.)

* ONE'S OWN NAME
** NAME OF A BOY

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.
 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; informant's home

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE JUMP ; SPEED-JUMP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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BREAKING BREAD

IT IS A POLISH CUSTOM TO ALL GATHER THE
WHOLE FAMILY ON CHRISTMAS EVE, AND HAVE
UNLEAVENED BREAD, CALLED OPLATEK, A WAFER.
THE WHOLE FAMILY EACH HAS A PIECE AND THEY
GO AROUND TO EVERY OTHER MEMBER, BREAK OFF A
PIECE AND EXCHANGE IT, WISHING THEM A MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANT'S HOME

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82

Date learned: 03-12-1970

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CUSTOM

ON THE DAY AFTER EASTER, THE FIRST GIRL A BOY SAW, HE WOULD SPRINKLE
HER WITH WATER. HOWEVER BOYS ARE BOYS WHEREVER YOU GO AND THEY
USUALLY USED A WHOLE BUCKET OF WATER ON EVERY GIRL THEY MET. THEIR
GIRL FRIENDS THEY SPRINKLED WITH PERFUME OR COLOGNE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs Added / 02-28-2011 / TRD
Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: TAYLOR ; Michigan Consolidated Gas Company ; informant's home

Keyword(s): Boy ; Cologne ; COURTSHIP ; CUSTOM ; DYNGUS DAY ; Female ; Flirt ; Flirtation ; Girl ; holiday ; Male ; Perfume ; RITUAL ; Scent ; WATER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Monday Dyngus

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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NEW YEAR'S DAY

IF YOU EAT CHICKEN ON NEW YEAR'S YOU WILL SCRATCH YOUR WAY THROUGH
THE YEAR. IF YOU EAT PORK YOU WILL BE PIGGY AND GRAB EVERYTHING.

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT BELIEVES THIS AND CHICKEN IS NEVER SERVED ON NEW
YEAR'S IN HER HOUSE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; informant's home

Subject headings: 870
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CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Fixed DateFor specific dates, use the following system: F640.0101
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- Bird

Date learned: 01-23-1971

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WHISTLING

GIRLS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WHISTLE BECAUSE THE BLESSED MOTHER
WOULD TURN HER HEAD AND CRY.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.
SHE PRACTICED THIS WHEN YOUNG, BUT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE
TRUTH OF IT NOW. (1920s).

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; informant's home

Keyword(s): Blessed Mother ; BLESSED VIRGIN ; Cry ; Female ; Feminine ; Girls ; Holy Mother ; Ladylike ; Whistle

James Callow Keyword(s): VANITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
SPEECH -- Extra Corporal Means of Communication

Date learned: 10-02-1971

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TO DANCE IS SIN

MY MOTHER SAYS," IF YOU TANCE HERE YOU TANCE IN HELL."

Data entry tech comment:

Probably collected in Detroit, Michigan.

Where learned: informant's home

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-01-1968

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Superstition: Pregnancy

IF A HARE PASSES IN FRONT OF A PREGNANT WOMAN, HER CHILD WILL BE BORN
WITH A HARELIP UNLESS SHE MAKES A TEAR IN HER SLIP.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added and information updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN ; informant's home

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; BELIEF ; CURSE ; Deformity ; Hare ; Offspring ; PREGNANCY ; Rabbit ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 01-22-1970

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Proverbial Saying

To keep your wife at home: keep her barefoot or keep her pregnant.

Submitter comment:

This saying was especially popular during World War II.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD
Informant and collector share the same surname and residence.

James Callow comment:

Duplicate

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; informant's home

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; MARRIAGE ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; VERSE ; Wife

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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JOHNNY'S LICKINS

JOHNNY OVER THE OCEAN,
JOHNNY OVER THE SEA,
JOHNNY BROKE A BOTTLE AND BLAMED IT ON ME.
I TOLD MA,
MA TOLD PA,
JOHNNY GOT A LICKIN' AND A HA-HA-HA
HOW MANY LICKINS DID JOHNNY GET?

(JUMPS AT DOUBLE SPEED--RED HOT PEPPERS--UNTIL A MISS)

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and residence.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; informant's home

Keyword(s): CHARACTER ; ENDURANCE JUMP ; Speed Jump

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 11-10-1968

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