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The Nutcracker

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

WORLD AIDS DAY

 

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Legends of Christmas

Advent Season Begins

Hanukkah Begins (December 2nd to December 10th)

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

 

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National Cookie Day

 

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National Comfort Food Day (RECIPES)

 

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Craft Show

Finnish Independence

NATIONAL GAZPACHO DAY (Recipes)

 

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First Fridays @ Calumet Art District

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

 

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Holiday Craft Bazaar

A Chassell Old-Fashioned Christmas

National Brownie Day (RECIPES)

 

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Second Sunday of Advent

 

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GREEN MONDAY

NATIONAL LAGER DAY

Universal Human Rights Day

 

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National Cocoa Day

 

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National Popcorn String Day

 

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Gift of Music

 

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Victorian Christmas

Celebration of Lights

National Lemon Cupcake Day (RECIPES)

 

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Third Sunday of Advent

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

 

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National Maple Syrup Day

First in Flight (RARE VIDEO FOOTAGE)

 

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International Migrants Day

National "I LOVE HONEY" Day

 

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National Oatmeal Muffin Day (RECIPES)

 

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National Sangria Day (RECIPES)

 

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Happy Winter Solstice

The Red Jacket Jamboree (a New Old-Time Radio Variety Show)

 

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National Date Nut Bread Day (RECIPES)

 

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

National Pfeffernusse Day (RECIPES)

 

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Christmas Eve RECIPES & TRADITIONS [Co-op open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm]

Christmas Story 24-Hour Marathon

National Eggnog Day (RECIPES)

 

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Christmas [Co-op Closed]

 

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National Candy Cane Day

 

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National Fruitcake Day (RECIPE)

 

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Great Lakes Invitational - Detroit, MI

 

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December 26, 2018

National Candy Cane Day

Popular during the holiday season, the candy cane is celebrated today. The cane-shaped hard candy is usually peppermint flavored and white with red stripes, but can be of a variety of flavors and colors.

There is a lot of folklore surrounding the beginnings of the candy cane. Some say it was invented by priests in the 1400s, and was originally straight and solid-white in color. A popular legend claims that a choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, bent straight sugar sticks into the shape of shepherd's staffs, and handed them out to children at living nativity services on Christmas Eve in 1670. There is a belief that candy canes then spread from Germany to the rest of Europe, where they were handed out at other nativity plays, leading to their association with Christmas. Another story says that in 1847 a German-Swedish immigrant named August Imgard of Wooster, Ohio, asked a candy maker to add a crook to the canes to justify giving candy to children during worship services, to remind them of the shepherds who visited the baby Jesus. Imgard is also sometimes credited as being the first to put candy canes on trees.

Despite all the legends, here is what we know about candy canes for sure. The first recorded evidence of stick candy dates to 1837. A recipe for straight peppermint candy sticks dates to 1844, and candy canes are mentioned in a book in 1866. Their earliest verified association with Christmas is 1874, and candy canes have been hung on trees since at least 1882. Candy canes with red stripes first came about in the early 1900s, and postcards before that time show only white colored candy canes. They were first made by hand, and patent machines for making them date to the early 1900s. Besides being associated with Christmas, they are handed out on Saint Nicholas Day.

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