St. Nick, Microwave Ovens, Miners, Pawnbrokers, Shoes, and Gazpacho

December 6, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of yuletide Saints. Today is Monday, December 6, 2021. December 6th is the 340th day of the year, and 25 days remain.

St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated each year on December 6th. I know, I know! Christmas is still nearly three weeks hence, so why are we celebrating this holiday today? Well, that is because St. Nicholas Day doesn’t celebrate Christmas per se – instead, it marks the anniversary of the death of the Greek saint, Nikolaos, from whom Santa Claus, the secular symbol of Christmas, derives his name.
Saint Nikolaos (15 March 270 – 6 December 343), also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra in Lycia (now a part of modern-day Turkey).  Because of the many miracles attributed to him, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonder-Worker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch word Sinterklaas, itself from a series of corruptions of the transliteration of “Saint Nikolaos”.
In various cities and countries around Europe, Saint Nicholas is also the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, and students.
If you decide to celebrate St. Nicholas Day, learn more about St. Nikolaos and try to emulate him and his actions whenever possible today.

Microwave Oven Day 

Microwave Oven Day is celebrated annually on December 6th. You don’t need an advanced mechanical engineering degree to infer that this holiday celebrates one of the most-used advances in culinary technology – the microwave oven.
In 1942, a man named Dr. Percy Spencer was testing a magnetron and discovered that the candy bar in his pocket had melted. Later, he conducted a series of tests and concluded that microwave energy could not only cook food, but cooked food much faster than the heat from a conventional oven.
The first microwave oven made its debut in the late 1940s. It stood over six feet tall and weighed over 700 pounds — But we’ve come a long way since then. The first commercially available microwave oven for home use was the “Radarange” manufactured by Amana. It cost $495 (Or about $3200 today), and was released for public consumption in 1967.
Today, thankfully, microwave ovens have become considerably smaller, lighter, cheaper, and more technologically advanced. Now, over 90% of American households own a microwave oven. In fact, there is an entire food industry based around this one appliance. Just think of everything you can cook in the microwave — Besides being a convenient was to heat water for your morning cup of tea or coffee, you can prepare frozen meals, leftovers, popcorn, “mug brownies,” and so much more in your microwave these days.
If you opt to celebrate Microwave Oven Day, prepare all of your meals today in this remarkable, time-saving kitchen appliance.

National Miners’ Day 

National Miners’ Day is celebrated each year on December 6th. You don’t need to have a subterranean job to deduce that this holiday celebrates miners.
Miners provide the manufacturing industry with many of the raw materials that they rely upon for modern manufacturing. They do so underground, at great risk to themselves. Mining is a hazardous profession, yet an incredibly important one.
On December 3, 2009, Congress passed a resolution proclaiming December 6th as National Miner’s Day. This specific date was chosen to honor the hundreds of miners killed in a mining tragedy on Dec. 6, 1907 in Monongah, West Virginia. This holiday recognizes the difficult and dangerous work miners perform, and rewards their dedication and the contributions they make to the economy.
Should you decide to celebrate National Miner’s Day, simply learn more about the hazards that miners face each day – and/or the strides made in mine safety – which provide the raw materials needed to manufacture the products that you use every day.

National Pawnbrokers Day 

National Pawnbrokers Day is celebrated annually on December 6th. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates pawnbrokers. And, it is no accident that this holiday is celebrated on the same day as St. Nicholas Day. Among the many other things mentioned previously, St. Nicolas is also the patron saint of pawnbroking.
It is believed that pawnbroking began about 3,000 years ago in China and this holiday was created to recognize and acknowledge the valuable lending and retail services that pawnbrokers provide. Although considered ‘sketchy’ by some people in today’s society, pawn shops and pawnbrokers provide a source of quick cash for people down on their luck.
With that said, I can offer no suggestions to you regarding how to celebrate National Pawnbrokers Day.

Put on Your Own Shoes Day

Put on Your Own Shoes Day is celebrated each year on December 6th. I know! This holiday comes in the wake of Wear Brown Shoes Day, which we celebrated a couple of days ago that encouraged us to wear brown shoes. This holiday, however, does not specify that you wear a particular color of shoes today – only that you put them on yourself.
Interpreted literally, Put on Your Own Shoes Day makes absolutely no sense to me. Virtually everybody over the age of three puts on their own shoes every day. However, when you interpret it in the broader context of doing things for one’s self, it begins to have gravitas. The ability to fend for yourself gives you a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Having the confidence to handle the difficult obstacles that life often puts in your path makes you a stronger person. This doesn’t mean that you have to know everything about everything. It simply means that if a situation arises that is not in your area of expertise, you will know where to go to resolve it.
Self-reliance is also one of the most important keys to success. Don’t hang back and rely on someone else to pave the way for you, take charge of your own life. Whether at work, at home, or in your community, if you have an idea to improve something, or for a better way to do something, put it out there. Don’t wait for someone else to broach the subject.
Often, people don’t even realize something is wrong until someone else mentions it. So, if you choose to celebrate Put on Your Own Shoes Day, simply be that “someone else.”

National Gazpacho Day 

National Gazpacho Day is celebrated annually on December 6th. As this holiday’s name obviously implies, it celebrates one of the world’s “trendiest” soups – gazpacho.
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 any time of the year.
If you opt to tantalize your tastebuds today by celebrating National Gazpacho Day, simply serve your favorite version of this soup for dinner tonight.
Author’s Note:
As I have mentioned before, I am not a big fan of cold soups in general, so if you invite me over for your National Gazpacho Day celebration tonight, please serve mine in a microwaveable bowl so I can ‘nuke’ it in your aforementioned Radarange to make it more palatable to me. Either that, or serve it to me in a tall glass, with enough room at the top for a jigger (or two) of vodka, and with a celery stick with which to stir it. 

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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