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LITHUANIAN-AMERICAN CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL

ON CHRISTMAS EVE, THE TRADITIONAL EVENING MEAL CONSISTED OF
CHRISTMAS WAFERS, SAUERKRAUT SOUP, PORRIDGE, FISH, PEAS, BREAD,
AND BUTTER.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

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LEAP FROG

SEVERAL CHILDREN WOULD GET DOWN ON THEIR HANDS AND KNEES FORMING
A LINE. THE LAST CHILD IN THE LINE WOULD GET UP AND JUMP OVER
THE OTHER CHILDREN. HE WOULD THEN GET DOWN ON HIS HANDS AND KNEES.
THE CHILD AT THE END OF THE LINE WOULD THEN DO THE SAME.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): VAULTING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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JACK ROCKS

THE CHILD WOULD SPREAD OUT SMALL ROCKS OR STONES. HE WOULD THEN
PICK UP AS MANY STONES AS HE COULD BEFORE THE BALL BOUNCED A
SECOND TIME.

Submitter comment: STONES WERE USED INSTEAD OF METAL JACKS BECAUSE THE FAMILY
WAS TOO POOR AND COULD NOT AFFORD TO BUY METAL JACKS.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Toy

Date learned: 00-00-1926

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NEW YEAR'S EVE

ALL CHURCH BELLS WOULD RING AT MIDNIGHT.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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LITHUANIAN-AMERICAN PALM SUNDAY CUSTOMS

WHEN THE FAMILY WOULD COME HOME FROM CHURCH, THEY WOULD HIT
EACH OTHER WITH THE PALMS THAT THEY HAD RECEIVED, IN ORDER TO
REMIND THE INDIVIDUAL THAT HOLY WEEK IS BEGINNING AND THE
PASSION AND DEATH OF CHRIST WAS SOON TO BEGIN.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): RITUAL WHIPPING

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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HALLOWEEN CUSTOMS

INSTEAD OF GOING OUT ON DEVIL'S NIGHT, THE CHILDREN WOULD USUALLY
GO OUT ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT AND UPSET TOILETS THAT WERE OUTSIDE IF
THE PEOPLE WOULD NOT GIVE THEM A TREAT.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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WEDDING NIGHT

IF THE COUPLE WOULD NOT GO ON A HONEYMOON, NEIGHBORS WOULD
SERENADE OUTSIDE THEIR HOME, UNTIL THEY RECEIVED A TREAT OR DONATION

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serenade Charivari
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Disturbing bride and groom Charivari Shivaree Belling

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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HOLY WEEK CUSTOM

THE FAMILY WOULD FAST DURING HOLY WEEK AND ABSTAINED FROM MEAT
AND SWEETS FROM HOLY WEDNESDAY TO EASTER SUNDAY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Holy Week

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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COUNTING GAME

THE MOTHER WOULD LAY TOOTHPICKS ON THE TABLE. THE CHILD WOULD
WOULD HAVE TO COUNT THE TOOTHPICKS. THE MOTHER WOULD THEN
EITHER ADD OR SUBRACT TOOTHPICKS. THE CHILD WOULD THEN COUNT THEM
AGAIN. THIS WOULD BE DONE OVER AND OVER UNTIL THE CHILD KNEW HOW
TO COUNT ACCURATELY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; TEACHING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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SWINGING PRETTY

AT LEAST TWO OR THREE CHILDREN PLAYED THIS GAME. ONE PERSON WOULD
BE "IT". THEY WOULD SWING THE OTHER CHILD AROUND AND THEN LET GO.
THE FUNNIEST OR PRETTIEST POSITION OR FACE THAT THE CHILD WOULD
LAND IN WOULD BE THE WINNER. THE CHILD WHO WAS "IT" WOULD DETERMINE
THE WINNER. THE WINNER THEN WOULD BECOME "IT".

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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IF YOU WISH SOMETHING GOOD ON THE THIRD SNEEZE, THE WISH WILL
COME TRUE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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SHINNY ON YOUR OWN SIDE

ONLY TWO PEOPLE WERE ALLOWED TO PLAY AT ONE TIME. EACH OF
THE CHILDREN WOULD GET A STICK AN DRAW A LINE DOWN THE MIDDLE OF
A CERTAIN AREA OF LAND. EACH WOULD STAY ON THEIR OWN SIDE OF THE
LINE AND ATTEMPT TO HIT A TIN CAN DOWN TO THEIR GOAL WHICH WAS AT
ON ONE OF THE ENDS OF THE LINE.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00-00-1928

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ITCHING THE NOSE

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, THAT MEANS THAT YOUR BOYFRIEND IS COMING.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams P841.72

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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ITCHING THE NOSE

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, THAT MEANS THAT YOU WILL KISS A FOOL.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams P841.42

Date learned: 00-00-1929

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