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DECEMBER 6, 2018 | ST. NICHOLAS DAY | NATIONAL GAZPACHO DAY | NATIONAL MICROWAVE OVEN DAY | NATIONAL MINER’S DAY | NATIONAL PAWNBROKERS DAY

ST. NICHOLAS DAY

St. Nicholas Day is observed annually on December 6.

St. Nicholas Day celebrates the third-century saint who sold all his possessions and gave his money to the poor. Raised to be a devout Christian, his whole life was dedicated to serving the sick and suffering.

There are several legendary stories about St. Nicholas which later become part of the inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus.

For example, during the third century, a daughter was more likely to be married if her father could offer a large dowry to prospective husbands. The story goes that a poor father with three daughters had no dowry to offer. On three separate occasions, it is said good Ol’ St. Nicholas made bags of gold appear in the girls’ shoes drying by the fire at night.

While St. Nicholas Day traditions include leaving gifts in shoes (or stockings) or the exchange of small gifts, it is not to be confused with Christmas.  Traditionally, treats are left for good boys and girls, and a twig or chunk of coal for the naughty ones.

Interesting facts associated with St. Nicholas:

  • He is the patron saint of a great many causes including sailors, travelers, clergy, school children and thieves just to name a few.
  • He was born in the village of Patar which was located on the southeastern coast of modern-day Turkey.
  • Buried in a tomb in Myra, water believed to have healing powers formed in his grave. It is called the Manna of Saint Nicholas.
  • December 6th is also known as The Feast of St. Nicholas and is widely celebrated in Europe.

 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Surprise someone with a treat on St. Nicholas Day or slip a gift into their shoe.  Use #StNicholasDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated worldwide on the anniversary of his death, December 6.  

NATIONAL GAZPACHO DAY

National Gazpacho Day is celebrated across the United States each year on December 6.  Gazpacho is typically a tomato-based vegetable soup which is served cold.  Originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalucia, Gazpacho is widely consumed in Spanish cuisine, usually during the summer months.

The original Spanish recipe includes stale bread, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and garlic, olive oil, wine, vinegar, water and salt.

Following is the typical method of preparing gazpacho:

  • Washing vegetables
  • Peeling tomatoes, garlic and onions.
  • Chop all vegetables (traditionally pounded with mortar) and process in food processor.
  • Add soaked bread.
  • Blend part of the processed contents until liquid, depending on desired consistency.
  • Add chilled water, olive oil, vinegar and salt to taste.
  • Add remaining processed ingredients.
  • Add garnishes as desired.

In Andalucía, most gazpacho recipes typically include stale bread, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and garlic, olive oil, wine vinegar, water, and salt.

Gazpacho has many modern variations including that of avocados, cucumber, parsley, watermelon, grapes, meat stock, seafood and a few other ingredients.

Gazpacho is sometimes served with ice cubes when it has not had enough time to chill before serving.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this Traditional Gazpacho recipe from foodal.com.

Use #NationalGazpachoDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Gazpacho Day.

NATIONAL MICROWAVE OVEN DAY

On December 6, give one appliance in the house a little consideration.  It’s National Microwave Day!

Quite by accident, self- taught American engineer Percy Spencer discovered a way to heat food safely with microwaves. While working with an active radar in 1945, he noticed a candy bar in his pocket was melting. The high-powered microwave beams created a heating effect ideal for cooking. Spencer deliberately attempted cooking popcorn with the microwaves and an egg was next.  The egg was less successful than the popcorn.  It exploded in his fellow engineer’s face!

Spencer, employed by Raytheon, experimented with different methods of heating food safely with microwaves.

  • Raytheon filed a United States patent application for Spencer’s microwave cooking process on October 8, 1945.
  • Raytheon built the first commercially available microwave oven in 1947.  It was called the “Radarange.”
  • It is believed that 90% of homes in the United States have a microwave in them.

HOW TO OBSERVE

To celebrate National Microwave Oven Day, cook your favorite meal in the microwave tonight or heat up some of last night’s dinner in there. Use #MicrowaveOvenDay to post on social media. 

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin or National Microwave Oven Day.

NATIONAL MINER’S DAY

National Miner’s Day is observed annually on December 6.

This day was created as a day of reflection, when we can show appreciation for the sacrifices, honor the accomplishments and remember the tragedies that these hard-working individuals experience. Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in America, and the miners put their lives at risk each and every day as they contend with health and safety issues as well as their uncertainty of the future. 

Everyday products that we use are made up of raw materials that have been excavated from mines and are a result of the work of the miners. These men and women play a much more important role in our lives than most people realize.

The Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 as well as the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 were created to oversee the safety and health of all miners. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalMinersDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Miner’s Day marks the anniversary of the worst mining accident in history on December 6, 1907, in Monogah, West Virginia.  The disaster resulted in the deaths of 362 miners.  In 2009, Congress proclaimed each December 6 as National Miner’s Day.

NATIONAL PAWNBROKERS DAY

Each year on December 6, people all across the United States acknowledge National Pawnbrokers Day.  This holiday was created as a day to pay tribute to a profession that provides a valuable service to their clientele of those in need of cash funds and also those looking for a reasonably good deal.

The word pawn is derived from the Latin word pignus, meaning pledge.

The history of pawnbroking begins thousands of years ago in the west in Ancient Greek and Roman Empires and in the East over 3000 years ago in China.

Five years ago, the National Pawnbrokers Association began a wonderful program on National Pawnbrokers Day called Musical Instrument Gift Day.  Pawnbrokers across the country make generous donations of musical instruments to organizations in need.  December 6, 2012, they worked with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and collected instruments for a high school in Mississippi.   

HOW TO OBSERVE

Visit a pawnbroker and use #NationalPawnbrokersDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

This National Day is celebrated on International St. Nicolas Day, the patron saint of pawnbroking.

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