Friday, December 6, 2013

Put On Your Own Shoes Day, Microwave Oven Day, more

December 6th, 2013, is Mitten Tree Day, Put On Your Own Shoes Day, St. Nicholas Day, Pawnbrokers Day, Dia de la Constitucion, Independence Day (Finland), Microwave Oven Day, and National Gazpacho Day.

Mitten Tree Day offers an opportunity to donate mittens to someone in need or share the book, The Mitten Tree, by Candace Christiansen. Better yet, do both!

Believe it or not, today is Put On Your Own Shoes Day. Put on your shoes, then top things off with a shirt, and you're ready to visit all of those places with signs that say: "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service." I'll stay home - I'm exhausted after putting on my own shoes.

St. Nicholas Day honors "Father Christmas" - a prelude, if you will, to Christmas. The focus is meant to be on giving, rather than receiving. Some Northern Europeans stash surprise gifts in each others' shoes.

Pawnbrokers Day is observed on the same day St. Nicholas is honored, because St. Nicholas is the patron saint of pawnbrokers.

Dia de la Constitucion (or Constitution Day) celebrates the 1978 adoption of Spain's new constitution.

Finland observes Independence Day on December 6th. Enjoy this tribute to Finland by the fine fellows of "Monty Python's Flying Circus":

Foodie snobs may turn their noses up at the mention of the microwave oven, but I'll bet they secretly use one to heat up chowder or leftover souffle, or even to bake a potato or cook bacon. Celebrate Microwave Oven Day.

National Gazpacho Day commemorates a Spanish vegetable soup, best served cold (like revenge). In the winter months that might not seem appealing, but give it a try. If you're not pleased, heat it in your microwave.

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