Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Previews for the week

December 6 - St. Nicholas Day - Saint Nicholas lived in Greece, just a couple hundred years after the birth of Christ. He became a priest, and later, a Bishop of the early Catholic Church. St. Nicholas was one to believe in the concept of giving up all personal belongings and following Christ and that is what he did and he was well known for giving to needy people, especially children.
The practice of hanging up stockings originated with Saint Nicholas. As the ancient legend goes, Saint Nicholas was known to throw small bags of gold coins into the open windows of poor homes. After one bag of gold fell into the stocking of a child, news got around. Children soon began hanging their stocking by their chimneys "in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there".
It wasn't until the 1800's that, in America, the spirit of St. Nicholas' life evolved into the creation of Santa Claus. Santa Claus evolved from the stories and legends of St. Nicholas. Santa Claus was kind and generous to children.

December 6 - Mitten Tree Day - Not to be confused with Kitten Tree Day, today was likely created by a grade school teacher. It's the perfect grade school craft project or story hour. And, the timing of this holiday in early December is perfect. Make a mitten tree today!

December 6 - Put on your own Shoes Day - not quite sure about this one today as opposed to all of the other days, but be happy in that fact that you are celebrating today with MILLIONS of others all in unity wearing our shoes. oh, happiness!

December 7 - International Civil Aviation Day - Created on December 7, 1944 in recognition of the International Civil Aviation Organization's 50th anniversary. In 1996, The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing December 7as International Civil Aviation Day since Civil air transportation is an important part of a country's infrastructure and transportation system. Take today to appreciate the civil air system in your country.

December 7 - Letter Writing Day - with all of our technology we just don't do this anymore. Take some time and write some letters, or how about Christmas cards to send to your friends and family.

December 7 - National Cotton Candy Day - The Cotton Candy machine was patented in 1899 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton. They brought it to the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, where is was quite popular. Cotton Candy is a favorite at amusement parks, circuses, fairs, and sports venues. (although now a days you can go to your local *supercenter* and get some cotton candy in a tub)!

December 7 - Pearl Harbor Day - Pearl Harbor Day, commemorates the Japanese attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack began at dawn December 7, 1941. It crippled the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and caused the U.S. to enter World War II. During the attack at Pearl Harbor, over 2,400 American serviceman and 68 civilians were killed. Five of the eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, and virtually all ships were damaged. On Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, U.S. flags are to be flown at half staff. On December 8, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in a speech to Congress it was "..a day that will live in infamy". The U.S. then declared war on Japan.

December 8 - National Brownie Day - ..actually it should be Brownie and Milk day for you cannot have a brownie without a tall glass of milk! and I'm gonna!!

December 8 - Take it in the Ear Day - Not really sure about this one but you know the saying: if it's bigger than your elbow then don't stick it in your ear!!

December 9 - Christmas Card Day - Christmas Card Day, honors Sir Henry Cole (1818 - 1874) of England. Cole created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843, so in case you haven't all ready: get those holiday greetings in the mail!!

December 9 - National Pastry Day - YUM, now that's my kinda day!! (have you noticed that all food days are "national"? I think everyone just likes eating :)

December 10 - Human Rights Day - The United Nations General Assembly created the first Human Rights Day on December 10, 1948. Since then, it day has been promoted annually by the UN, and by Human Rights groups around the world. Each year, the United Nations, establishes a new theme for the year.

December 11 - National Noodle Ring Day - OK! so have fun with this one kids

December 12 - National Ding-a-Ling Day - Not THAT kind of ding-a-ling you Ding-A-Ling!! NOOOO - it means ring your bell ding-a-ling! Christmas Bells a ringin

December 12 - Poinsettia Day - Gorgeous, vibrant colors of the season in this beautiful creation, I think they are so pretty when they get to be big tallll plants, I wish I had that luck!
Poinsettia Day was pronounced as an Act of Congress in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who died on December 12, 1851. Poinsett was the first Ambassador to Mexico who brought the plant back to his plantation in the U.S. He grew the plants in his Greenville, S.C. plantation and gave them out as gifts to friends. In Mexican folklore, there is a story of a little poor girl who had nothing to bring to church for Christmas. On her way to church, she picked some plants by the side of the road. As she entered the church, the ends of the leaves turned into bright, brilliant red flowers. You guessed it... Poinsettias

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