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BEST DAY

THE BEST DAY IS TODAY.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER BELIEVES IN LIVING EACH DAY TO ITS FULLEST. HE HAS
TOLD ME THIS PROVERB MANY TIMES.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): CARPE DIEM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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BEST WORK

THE BEST WORK IS WHAT YOU LIKE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN A LETTER TO ME NOT LONG AGO BY MY GRANDFATHER.

Where learned: HOME ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTENTMENT ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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DRINK

HE'S ALWAYS AT THE BOTTLE

Submitter comment: HE ALWAYS DRINKS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Keyword(s): METONYMY: CONTAINER FOR THE CONTAINED. ; PHRASE METAPHOR DRINKING HABITS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

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CHRISTMAS DAY - JULOTTA

ACCORDING TO SWEDISH-LUTHERAN CUSTOM CHURCH SERVICES WERE HELD ON
CHRISTMAS DAY AT 6:00 IN THE MORNING. JULOTTA IN SWEDISH MEANS
LITERALLY CHRISTMAS MORNING HOUR. THE CHURCH WAS DECORATED WITH
SPRUCE, CNADLES AND TWO LARGE GAILY CHRISTMAS TREES FOR JULOTTA.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HAS MANY HAPPY MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS JULOTTA SERVICES.

Where learned: HOME ; ROUTE 1 ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Church

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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JULAFTON IS THE SWEDISH CHRISTMAS EVE FESTIVITY. THE ENTIRE FAMILY
SPENT THIS EVENING TOGETHER IN THEIR OWN HOME FEASTING ON SOME OF THE
DELECTABLE FOODS WHICH HAD BEEN PREPARED IN FORMER DAYS . OFTEN THE
FAMILY GATHERED FOR CHRISTMAS CAROLS AFTERWARD.

Submitter comment: JULAFTON FOR THE INFORMANT WAS THE HAPPIEST OF ALL THE SWEDISH
TRADITIONAL FESTIVALS.

Where learned: HOME ; ROUTE 1 ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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EPIPHANY

AMONG THE MINNESOTA SWEDES OF THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY FROM CHRISTMAS
DAY ONWARD A ROUND OF DINNER PARTIES OF RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WAS
ATTENDED UNTIL EPIPHANY OR THE 12TH DAY ENDED THE SEASON'S
FESTIVITIES.

Where learned: HOME ; ROUTE 1 ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39816
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 4
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 5
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 6 Twelfth Day Epiphany
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 28 Holy Innocents
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F123
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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GETTING MARRIED

"CHANGE YOUR NAME AND NOT THE LETTER,
CHANGE FOR WORSE AND NOT FOR BETTER."

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Keyword(s): MARRIAGE

James Callow Keyword(s): ELLIPSIS

Subject headings: 860 Belief
BELIEF -- Marriage
SPEECH -- FamilyGroup

Date learned: 01-30-1970

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HATE

THE MOST EXPENSIVE INDULGENCE IS HATE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN A LETTER TO ME NOT LONG AGO BY MY GRANDFATHER.

Where learned: HOME ; MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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THIS DAY WE FASHION DESTINY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF MY GRANDFATHER'S FAVORITE PROVERBS, AND
REFLECTS HIS BASIC PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE.

Where learned: HOME ; MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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WEAKNESS

THE THREE MICROBES OF WEAKNESS: REGRET, WORRY AND FEAR.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER FIRMLY BELIEVES IN NOT REGRETTING WHAT
IS ALREADY PAST.

Where learned: HOME ; MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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