Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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December 6, 2011 was

National Gazpacho Day

It’s National Gazpacho Day! Gazpacho is a classic Spanish soup made with a wonderful assortment of vegetables—tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, and garlic. This refreshing dish is served chilled and is typically enjoyed during the summer months.
Given this fact, it is curious that National Gazpacho Day is celebrated in December. Perhaps the intent was to give us something to look forward to as we approach the winter. Regardless of the reason, gazpacho is a delicious meal that can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Cook your favorite version for dinner tonight in honor of National Gazpacho Day!
Source: punchbowl.com

Happy Independence Day today to Denmark, Finland & Ireland!

Denmark is Europe's oldest kingdom and its flag (known as the Dannebrog) is the oldest European flag, officially adopted in 1625. 
The current flag of Finland was officially adopted on May 29, 1918. The off-centered blue cross is based on the Scandinavian Cross, a cross widely used on Sandinavian country flags. The blue color is symbolic of blue skies, and the thousands of lakes in Finland. The white represents the winter snows. 
The flag of Ireland was adopted on January 21, 1919. Modeled after the French Tricolore, Ireland's flag uses color to symbolize religions; green is representative of Catholics; orange is representative of Protestants, and the white is symbolic of the union of both. 

Source: World atlas.com
Photo credit: amazing-planet.net (Denmark flag),
mapsofworld.com (Ireland flag), 3dwallpaperstudio.com (Finland flag)

December 6th is St. Nicholas Day!

Saint Nicholas was the former Bishop of Turkey and the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children and students (also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker). 

His reputation for secret gift giving to those in need became the inspiration for the modern day Santa Claus. He was also known for putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him.
Catholic and Orthodox Christians celebrate St. Nicholas Day in various ways around the world on December 6th, the day of his death in AD 343. The Christmas traditions of hanging stockings, candy canes, and giving to charity all have roots in the history of St. Nicholas.

In Germany, children put a boot called Nikolaus-Stiefel (Nikolaus boot) outside the front door on the night of 5 December. St. Nicholas fills the boot with gifts and sweets overnight, and at the same time checks up on the children to see if they were good, polite and helpful the last year. If they were not, they will have a tree branch (Rute) in their boots instead. Sometimes a disguised Nikolaus also visits the children at school or in their homes and asks them if they have been good, handing out presents on the basis of their behavior. 

Source: Ultimate holiday, Wikipedia
Photo credit:
acelebrationofwomen.org, acustomtripplanning.com, mamaroots.blogspot.com, wordonfire.org, braytonhomesteadinteriors.blogspot.com, ourwalterlife.blogspot.com, misskwright.blogspot.com

Happy St. Nicholas Day from Germany!

(Just in time for St. Nicholas was the first snow)