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Red-Letter Days

December 6 —
St. Nicholas

In Holland, the Feast of Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas, is celebrated on the eve of December 6. After dinner, Dutch families hunt for presents, following clues in funny, anonymous poems. They also eat candies and cookies, especially
crispy ginger cookies called speculaas. Around the world, children still place their shoes by the window or door for St. Nicholas to fill them with presents and sweets. He is considered the patron saint of children. 

December 7 — National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
At dawn on Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in an attempt to cripple the fleet and hinder U.S. intervention in other Japanese actions in the South Pacific. The attack mobilized the United States and signaled its entry into World War II.

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Hark, how all the welkin rings,
’Glory to the King of kings’

Peace on Earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.

—Charles Wesley (1707-88)

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Early December Extremes!

December 5, 1981
Newport, Rhode Island, received 24 inches of snow.

December 6, 1970
A windstorm toppled the national Christmas tree at the White House.

December 7, 1989
An ice storm in Nashville, Tennessee, cut electricity to 40,000 houses.

December 7, 2005
Denver, Colorado, experienced a frigid temperature of 0 degrees F.

December 10, 1946
The temperature reached 70 degrees F. in New York City.

December 13, 1962
Tampa, Florida, experienced a severe freeze with a temperature of 18 degrees F.

December 14, 1924
The temperature at Helena, Montana, fell 79 degrees in 24 hours.

Find weather history for any date from 1946 to the present.

December Chores

In cold climates, mulch perennials to guard against damage from alternate freeze-thaw cycles.

After a heavy snowfall, go out and gently shake the snow from evergreens; frozen wood is brittle. Remove any broken limbs with a sharp saw.

Look over stored vegetables frequently and remove decaying specimens. Store apples separately. (For more on root cellars, visit our blog.)

If you keep a compost pile, consider covering it to prevent rains and snows from leaching out nutrients.

Make holiday wreaths from grapevines, greens, and dry seedpods.

See more gardening tasks for December.

If December be changeable and mild, the whole winter will remain a child.

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.  Abraham Lincoln

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