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NEW YEAR'S

IN EUROPE DURING THE NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY, CARDS WERE SENT BY
PEOPLE TO THEIR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS IN MUCH THE SAME WAY AS
WE DO HERE FOR CHRISTMAS. ONCE A PERSON REACHED HIS LATE TEENS,
HE WOULD HAVE NAME CARDS PRINTED (COMPARABLE TO OUR BUSINESS
CARDS) AND WOULD SEND THEM TO RELATIVES. OFTEN, UNSIGNED OR
"MYSTERIOUS" CARDS WOULD BE SENT BETWEEN LOVERS, SECRET ADMIRERS,
ETC., AND THE RECEIVER WOULD HAVE TO GUESS WHO HAD SENT THE CARD.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH ; informant's residence

Keyword(s): ANONYMOUS ; CARDS ; GIFTGIVING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 11-01-1970

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA

EARLY IN DECEMBER, ON THE FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS, A MAN DRESSED AS
ST. NICK WOULD COME TO SCHOOL AND PASS OUT CANDY TO THE CHILDREN.
ON CHRISTMAS, THERE WAS NO SANTA CLAUS AND NO GIFTS WERE
EXCHANGED. ON THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS A FAMILY FROM THE END OF THE
VILLAGE WOULD GO TO SING CAROLS TO THEIR NEIGHBOR, THEN THE TWO
FAMILIES TOGETHER WOULD GO TO THE NEXT NEIGHBOR ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's residence

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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MEXICAN CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

A FIGURE IS CHOSEN TO PERSONIFY MARY AND ONE TO PERSONIFY JOSEPH.
THE TWO APPOINTEES VISIT EACH HOUSE IN A NAMED VICINITY ON CHRISTMAS
EVE. THEY GO FROM DOOR TO DOOR RECALLING THE JOURNEY OF THE HISTORIC
FIGURES.

Where learned: informant's residence

Keyword(s): MUMMING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY THE COLLECTOR

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CUSTOM

IT IS A POLISH CUSTOM TO BREAK OPLATEK (BREAD)
ON CHRISTMAS EVE. WHEN THOSE PRESENT EXCHANGE
BREAD THEY EXCHANGE A GREETING.

Where learned: informant's residence

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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Cradle Song

Here's a ball for baby, big and soft and round.
Here's a baby's hammer. Oh! how he can pound.
Here's a big umbrella to keep the baby dry.
Here's baby's cradle, rock-a-baby-bye.

Rock-a-by, don't you cry, we will go see granny. Up the hill, behind the mill to see the little lambie.

Baby is a sailor boy, sleep, baby, sleep.
The father is captain and mother is mate,
Sleep, baby, sleep.

(Song sung while rocking children to sleep.)

 

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; informant's residence

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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