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Welcoming bags

An old custom used to light the path to your home for friends
and strangers was to place a candle in paper bags full of sand and
light them. This was not only a means of lighting the path, but a
symbol of welcome and friendship.

Submitter comment: During Chesaning's annual Christmas walk, during the week-end
following Thanksgiving, the entire town is lined with these paper
bags. The bags line the main street and entrances to the shops
from the beginning of town to the end of town. It's truly a sight
to behold!

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; shopkeeper ; Chesaning

James Callow Keyword(s): Luminaria

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve

Date learned: 00001980S

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