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• December 5 is International Day, a time set DEERE. JOHN DEERE.Ninja (continued): aside to celebrate martial arts skills. just • It was while living in Illinois that This Johnisnotheticed tenththe yearproblems it has been as the holithatrecognized, farmers faced when dayattempting was created in 2003 in conjunction with the to till soil. Because the area had December 5th opening date of Tom Cruise’s film formerly been woodland, the soil was rich Thewith Lasthummus, Samurai,which whichclumped featuredand a battle clungscene to between samurai and ninja. Those observing the the blades of the plows farmers were accusholiday dress like ninjas. cirtomedare to encouraged using. Whiletorepairing a broken cular saw,and Deere stumbled uponcelebrate an idea. HeSt. • Europeans Scandinavians employed hison smith skills to fashion Nicholas Day December 6, and the in steel many blade into the shape of a plow. He countries, it is the primary occasion for affixed gift-givwooden spokes,season. then hitched the device ingtwo during the holiday It commemorates to a horse. It plowed the heavy Illinois soil the feast day of this 4th-century Greek Bishop like a charm. In fact, a farmer who happened of Myra who had a reputation of giving gifts in to be observing the test run immediately put secret, tucking sweets and coins in shoes and in an order for his own John Deere plow.

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