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Mitten Tree Day

December 6 is Mitten Tree Day!

The exact origin of this day is unknown, but many have concluded that it came into existence due to the heartwarming story, The Mitten Tree, by Candace Christiansen. The story follows a woman named Sarah who misses her grown children and therefore watches young children board the school bus near a large evergreen tree every day. One day, she notices that some of the children cannot play in the snow because they don’t have mittens. She knits a basket full of mittens and hangs them in the evergreen tree for the children. Although no one knows that Sarah is the person knitting the mittens for the children, she receives a basket of yarn on her doorstep. In return, she knits more mittens for the children. Every time she runs out of yarn, more magically appears at her door and the cycle of giving continues.

To celebrate Mitten Tree Day, you can share this story with your loved ones and make your own mitten tree by decorating a small tree with mittens you have knitted or some mittens you already have and donating it to those who are less fortunate. If you’ve never knit mittens before, here is a detailed how-to video:

Happy Mitten Tree Day!

Sources: Holiday Insights, National Whatever Day

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St. Nicholas Day

Happy St. Nicholas Day !

St. Nicholas is the legendary 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop who inspired the figure of Santa Claus. Known for his generosity and gift-giving to children and those in need, such as leaving coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, St. Nicholas is honored and celebrated all around the world on the anniversary of his death on December 6, 343 AD.

St. Nicholas Day celebrations include the popular tradition of  leaving one’s shoes by the front door on the night of  December 5 to find them filled with small gifts and treats the next morning. Find more ways to celebrate here!

Learn more about St. Nicholas by clicking here.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, theultimateholidaysite.com, stnicholascenter.org, wikipedia.org
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