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The \"palmer Christian\" or Palma Christi is a palm tree of sorts that happens to grow unexpectedly in Bladen County, North Carolina. The Palma Christi was thought to be a charm against witchcraft and parts of its root could be used to promote quick and easy childbirth.
A fascinating remnant of the ancient midwinter fire-festival appears today, celebrated regularly on Christmas even and New Year's Eve by the African American people of rural Bladen County.