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POLISH CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS

CHRISTMAS IS A BELOVED HOLIDAY FOR THE POLISH PEOPLE. BEGINNING AT
SUNDOWN, THE FAMILY SITS DOWN TO THE EVENING MEAL. THIS MEAL IS
MEATLESS AND CONSISTS OF NINE COURSES. WHEN THE FIRST EVENING STAR
APPEARS THE MEAL BEGINS. STRAW IS PLACED UNDERNEATH A WHITE
TABLECLOTH TO SIGNIFY CHRIST'S BIRTH IN A MANGER. A CHRISTMAS WAFER
CALLED "OPLATEK" IS SHARED WITH EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY BEGINNING
WITH THE FATHER. GOOD HEALTH, GOD'S BLESSINGS AND JOY IS EXTENDED
TO ALL. THIS COMPLETED, THE MEAL BEGINS. THE SOUP IS CREAMED
MUSHROOM. FOLLOWING WE HAVE PIEROGI (DUMPLINGS) WITH CABBAGE OR
POTATO AND CHEESE. WE ALSO HAVE A VARIETY OF FISH. COLD HERRING,
FISH IN GELATIN (GALARECIE), BAKED FISH, RYE BREAD AND SAUR KRAUT
PREPARED WITH MUSHROOMS. COFFEE AND BABKA FOR DESERT. AFTER THE
PEOPLE RETURN FROM MIDNIGHT MASS THEY BRING OUT THE BAKED HAM AND
HOMEMADE KIELBASA WHICH EVERY GOOD POLAK MAKES HIMSELF AND THEY EAT,
DRINK AND MAKE MERRY.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; informant's home ; 25940 MADISON CT, S. ; St. Clair Shores

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ; FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: 122 122.7
686 686.1.9
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve F122.82
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Straw
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Church

Date learned: 11-01-1971

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CHRISTMAS DAY IN POLAND

CHRISTMAS DAY IN POLAND FINDS THE TABLES LADEN WITH FOOD. THEIR
FAVORITE KIELBASA, HAM AND BEEF CAN BE SEEN. ALSO, THE BEST IN
POLISH WINES, THEIR FAVORITE BAKED GOODS ARE SHARED WITH FAMILY
AND FRIENDS. NEIGHBORS VISIT ONE ANOTHER AND SING KOLENDY OUTSIDE
THEIR DOORS, A CUSTOM EVERYONE THOROUGHLY ENJOYS--SO THE DAY GOES--A HAPPY TIME FOR ALL.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share same surname.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; informant's home ; St. Clair Shores ; 25940 MADISON CT., S.

Subject headings: 122 Christmas
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Songs, caroling

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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LOOP THE SPOOK

ON ROMEO PLANK ROAD AND 33 IN ROMEO, MICHIGAN, THERE IS A LITTLE
BRIDGE. YOU PARK YOUR CAR ON THE BRIDGE AND WAIT. A RED LIGHT COMES
OUT OF THE FIELD AND TOWARD YOUR CAR. YOUR CAR STARTS ROCKING. THE
EIGHT FOOT TALL GHOST OF A MAN WHO WAS MURDERED OUT THERE LIVES
UNDER THE BRIDGE AND COMES OUT WHENEVER A CAR COMES.

Submitter comment:

DID NOT BELIEVE THE LEGEND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; St. Clair Shores

James Callow Keyword(s): MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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Christmas Day in Poland

Christmas Day in Poland finds the tables laden with food. Their favorite kielbasa, ham, beef can be seen. Also, the best in Polish wines, their favorite baked goods are shared with family and friends, Neighbors visit one another and sing kolendy outside their doors, a custom everyone thoroughly enjoys--so the day goes--a happy time for all.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; informant's home ; St. Clair Shores

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F122

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Luck

If you find a spinning safety pin, pick it up and say 1,2,3 good luck for me, make a wish while pinning it on you then leave it on the item until the wish comes true.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; informant's home ; St. Clair Shores

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

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