Mitten Tree Day

Mitten Tree Day

Mittens are something we all have used in our lives. Some of us may still use them today. These are our favourite things to use for making snowballs and snowmen. They protect our hands from the cold, crunchy snow we throw at each other and make our hands stand out against the bright white snow. Today is Mitten Tree Day, which celebrates these soft, colorful and fuzzy hand covers.

The idea was created by teachers to provide a Christmas activity that children could do while at school. Others will claim that the holiday was inspired by Candace Christiansen’s book “The Mitten Tree”. Sarah, the main character, is dressed up for winter and begins to trek through the snowy landscape. She comes across a group of children putting their mittens on the small tree.

Children will always love making little mitten trees, regardless of where they were born. What about mittens? But where did they come from? Because mittens were originally made from animal fur back in the old days, Mitten derives its name from an Old French word, mitaine.

The oldest mittens that have been made by man date back around 1000 A.D. They were originally used as sheaths for gloves, since they did not have finger openings that allowed finger mobility. Based on archaeological evidence, it was believed that they were made of wool. A woolen mitten discovered in Dorestad harbor in the Netherlands led to their being dated to the 8th or ninth centuries AD.

To celebrate the holiday, you can make sure to have plenty of mittens on hand. Once we run out branches, we can either use them to hold the mittens or run out of mittens to attach to the branches, we can set them up on our Christmas tree. Once we are ready, we can grab our favorite set of mittens from the tree and go out to enjoy wintertime fun.


Jun 12 2024


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