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THE BOSS OF THE PLANT BELIEVES THAT THERE WILL BE A GOOD
WORK YEAR IF EVERYONE WORKS ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW
YEAR, SO EVERYONE MUST COME IN TO WORK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER HUSBAND.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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ON NEW YEAR'S EVE AT MIDNIGHT, YOU CAN SEE THE FUTURE IF
YOU WALK BACKWARDS AND LOOK INTO A MIRROR. YOU WILL SEE
YOUR BOYFRIEND IN THE MIRROR, AND YOU CAN SOMETIMES SEE
THE DEVIL IN IT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID SHE ONCE HAD THE MIRROR READY TO LOOK AT
MIDNIGHT BUT SHE GOT SCARED AND PUT IT AWAY BECAUSE SHE
WAS AFRAID SHE WOULD SEE THE DEVIL.
GRANDMOTHER OF COLLECTOR=MRS. MARY ABRAMS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Use of Object
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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AN OLD IRISH SUPERSTITION: ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, THE FIRST
PERSON THAT COMES TO THE DOOR OF YOUR HOUSE MUST BE A
TALL, DARK, HANDSOME MAN OR ELSE YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK
FOR THE NEW YEAR.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-05-1972

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ON NEW YEAR'S DAY IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A WOMAN TO WISH YOU
HAPPY NEW YEAR'S FIRST, A MAN SHOULD ENTER YOUR HOUSE
FIRST, AND WISH YOU HAPPY NEW YEAR'S.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT ALWAYS HAS HER HUSBAND GO OUT THE DOOR AND COME
IN THE BACK DOOR AND WISH HER A HAPPY NEW YEAR'S BEFORE
A WOMAN HAS A CHANCE TO ENTER.
MRS. ABRAMS IS GRANDMOTHER OF COLLECTOR.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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DON'T LOAN MONEY OR BORROW ON NEW YEAR'S OR YOU WILL BE
BROKE ALL YEAR ROUND.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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IT IS A COMMON SCOTTISH CUSTOM TO SING "AULD LANG SYNE"
ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: HIS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: 01-31-1968

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SPRINKLE LIME POWDER BEHIND DOORS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR
GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: FROM MOTHER.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-11-1967

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EVEN WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD, MY NEIGHBOR HAD PARTAKEN IN
A SIMPLE TRADITION OF OPENING ONE PACKAGE OR PRESENT
ON CHRISTMAS EVE. HER CHILDREN ALSO OBSERVE THIS
CUSTOM.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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UNTIL SHE WAS MARRIED, THE INFORMANT, AS DID THE REST OF
HER FAMILY, CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS AT HER AUNT'S HOUSE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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DIFFERENCE IN MEAT COURSES AT CHRISTMAS

IN THIS FAMILY, THE FATHER'S SIDE HAS GOOSE FOR THE
MEAL MEAL AND THE MOTHER'S SIDE HAS TURKEY.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANTS LEARNED IT FROM THEIR PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve Single dishes

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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EVERY YEAR, SINCE THEY HAVE LIVED IN THE SUBURBS, THE
PARENTS HAVE HUNG HOMEMADE STOCKINGS ON THEIR CHILDREN'S
DOORS. WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES, THE STOCKINGS ARE FULL OF
GOODIES. THIS STEMS FROM AN OLDER TRADITION OF THEIRS:
HANGING HOMEMADE STOCKINGS ON THE FIREPLACE. HOWEVER,
SINCE THEY NOW HAVE NO FIREPLACE IN THEIR NEW HOME,
THEY HANG THEM ON THE DOORS INSTEAD.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF IT THROUGH HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 25 Christmas Also see F642, below.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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COW FIGHT CUSTOM

IN THE SPRING OF THE YEAR, IN SOME SWISS STATES, A
COW FIGHT IS HAD. THIS IS A BIG AFFAIR, SOMEWHAT
LIKE A SPECIAL HORSE RACE IN OUR COUNTRY. (BETS
ARE EVEN MADE ON THE OUTCOME.) THIS FIGHT IS TO
DETERMINE WHICH COW, THE STRONGEST, CAN WEAR THE
BIGGEST BELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLLECTORS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting F663.9

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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THIS FAMILY WAS ALWAYS TAUGHT TO SPEND THE FOURTH OF JULY
AT HOME AND THEY ALWAYS HAD LOTS OF FIREWORKS UNTIL THE
LAW WAS PASSED BANNING THEM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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ASSUMPTION (OF OUR BLESSED LADY)

ON AUGUST 15, THE WOMEN TAKE ONE OF EACH FLOWER FROM
THEIR GARDEN, MAKE A BOUQUET WITH AN APPLE IN THE
MIDDLE, AND TAKE THIS BOUQUET TO CHURCH AND HAVE IT
BLESSED. THIS IS DONE BOTH IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED
MOTHER, AND TO ASK HER PROTECTION, SO THE FLOWERS WILL
BLOOM AGAIN NEXT YEAR.

Submitter comment: THIS IS STILL DONE IN MANY PARISHES WHERE THERE ARE A
NUMBER OF THE OLD POLISH.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): VIRGIN MARY

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival

Date learned: 11-27-1967

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EVERY CHRISTMAS THE SYMONS FAMILY STRING POPCORN AND
CRANBERRIES ON THEIR CHRISTMAS TREE ALONG WITH THE
OTHER ORNAMENTS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas Season See F645.2 for Advent Season.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

AS A CHILD, MY NEIGHBOR WOULD ALWAYS DECORATE THE FIRE-
PLACE WITH GREENS AND STOCKINGS ALONG WITH HER
PARENTS. THEY ALSO MADE SURE THAT A FIRE WAS ALWAYS
KEPT IN THE FIREPLACE DURING THIS SEASON.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Yule log

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

ALONG WITH THE USUAL ORNAMENTS, THIS FAMILY HANGS PAPER CHAINS
THAT THE CHILDREN HAVE MADE ON THE TREE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD, THEY ALWAYS PUT AN ANGEL ON
TOP OF THEIR CHRISTMAS TREE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER MOTHER

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Christmas tree

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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CHRISTMAS TRADITION

SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD, THEY ALWAYS HANG OUT STOCKINGS
FOR SANTA TO FILL ON THE FIREPLACE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Stockings and shoes

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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BIRTHDAY TRADITION

WHEN THE INFORMANT WAS YOUNG, THE PARENTS WOULD ALWAYS
GET A GALLON OF ICE CREAM FROM THE CREAMERY AND SERVE
IT WITH HOMEMADE SAUCE FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S BIRTHDAY.
THEY WOULD BRING IT BACK HOME IN A BURLAP BAG FILLED
WITH ICE AND SALT TO KEEP IT COLD.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HER PARENTS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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