SAINT NICHOLAS DAY
On December 6th, Saint Nicholas Day recognizes the third-century saint who became an inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus.
St. Nicholas is known for selling all his possessions and giving his money to the poor. Raised as a devout Christian, St. Nicholas dedicated his whole life to serving the sick and suffering.
Legendary stories about St. Nicholas later become part of the inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus. For example, during the third century, a daughter’s chances of marriage increased when her father offered a large dowry to prospective husbands. One story tells of a poor father with three daughters. He had no dowry to offer.
Traditionally, shoes were left by fires at night so they could dry. On three separate occasions, Ol’ St. Nicholas provided a dowry for each girl. It is said, he made gold appear in their shoes, drying by the fire.
While St. Nicholas Day is not to be confused with Chrismas, there are similarities. Traditions include leaving gifts in shoes (or stockings) or the exchange of small gifts. Another tradition suggests leaving treats for good boys and girls. However, the naughty ones receive a twig or chunk of coal.
Interesting facts associated with St. Nicholas:
- He is the patron saint of a great many causes. Some of the causes include sailors, travelers, clergy, school children, and thieves, 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 #StNicholasDay
Surprise someone with a treat on Saint Nicholas Day or slip a gift into their shoe. Use #StNicholasDay to post on social media.
ST. NICHOLAS DAY HISTORY
St. Nicholas Day is celebrated worldwide on the anniversary of his death, December 6th.
NATIONAL MICROWAVE OVEN DAY
On December 6th, National Microwave Oven Day honors one appliance that changed the way we use the kitchen.
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. Next, he tried cooking an egg. The egg test was less successful than the popcorn. It exploded in his fellow engineer’s face! However, we can cook eggs in microwave ovens. Try poaching one.
Spencer, employed by Raytheon, continued experimenting 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.
- In 1947, Raytheon built the first commercially available microwave oven. It was called the “Radarange.”
- An estimated 90% of homes in the United States have a microwave in them.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MicrowaveOvenDay
The microwave oven is more than an elaborate popcorn popper. Use this celebration to explore the many uses of the microwave oven. We’ve provided a few suggestions to get you started, but we also encourage you to share your favorites, too!
- make crispy bacon (and you won’t get burned either)
- melt chocolate for all that holiday dipping
- heat rice or bean-filled hot pads for achy muscles
- steam vegetables
- soften brown sugar
- dry herbs
- loosen labels from jars
While testing these ideas out, take some time to clean your microwave, too. Steam a wet cloth for a minute on high and let stand for another minute. The steam softens any build-up. Then, wipe your microwave down with a little hot soapy water to remove any greasy splatter.
Use #MicrowaveOvenDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL MICROWAVE OVEN DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this technological holiday.
NATIONAL MINER’S DAY
National Miner’s Day honors the contributions of miners across the country. Additionally, the day reflects on their sacrifices and offers time to show appreciation to the hard-working individuals of the mining country.
As we honor their accomplishments and remember the tragedies that these hard-working individuals experience, the country must keep in mind that mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Miners put their lives at risk every day. They contend with health and safety issues as well as an uncertain future.
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.
Everyday products we use are made up of raw materials excavated from mines. These materials are a result of the work of the miners. These men and women play a much more critical role in our lives than most people realize.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMinersDay
Throughout the day, learn about mining history and how the industry changes year after year. Attend a mining memorial ceremony. While there, familiarize yourself with the dangers and health conditions associated with mining. Another way to participate is by becoming educated about mining. Thank miners you know for their hard work. Visit a mining museum. Watch a mining documentary. If you’re a miner, share your experiences with others.
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NATIONAL MINER’S DAY 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 the day be observed each year on December 6th.
NATIONAL GAZPACHO DAY
National Gazpacho Day, on December 6th, recognizes a flavorful soup that cooks serve cold. Gazpacho is typically a tomato-based vegetable soup. 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. Other ingredients include 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 a food processor.
- Add the soaked bread.
- Blend part of the processed contents until liquid, depending on desired consistency.
- Blend in chilled water, olive oil, vinegar, and salt to taste.
- Add remaining processed ingredients.
- Garnish as desired.
Gazpacho has many modern variations. Many fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs make a delicious gazpacho. Consider using ingredients such as avocados, cucumbers, parsley, watermelon, or grapes. However, recipes offer meat stock and seafood varieties for gazpacho, too.
Even though we serve gazpacho cold, some recipes call for a cooked broth. When the gazpacho is too warm, sometimes ice cubes are added.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGazpachoDay
Try this refreshing soup to change up your menu. Share your favorite recipes or find a variety of options online. Enjoy this Traditional Gazpacho recipe from foodal.com.
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NATIONAL GAZPACHO DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this exotic food holiday.
FAUX FUR FRIDAY
Faux Fur Friday, observed on the first Friday in December, provides a stylish way to wear and buy faux fur.
Also known as fake fur, the textile made its debut in 1929. Initially made from alpaca wool, faux fur increased in quality as synthetic fibers became available. The fibers not only allowed for more variety and texture, but they also provided warmth. While the neo fur didn’t breath as well as animal fur, nor did it insulate as well, it lasted longer. Animal fur required refrigeration to avoid degrading.
Whether you call it fake, imitation or simulated, faux fur has found a place in fashion. Designers use it as an accent on clothing. They also create decor and entire ensembles. Faux fur comes in every color imaginable, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #FauxFurFriday
Throw a faux fur style show or shop for a faux fur deal. Wrap yourself in a soft, furry throw or poncho. Add some faux fur to a denim jacket or jazz up pillow in your room. Share your faux fur secrets and use #FauxFurFriday to post on social media.
FAUX FUR FRIDAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this awareness day.
NATIONAL BARTENDER DAY
National Bartender Day recognizes the servers who not only know every cocktail in the book, but they also tend to be some of the best listeners around. Also known as National Bartender Appreciation Day, the observance takes a day to raise a toast to the men and women working the late nights. Their minds contain an index of creative cocktails and mixed drinks to quench their patron’s thirst.
The best bartenders keep an eye out for their clientele. They bring us in with some of the best chili and snacks. Then, they keep us coming back all year long with football, baseball, and hockey. Some make a home in dive bars where everyone knows each other. Others keep us company in airport bars as we’re passing through.
At the pub or our favorite restaurant, they keep the bar stocked and ready to serve. Whether it’s a shot, a craft beer or club soda, they are prepared to pour. You know who we’re talking about. And at the end of the night, at closing time, they offer taxis and rideshares, too. Then it’s time to clean up and start all over again.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBartenderDay
Show your bartender some appreciation. Tip them extra well. Be the designated driver for your group. Accept the taxi when it’s offered. Make their job a little bit easier. As always, remember never to drink and drive. Use #NationalBartenderDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL BARTENDER DAY HISTORY
Sailor Jerry Rum founded Bartender Appreciation Day in 2011 to honor the hard-working bartenders everywhere.
NATIONAL PAWNBROKERS DAY
Each year on December 6, National Pawnbrokers Day pays tribute to a profession that provides a valuable service to their clientele. Those who are in need of cash funds and also those looking for a reasonably good deal seek the services of pawnbrokers.
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. The pawnbroker offers a loan of cash in exchange for property or goods as security. When the loan plus interest is repaid, the pawnbroker returns the property. However, if the clients don’t repay the loan, they forfeit the property and the pawnbroker may sell it to recover the loan.
Governments and churches even became involved in public pawnshops, though this type of brokerage was never established in the United States.
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 #NationalPawnbrokersDay
Learn more about the history of pawnbrokers. Shop at a pawnbroker business. Consider a donation to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to support instruments on behalf of the National Pawnbrokers Association.
Read The Pawnbroker by Edward Lewis Walland or A History of Pawnbroking Past and Present by William A. H. Hows.
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NATIONAL PAWNBROKERS DAY HISTORY
This National Day is celebrated on International St. Nicolas Day, the patron saint of pawnbroking.
On Deck for December 7, 2019
- National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
- National Illinois Day
- National Cotton Candy Day
- National Rhubarb Vodka Day – First Saturday in December
- Skywarn Recognition Day – First Saturday in December
- World Civil Aviation Day – First Saturday in December
- World Pear Day – First Saturday in December
Recipe of the Day
Coconut Walnut Energy Bites
Prep: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
20 Medjool dates, pitted
2 cups walnut pieces
1 teaspoon spirulina
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/4 cup for coating
Place walnuts, dates, hemp seeds, spirulina, and 1/4 cup of coconut into food processor and mix until it becomes sticky and starts to form a ball (around 2 minutes). Take dough from food processor and form 1-inch balls. Roll the balls into the remaining coconut to coat them. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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