The following events have been occasioned in some way by the approach of the holidays:

In North Brunswick, N.J., nearly 100 workers singing "Jingle Bells" marched from the Okonite Corp. cable manufacturing plant after mass suspensions from work for wearing Santa Claus hats. Okonite officials declared the headwear inappropriate. Workers gathered outside the plant with signs reading "Okonite Humbug" ...

Archeologists near Tallahassee, Fla., have uncovered evidence that Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto and his men celebrated the first Christmas in the continental United States there in 1539. Some 2,000 bags of artifacts have been uncovered at the four-acre site, including a 1517 Spanish coin, a horse's tooth and fragments of the jawbone of a pig ...

Five pastry chefs at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, after working for two weeks, have created a vast gingerbread village for seasonal display there. The edible hamlet includes six gingerbread houses, a barn, a church, hills and mountains of icing and a pastillage bridge over a river of blue gel. It could not be determined last night whether the project would eventually include gingerbread condominiums ...

A Larchmont, N.Y., firm called Pola Nu-Rotics is marketing for Hanukah a $1.98 auto accessory called Rabbi ben Dashboard who hangs from the rear-view mirror and nags you with good driving advice. Among his precepts: "Vatch That Volvo!" and "Mind the Cops. Leave the Schnapps!"