December Holidays

MONTH LONG OBSERVANCES IN DECEMBER

Bingo Month
Write A Friend Month
Hi Neighbor Month
National Eggnog Month
National Fruitcake Month
Stress Free Family Holiday Month


SPECIAL DAYS IN DECEMBER

December 1
Eat A Red Apple Day
World Aids Awareness Day
Rosa Parks Day
National French Fried Clam Day
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
National Tie Month
Advent begins
Basketball Day

December 2
National Fritters Day
Special Education Day

December 3
International Day of the Disabled Person
National Roof Over your Head Day
National Peppermint Latte Day
Wear Brown Shoes Day

December 4
Santa’s List Day
National Cookie Day
National Salesperson Day
Phonograph was invented in 1877

December 5
Walt Disney born in 1901
National Comfort Food Day
National Ninja Day

December 6
St. Nicholas Day
Ira Gershwin’s Birthday in 1896
National Gazpacho Day
National “Cook For Christmas” Day
Mitten Tree Day
Miner’s Day
13th USA Amendment ratified Abolishing Slavery in 1865

December 7
Pearl Harbor Day
Letter Writing Day
National Cotton Candy Day (Fairy Floss)

December 8
National Brownie Day
International Children’s Day

December 9
Christmas Card Day
National Pastry Day
Ball Bearing Roller Skates Patented in 1884

December 10
Human Rights Day

December 11
National “Have a Bagel” Day
Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, 1620
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

December 12
Poinsettia Day
Frank Sinatra’s Birthday, 1915
Golf Tee was patented
National Cocoa Day
Gingerbread House Day

December 13
Ice Cream Day
Violin Day
National Popcorn String Day

December 14
First Miniature Golf Course Opened in 1929
South Pole Discovered in 1911
National Biscuits & Gravy Day
Green Monday
National Bouillabaisse Day

December 15
Bill of Rights Day
National Lemon Cupcake Day
Phonograph patented in 1877 by Thomas Edison
Underdog Day
National Gingerbread Latte Day

December 16
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Boston Tea Party in 1773
Beethoven born in 1770
Zionism Day
Las Posadas
Hanukkah Begins at sundown & goes thru Dec. 24 at sundown

December 17
National Maple Syrup Day
Wright Bother’s Day first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903

December 18
Bake Cookies Day
National “I Love Honey” Day
Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day

December 19
Oatmeal Muffin Day
Look For an Evergreen Day
Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” published in 1843

December 20
Go Caroling Day
Games Day
World Day of Prayer & Action For Children
National Hard Candy Day

December 21
First Day of Winter in Northern Hemisphere/First Day of Summer in Southern Hemisphere
National French Fried Shrimp Day
National Hamburger Day
Look On The Bright Side Day
National Flashlight Day
Celebrate Short Fiction Day
Crossword Puzzle Day
Forefathers’ Day
National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
Look At The Bright Side Day

December 22
National Date Nut Bread Day
First Christmas Lights For Sale in 1882
Thermometer was invented

December 23
Roots Day
National Bake Day
National Pfeffernusse Day

December 24
Christmas Eve
Hanukkah ends at sunset
National Chocolate Day
National Egg Nog Day

December 25
CHRISTMAS DAY
National Pumpkin Pie Day
National “Kiss The Cook” Day
Christmas Pudding Day

December 26
Boxing Day
Kwanzaa begins. Ends Jan.1, 2015
National Candy Cane Day
Thank You Note Day

December 27
Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
National Fruitcake Day
Visit the Zoo Day

December 28
Card Playing Day
Chewing Gum Patented in 1869
National Chocolate Candy Day
Pledge of Allegiance Day

December 29
Bowling Ball invented in 1862
National “Get On The Scales” Day

December 30
“Let’s Make A Deal” Day – TV Show debuted in 1963
Bacon Day

December 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Make Up Your Mind Day
National Vinegar Day

 

Taken from:

http://foodimentary.com/today-in-national-food-holidays/december-national-food-holidays/
http://www.brownielocks.com/december.html

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/december/
http://www.theteacherscorner.net/calendars/december.php
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/december.htm


ST. NICHOLAS DAY

St. Nicholas Day is December 6. Yes, there really was a Christian Saint Nicholas. He lived in the country of Greece, just a couple hundred years after the birth of Christ. This day is in honor of Saint Nicholas and his life.

Saint Nicholas became a priest, and later, a Bishop of the early Catholic Church. True to the Christian concept of giving up belongings and following Christ, St. Nicholas gave up all of his belongings. He was well known for giving to needy people, especially children. There are maNy stories and tales of him helping out children in need.

The practice of hanging up stockings originated with Saint Nicholas. As the ancient legend goes, Saint Nicholas was known to throw small bags of gold coins into the open windows of poor homes. After one bag of gold fell into the stocking of a child, news got around. Children soon began hanging their stocking by their chimneys "in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there".

It wasn't until the 1800's that the spirit of St. Nicholas' life evolved into the creation of Santa Claus. And, this happened  in America. Santa Claus emerged (or evolved) from the stories and legends of St. Nicholas. Santa Claus was kind and generous to children. Unlike "St. Nick", Santa Claus is largely a non-religious character.

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/December/stnicholasday.htm


Boxing Day

When: December 26th. However, some people will celebrate it on the first weekday after Christmas. If Christmas falls on a Friday or a Saturday, Boxing Day is the following Monday.

Boxing Day is celebrated in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other former British commonwealth countries. It is a legal holiday in these countries. This is also St. Stephans Day, where Boxing Day gets some of it's roots. On St. Stephans' Day, churches opened their collection boxes to the poor.

Boxing Day was an expression of appreciation and thanks, much like Christmas tips are today.  

The roots of the holiday goes back to the Middle Ages . On this day, members of the merchant class would take boxes, fill them with food and fruits, and give them to servants, tradespeople and the less fortunate. In the case of servants, they would work on Christmas Day, so it was only fitting that immediately after Christmas, they would be given a day off to celebrate. Usually celebrated the day after Christmas, some would celebrate the following Monday when Christmas fell on a Friday or Saturday.

Today, the giving of boxes includes filling boxes with food and clothing for the needy and performing volunteer work. Monetary gifts to charity are also common.