Saint Nicholas Day
- Traditional celebrations of Saint Nicholas Day in Northern Europe included gifts left in children's shoes (the origin of our American Christmas stockings). Good children receive treats - candies, cookies, apples and nuts, while naughty children receive switches or lumps of coal. Sometimes coins were left in the shoes, reminiscent of the the life-saving dowries the saint provided. Today - especially in families of German extraction - children still put a shoe outside their bedroom doors on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day, and expect to find candy and coins or small gifts in their shoe on December 6th.
National Gazpacho Day
- Gazpacho is a classic Spanish vegetable soup consumed mostly during the summer months because of its refreshingly cold qualities. This tasty dish combines the best of summer vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and onions.
- In appreciation, honor and remembrance of the accomplishments and sacrifices of miners in the state of West Virginia. To provide a sober reminder of the risks that miners are routinely exposed to in their work and to set aside some time on this day for quiet contemplation to honor those brave miners who have perished in our mines.
National Pawnbrokers Day
- Celebrated on St. Nicholas Day, the patron saint of pawnbroking. Designed to acknowledge the valuable lending and retail services the pawnbroker provides his or her clientele.
Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified
- The 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, abolishing slavery in the US. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, save as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Destroyed
- More than 1,650 people were killed at Halifax in 1917, when the Norwegian ship Imo plowed into the French munitions ship Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc was loaded with 4,000 tons of TNT, 2,300 tons of picric acid, 61 tons of other explosives and a deck of highly flammable benzene, which ignited and touched off an explosion. In addition to those killed, 9,000 were injured. A tidal wave caused by the explosion washed much of the city out to sea.
Put on your own shoes day
- Perhaps this day was created by young mothers teaching their children how to put their shoes on for the first time!? Put on your own shoes could also mean to "walk your own path in life".
Mitten Tree Day
- One day the kids with everything put their hats and mitts on the tree so the less fortunate could play. Some churches and organizations have mitten trees so that you can donate mittens to those without.
- This was updated by Catherine on December 6, 2011 -
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