Mitten Tree Day
Mitten Tree Day most likely came to be as a result of Candace Christiansen's children's book, Mitten Tree. It is a book about an elderly lady who watches children gathering at a bus stop each morning. She notices a boy that doesn't have mittens and decides she will knit some and put them in a nearby evergreen tree for him to find. She begins knitting mittens each night, and the children begin looking for new mittens each morning. Some organizations, museums, and schools celebrate the day by reading the story, and by then having children cut out mittens from construction paper to decorate a cardboard tree with. Instead of using a fake tree and mittens, real mittens could be donated by children, and they could be hung on a real tree on the day, and then given to someone in need.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by reading the Mitten Tree to children, and having them either make mittens out of paper or something else, or gather real mittens to put on a tree to donate to those in need. Another book that could be read on the day is The Mitten. If you will not be seeing any children today, you could gather together mittens to donate on your own. The day could also be used to learn how to knit mittens.