Who was St. Nick? sinterklaas, why go to Mars?

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, December 5, 2018


Welcome, friend! St. Nicholas, welcome!
Welcome to this merry band!
Happy children greet thee, welcome!
Thou art gladdening all the land

–Mary Mapes Dodge (1831–1905)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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Who was St. Nick?

St. Nicholas Day 2019
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Is he the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas? Find out about the history of St. Nicholas Day as well as  (leave out those shoes!).


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Why Go to Mars?

Why Go to Mars? Water, Life, and Exploration
Mars is still brilliant at dinnertime—just as the latest InSight probe has begun sending us revelations from its surface. At this time of year, Mars is one of the sky’s brightest objects between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. Simply look left of where the sun sets for that brilliant orange “star.” You can’t miss it. We keep sending landers there, and interest in Martian colonies remains high—but why?
Stuffed Figs Appetizer

Figs Stuffed With Gorgonzola and Prosciutto

Super-easy, super-impressive, and super-fast—what more could you ask for in an appetizer?

Backyard Birds Memory Tiles for Kids

A classic game of concentration featuring images from Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds of North America. Made in the USA.
Sinterklaas Cookies

Spicy Sinterklaas Cookies (Speculaas)

Bake a special treat for St. Nicholas Day this year. These yummy, crunchy cookies leave a delicious spice taste in your mouth, with hints of orange.

Wooden Wing Bookmarks

Made in Vermont from a very thin maple veneer that won’t damage book bindings. Choose from bald eagles, barred owls, great blue herons, ospreys, peregrine falcons, snowy owls, cardinals, eastern bluebirds, and hummingbirds.
Living Happily and Healthily

Down Home Tips for Health and Happiness
Most Americans equate “health” with professional health care, especially now, but I’d go so far as to say that self-care and family-based caregiving are the foundations of both good health and happiness.
Owls of North America Coasters

Set of four coasters featuring the exquisite artwork of Roger Tory Peterson. Made in Vermont.