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Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
Nicole Baldwin was born and raised in Riverton, Utah. She is an undergraduate student at USU who is majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. In her free time, Nicole likes to hammock, watch movies, bake, and chill with friends. She also really likes dogs and motorcycles. Nicole’s favorite holiday is Christmas because she loves her family, the snow, drinking hot cocoa, and the cheesy Christmas movies.
I did this interview with Nicole over the phone and she had just woken up from a nap. The noise level was very quiet with a faint interruption from my roommates once or twice. The feeling was very relaxed and comfortable because Nicole and I were roommates last year at Snow College and we talk to each other every few weeks. The following piece of folklore was in the response to my question about whether or not she had any holiday or family traditions. Nicole explained that her family does a party on Christmas Eve every year.
“My family does a um tradition on Christmas Eve where we just like have a bunch of food, specifically like shrimp, and summer sausage, candy…Um we watch two Christmas movies. Um they like change throughout the years, but since While You Were Sleeping came out, we’ve watched that. And we usually just watch the stereotypical movies like The Grinch or…that’s all I can think of honestly. There are probably so many more movies. Yeah, we love While You Were Sleeping [laughter]. We think it’s hilarious.”
Because she had just woken up from a nap and was still tired when we did the interview, Nicole had a hard time remembering some of the specifics about her traditions. This resulted in a lot of um’s, like’s, statements about not remembering or being able to think of it, and long pauses illustrated by ellipses. Nicole also talks really fast as her normal speed, so she had a lot of little interjections about details to add in here and there for clarity. It was kind of funny because she talked fast but also had really long pauses, and it was an interesting combination. Nicole’s voice was tired and not very energetic, at least not the way she normally sounds, but her voice increased in excitement when she talked about the movie While You Were Sleeping. There was also a fondness in her tone as she talked about spending time with her family. We have been roommates and friends since last year, so the interview was very informal and casual in telling her story. Nicole has a strong bond with her family and lives a very family-centered life because it is one of the most important things to her.
Dr. Lynne McNeill
Semester and year
Crane, Terin, "Christmas: Movies & Food" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 525.