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MAIN PIECE:  Informant: So like a German tradition is you hide like a pickle––or, the parents hide a pickle––like, in the Christmas tree… And then like all the kids have to find it in the tree. And like, whoever wins––like in the olden days, they used to get like an orange. Or they might get… Continue Reading »

Chinese Food & Jewish Christmas + a Joke

Main Piece: How would you describe this tradition? “For American Jewry, frequently if they don’t have friends or family to spend Christmas with, they needed somewhere to go on Christmas when everything was closed, and one thing that seemed to be open was Chinese food restaurants, which were not closed on Christmas. And there’s a… Continue Reading »

Rice Pudding for Elves

The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my friend/informant (AB). HS: So can you tell me a little bit about the special form of rice pudding that you leave out on Christmas eve? AB: Yeah, so it’s a tradition that has been in my family for as long as I… Continue Reading »

Christmas Present Map

Main Piece: The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my mother/informant (SW). HS: When I was young, you would make a map of our home with presents marked as x’s scattered throughout the house. Where did you get this tradition from? SW: From what I can remember, my mom would… Continue Reading »

Jõulu Vana – The Estonian Santa Claus

Informant’s Background: The informant, in this case, is my mother, M, who was a first generation immigrant born to an Estonian family in the North-East of Canada. Her family had escaped from occupied Estonia, and had settled in Canada before she was born. She moved with my father to Los Angeles, in the United States,… Continue Reading »