Monday, December 6, 2010

December 6th...

Today is St. Nicholas Day!

In some countries, St. Nicholas is the fairy tale character who bestows presents on well-behaved children. His special holiday is December 6, and there are customs associated with St. Nicholas Day. Find out more about the celebration of St. Nicholas Day and other European customs at  Pastry Wiz which offers a brief outline of Christmas in several countries in Europe as well as recipes for holiday goodies. The Many Faces of Santa tells students about the various Santa Claus personas and how they developed.

Today is also Mitten Day!
Stop by and enjoy our display of decorated mittens in the Family Room! You can even decorate and add one of your own!
We also invite you to share our favorite Mitten Books:

One mitten by Kristine O'Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith.
One mitten can do many things, but when the second mitten is found, it is time to go outside and have fun.
Runaway mittens by Jean Roger, pictures by Rie Muñoz.
Pica's mittens are always turning up in strange places, but when he finds them keeping the newborn puppies warm in their box, he decides to leave them where they are until spring.
Smitten  by David Gordon.
Lost and alone, a sock and a mitten team up to help each other find their other half.
The mitten : a Ukrainian folktale, adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett.

This is a very funny version of a Ukrainian folktale about a boy's lost mitten. That small knitted object takes on gigantic proportions as more animals crowd into its warm comfort-and the ending always brings laughter.

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