Place item was collected
Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
My informant is Mirelle DeSpain. We met, originally, in September 2017, and we have been friends since. She is studying electrical engineering with a minor in computer science at Utah State University, she is a sophomore in terms of years being at Utah State. Her family is from Meridian, Idaho.
This is a tradition in Mirelle’s family that, as far as she is aware, is just her family. It tells of her parents wanting to start their kids Christmas day off with a bit of health before they were loaded with candy and sugar. I got this in a telephone interview with Mirelle, as we didn’t have time to meet in person. The story is short, simple, and to the point. I would consider Mirelle a passive-bearer when it comes to transmitting folklore. Parfaits are not unknown to me, and I think this a rather cute tradition to eat a tad healthy, before letting the chaos of sugar take over. I very well may continue this tradition by myself, until I acquire a family of my own to pass it on to. I would probably retell this custom outside of a personal, familial, setting.
Every Christmas for breakfast we have yogurt parfaits. Our parents would say, “You’re going to have enough candy later on, so we want to start you off with a nice, healthy breakfast of granola, fruit, and yogurt.” (I guess I’m not that interesting, but that’s the story.)
She told the story very calmly; however it’s hard to interpret much about emotion from pitch alone. She seemed a little more excited about this story than the other one I collected from her about her family’s traditions, and seems to have a positive attachment to this story, whereas she had a form of detachment, or maybe disinterest, from the other piece, as she had mentioned it to me before, but I asked her to repeat it when I had my recorder to be able to do a proper write up. Mirelle didn’t think she had any folklore to tell originally; however, she brought it up when I mentioned having discussed family customs in my folklore class.
Introduction to folklore
Prof. Lynne McNeill
Semester and year
Turner, Jake, "Christmas Tradition" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 453.
Additional FilesChristmas Tradition.docx (7 kB)