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PROVERB

DON'T PROMISE PEARS ON A WEEPING WILLOW TREE. (TRANSLATION)
GRUSZKI NA UREIZBIE OBIECYWAI. (POLISH)

Where learned: COLLECTED BY LETTER

Keyword(s): FOOD ; PLANT

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: NEGATIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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DIVINATION--CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

AT CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER, A CANDLE IS LIT. IF THE SMOKE GOES UP, ALL
THOSE SEATED AT THE TABLE WILL BE BACK THE FOLLOWING YEAR. IF THE
SMOKE GOES TOWARD A DOOR, ONE OF THE GUESTS WILL DIE BEFORE THE
NEXT CHRISTMAS EVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED BY LETTER

Keyword(s): DEATH ; PREDICTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Predictions
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F652 F652.44

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

PUTTING HAY UNDERNEATH THE TABLE CLOTH AT THE CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER,
IN MEMORY OF THE CHRIST CHILD LAYING IN THE HAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED BY LETTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Table setting and clearing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw

Date learned: 03-09-1970

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TO A GREEDY PERSON, EVERYTHING IS TASTEY.
LAKNA CEMY WSZYSTKO SMACZNE. (POLISH)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; COLLECTED BY LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-08-1970

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