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ON FEBRUARY 1ST, MRS. CHRISTMAN MAKES THE SIGN OF THE CROSS WITH
CORNSTARCH ON EVERY DOORWAY IN HER HOME. THIS, SHE SAID,
SYMBOLIZES THAT GOD WILL GUARD THE HOME FROM EVIL FOR THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVED IN THIS RITUAL.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; DALLAS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 1
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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SOUR DOUGH

SISTER MEL SAID THAT IN MISSOURI, THE OLDER WOMEN KEEP THEIR BAKING
DOUGH IN STONE CROCKS. AS THEY USE THE DOUGH, THEY REPLENISH THE
CROCK WITH THE SAME AMOUNT. THEY BELIEVE THERE IS ALWAYS SOME OF THE
ORIGINAL DOUGH LEFT IN THE CROCK. THIS AGING OF THE DOUGH,
SUPPOSEDLY ENRICHES THE DOUGH, THEREFOR IMPROVING THE FLAVOR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT BELIEVED IT TO BE A MAJOR CUSTOM OF THE PEOPLE AROUND
WHERE SHE LIVED.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; DALLAS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Food container

Date learned: 03-20-1972

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VICTORY TABLE - CHRISTMAS DAY

ON CHRISTMAS DAY, MY MOTHER INSISTS WE STAY AT HOME. SHE
FIRMLY BELIEVES THAT THIS IS A DAY FOR FAMILIES TO BE TOGETHER
AND THAT IT IS NO TIME TO GO VISITING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT HER MOTHER LEARNED THIS CUSTOM FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; DALLAS ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): VISITING TABU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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What do ghosts eat for breakfast?
Answer: Ghoast Toasties.

Where learned: TEXAS ; DALLAS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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What can speak in every language but never went to school?
Answer: An echo.

Where learned: TEXAS ; DALLAS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-02-1992

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ON THE DAY OF HER WEDDING SHOWER, AMY SERVED JORDAN
ALMONDS (CANDY COATED ALMONDS, IN VARIOUS PASTEL
COLORS) AS A SIGN FOR HOPEFUL FERTILITY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THIS IS A WELL KNOWN CUSTOM.

Where learned: TEXAS ; DALLAS

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Bridal shower

Date learned: 02-17-1972

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"OUTEN THE LIGHT"

Submitter comment: THIS IS SAID INSTEAD OF PUT OUT THE LIGHT.
INFORMANT USES THIS PHRASE ALL THE TIME.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; DALLAS ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-18-1972

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"READY UP THE ROOM."

Submitter comment: THIS IS SAID TO MEAN STRAIGHTEN THE ROOM. THIS PHRASE
IS ALWAYS USED BY THE INFORMANT.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; DALLAS ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 02-15-1972

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