December is the 12th month according to both the Gregorian and Julian calendars. It is the month when winter officially begins (in the northern hemisphere) and the most recognizable holiday of the year, Christmas, occurs on the 25th.

However, December is a month that is filled with other holidays, remembrances and celebrations that make this one of the most special months of all.

Happy Holidays

Pearl Harbor Day – December 7th, 1941

This day remembers the Japanese attack on the U. S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor which crippled the American fleet and signaled the entrance of the U. S. into World War 2. During this day, flags are flown at half-staff and those that died in the attack are remembered. On December 8th, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the sneak attack, “…a day that will live in infamy” and then the US declared war on Japan.

Festivus – December 23rd

“Festivus for the rest of us” is a famous phrase from an episode of the highly successful TV sitcom “Seinfeld” that aired on December 18th, 1997. In the episode, George’s father celebrates Festivus with an unadorned aluminum pole instead of a Christmas tree, the meal is meatloaf and the “Airing of Grievances” is followed by the “Feats of Strength”. This hilarious episode has helped popularize this non-denominational holiday which, as stated, is for the rest of us.

Christmas – December 25th

Easily the biggest holiday of the year, Christmas is a time when Christians celebrate the birth of their savior Jesus Christ. It is also a time for families as well to gather around the Christmas tree, sing carols about the season and give gifts to each other. Christmas is celebrated around the world and provides a sense of wonder as the sense of kindness and concern for our fellow man is strengthened.

Christmas has many traditions as well which includes Santa Claus and his eight reindeer or nine including Rudolph travelling across the night sky delivering gifts to the children. There are presents in stockings hung on the fireplace mantle and under the tree as well.

Boxing Day – December 26th

Celebrated mostly in England, Australia, Canada and New Zealand (and somewhat in the United States), Boxing Day follows Christmas and is an expression of thanks and giving to their fellow man. The origins of Boxing Day go back to the Middle Ages when merchants would fill boxes full of food, fruits and treats and give them to those less fortunate.

New Year’s Eve – December 31st

Although not technically a holiday, many people consider this day to be one since they celebrate the coming of the New Year on this day. In fact, the time spent celebrating the upcoming year happens more on this day than the next, although it is fair to say that many of these same people are recovering on New Year’s Day. The famous dropping of the ball in New York City was a tradition that began on 1908 and has continued ever since.

These are the most prominent holidays in December, although there are many others that people celebrate along with Christmas and New Year’s Eve.


List of December Holidays

December 1

Cyber Monday
Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day
Civil Air Patrol Day
Day Without Art Day
World Aids Day
Rosa Parks Day

December 2

Giving Tuesday (After Cyber Monday)
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day
National Mutt Day
Special Education Day

December 3

International Day of Persons With Disabilities
Special Kids Day (First Wednesday)

December 4

National Cookie Day
National Dice Day

December 5

World Wildlife Conservation Day
Bartender Appreciation Day (First Friday)
Bathtub Party Day
Columbian International Day of The Reef
Faux Fur Friday (First Friday)
International Ninja Day
International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development
National Salesperson Day (First Friday)
Sachertorte Day
World Soil Day

December 6

Miners’ Day
National Pawnbrokers Day
Skywarn Recognition Day (1st Saturday)
St. Nicholas Day
Earmuff Day or Chester Greenwood Day (First Saturday)

December 7

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
International Civil Aviation Day
National Cotton Candy Day

December 8

Green Monday  (2nd Monday)
Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

December 9

International Anti-corruption Day
Weary Willie Day

December 10

Dewey Decimal System Day
Human Rights Day
Jane Addams Day
Nobel Prize Day

December 11

International Mountain Day
UNICEF Birthday

December 12

Gingerbread House Day
National 12-hour Fresh Breath Day
Official Lost & Found Day (2nd Friday)
Poinsettia Day

December 13

Asarah B’Tevet
Gingerbread Decorating Day (2nd Saturday)
Pick A Pathologist Pal Day
Day Of The Horse (2nd Saturday)
International Shareware Day (2nd Saturday)

December 14

Monkey Day
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day (2nd Sunday)
World Choral Day (2nd Sunday)

December 15

Bill of Rights Day
Cat Herders Day

December 16

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
National Chocolate-covered Anything Day
Zionism Day

December 17

Wright Brothers Day
Mark My Words Day

December 18

Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day
Arabic Language Day
International Migrants Day
National Re-gifting Day (The Thursday before Xmas)

December 19

Underdog Day (3rd Friday)
Cat on a Bike Day

December 20

International Human Solidarity Day
Games Day
Mudd Day
National Sangria Day
World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

December 21

Ann & Samantha Day
Crossword Puzzle Day
Forefathers Day
Humbug Day
International Dalek Remembrance Day
National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day
World Peace Day/Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice (Winter)

December 22

National Haiku Poetry Day
Randomness Day

December 23

Human Light Celebration

December 24

Christmas Eve
Egg Nog Day

December 25

A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day
Christmas Pudding Day

December 26

Boxing Day (Canada)
National Candy Cane Day
National Thank-you Note Day
National Whiner’s Day

December 27

Howdy Doody Day
Visit The Zoo Day

December 28

Holy Innocents Day
National Chocolate Day
Pledge of Allegiance Day

December 29

Tick Tock Day
Dishwasher Appreciation Day

December 30

Bacon Day
Falling Needles Family Fest Day

December 31

New Years Eve
Make Up Your Mind Day
No Interruptions Day
Universal Hour of Peace Day
World Peace Meditation Day


Rumor Has It …

… that December was actually named after the Roman God of Decadence, Decatur who was half bearded man, half goat, but sadly in the latter part of life contracted hoof ‘n’ mouth disease.


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