Interviewer: What is being performed?
Informant: New Year’s Eve tradition by Alec Shale
Every year while waiting for the new year to begin, we would do a giant puzzle and try to finish it before midnight.
Interviewer: What is the background information about the performance? Why do you know or like this piece? Where or who did you learn it from?
Informant: Tradition created with my Dad for every New Year’s Eve when I was young. I like it because it reminds me of fun times with family.
Interviewer: What country and what region of that country are you from?
Informant: United States, Arizona
Interviewer: Do you belong to a specific religious or social sub group that tells this story?
Informant: My Family
Interviewer: Where did you first hear the story?
Informant: When I was 4 or 5 years old.
Interviewer: What do you think the origins of this story might be?
Informant: On a New Year’s Day without much to do, we had a puzzle and decided to race to solve it.
Interviewer: What does it mean to you?
Informant: To me, this is a tradition that means time spent with family…. Doing an activity, but mostly just talking and enjoying each other’s company. I intend to continue this tradition with my kids.
Context of the performance– conversation with classmate
Thoughts about the piece– This informant believes his family tradition to be unique but I have also experienced a quiet NYE with my family. Our activity is preparing and consuming a gourmet dinner. In both cases, an introspective preparation precedes a momentous symbolic shift. Googling New Years Eve at home yields almost 19 million results, even a wiki-how; http://www.wikihow.com/Enjoy-New-Year%27s-Eve-at-Home-With-Your-Family