Koalas & Kangaroos In Need

Gabby the Kangaroo

As you may have heard, South Australia has been hit hard by terrible bushfires. These bushfires have been destroying homes, killing wildlife, and leaving many more animals injured and orphaned. Koalas and kangaroos have been especially affected and are being treated by AMWRRO Wildlife Clinic for burns.

We were very touched by Jeremy’s story. You can read about it here. Be warned, there are some sad and graphic images.

Koalas In NeedWe are sending AMWRRO our Koala Love socks for the volunteers to use as bandage covers and mittens for the koalas and kangaroos they have rescued. AMWRRO said they do not need any more mitten material, but are still accepting monetary donations. If you are an animal lover like us, please consider donating what you can to help a koala or two in need.

For AMWRRO donation information click here & see more here. See Jeremy the Koala recovering here.

UPDATE (1/28/15): We heard over the weekend that, sadly, Gabby the kangaroo had to be euthanized due to incurable myopathy caused by the stress of the fires. AMWRRO is heartbroken over this, but keeps their hopes up. Fortunately, Jeremy the koala is doing much better and will be released soon.

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Treat Yourself!

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The holiday season is all about giving. You gave your time to beautifully cooked meals for guests. You gave presents to all your loved ones. You even gave to your favorite charity. Well, now it’s your turn!

Treat Yourself to:

15% OFF EVERYTHING

This deal ends December 31st, so hurry up and grab something for yourself as a congratulations for making it through the holidays. Or, if you didn’t get everything that you wanted this season, now’s your opportunity to fill in the gaps.

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Our magical flying ponies are delivering all orders $25 and more FOR FREE! This applies to all retail orders, including international.

No excuses.
You deserve it.
Treat yourself.

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One Day Sale

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Why today?

1. Today is the last day to order socks & receive them by Christmas without expedited shipping.
2. Today is the last day to take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING for all retail orders going anywhere.
3. Gotta help out those last minute shoppers!

So, check our handy holiday calendar to make sure your order will arrive in time, and place your order now!

giftceptional-free-mystery-sockWe’re also giving away a pair of FREE MYSTERY SOCKS with each order! You won’t know what you’re getting until you open your package. This gift is for retail orders only, while supplies last. Give the pair to a friend, or keep them for yourself. You deserve it!

Can’t get any better than free socks!

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Why Do We Hang Stockings?

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The end of Halloween heralds the start of eggnog lattes, “holiday” spiced everything, TV Yule logs, elves on the shelves, and the waiting laps of Mall Santas. But how did all these traditions get started?! Sock It to Me is here to shed some light…on those that have explanations.

Hang Your Stockings with Care

While there are no written records of the origins of this tradition, there is folklore! Legend has it that a villager with 3 daughters lost his wife and with her, his savings. His daughters were left dowryless and futureless. The widower was too proud to accept charity, so local Bishop Nicholas, (later named Saint), decided to throw bags of coins down their chimney. One happened to fall into a freshly washed stocking that was hung near the fireplace to dry. The widower accepted this anonymous gift as a miracle and his 3 daughters went on to have happy lives. Now we all hang stockings, usually more ornate than the original, hoping they’ll fill with gifts overnight.

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Love it or hate it: you can’t escape this holiday treat. Modern eggnog is generally made of egg yolks, sugar, milk, cream, nutmeg, and varying additional spices (and usually booze). In 1300′s England eggnog was: hot milk, wine or ale, and sweetener. Somewhere on its way to the American Colonies, eggs were added to the mix, and ale was replaced with rum, which was cheaper. During that time, alcohol was served in wooden mugs called “noggins.” Colonial bar patrons would ask for “eggnog” when they wanted this curious mixture. What does it have to do with the holidays? No idea.

The Tree

While many cultures have brought evergreen plants into their homes during the winter to represent the inevitable return of spring, the Germans are credited for starting this Christmas tradition! For the Feast Day of Adam (12/24) they would perform a procession of “paradise trees” decorated with apples, the forbidden fruit. German settlers most likely brought this tradition to America. The first documented tree in Williamsburg, VA was brought over and decorated by German Professor Charles Minnigerode to a colleague’s home. It was decorated with colored papers and candles. Sounds beautiful and dangerous!

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Both children and adults play dreidel (Yiddish for “spinning top”) during the eight nights of Hanukkah while the candles are burning and work is traditionally not done. Unfortunately, like many Jewish traditions, this gambling game may have started as a way to study the religion secretly. During the time of the Maccabean revolt (when the miracle of lights that is celebrated during Hanukkah occurred), Greeks outlawed studying the Torah. Jewish people took to learning in secret, always keeping their dreidels near so that they could pretend to be playing games instead of studying. Kind of the opposite of being in high school.

The letters on the dreidel are also meaningful. Each side of the top has one of these letters: nun, gimmel, hey, shin. They stand for “Nes gadol hayah sham,” meaning “A great miracle happened there.”

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More Sock Savings!

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We’re also ALL OUT of holiday stockings. But don’t panic! We have a new special free gift for you: a pair of MYSTERY SOCKS! What are they? It’s a surprise! The only thing you know for certain is they are FREE with all retail orders while supplies last! Give them to a friend, or keep them for yourself. You deserve it!

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Our FREE SHIPPING continues! Available for any order anywhere you want to send it. Applies to all retail orders. Ends 12/12/14. Make sure to consult our handy holiday shipping calendar to make sure your order will arrive at its destination on time.
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