Move Over Christmas & make room for Weird Holidays!
December has always been a favorite month to celebrate because of the ever-so-popular Holiday season! Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule & the celebration of Winter Solstice... is full of wonderful feasts, festive foods, gifts, singing, sharing and merrymaking. There's lots of joy and happiness in the month of December but did you know this month has other celebration days related to the holiday season too? Yep, holidays like Santa's List Day, Christmas Card Day, National Candy Cane Day, Poinsettia Day and Saint Nicholas Day. So you see the whole month of December has many reasons to celebrate it- December even has a long list of December food holidays too!
Holidays you didn't know existed!
The Holidays listed above (for the most part) are holidays most of us didn't even know existed, but are they weird? Nahhhhh, not really- unusual and uncommon yes but not weird! Having said that December still has observances that "ARE" on the weird, wild & wacky side. Just read our list below and I bet you can come up with some really fun ways to show your spirit for the day :)
It's A Fact: "People who don't celebrate Christmas spend a lot of time celebrating weird holidays!"
• Bingo's Birthday Month--December 1-31
• Bathtub Party Day - December 5
• Mitten Tree Day - December 6. This holiday is
popular in schools. It's celebrated by setting up
a fake tree, and have the children bring in a pair
of mittens to hang on the tree for a cute and
personal decoration for the classroom.
• Take It in the Ear Day - December 8
• National Regifting Day - Thurs. before Christmas
• Wear a plunger on your head day - December 18
• Mudd Day - December 20
• Humbug Day - December 21
• Crossword Puzzle Day - December 21
• National Whiner's Day - December 26
• Tick Tock Day - December 29
• Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute--December 30
• No Interruptions Day - December 31
• National Dice Day
Here's some great Holiday Season Facts for you:
Wikipedia says "The precise definition of feasts and festival days that are encompassed by the Christmas/winter holiday season has become controversial over recent decades. Traditionally, the only holidays included in the "season" were Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day (in some countries), New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Three Kings Day. In recent times, this definition has begun to expand to include Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Due to the phenomenon of Christmas creep and the informal inclusion of American Thanksgiving, the "winter" holiday season has begun to extend into late autumn."
December is the 12th month of the year
in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.
In Latin, decem means "ten". December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February. December's flower is the narcissus or holly. December's birthstones are turquoise, lapis lazuli, zircon, topaz (blue), or tanzanite. December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
December starts on the same day of the week as September.
Is That All?
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Did You Know?
The forty days before Christmas became the "forty days of St. Martin" (which began on November 11, the feast of St. Martin of Tours), now known as Advent. In Italy, former Saturnalian traditions were attached to Advent. Around the 12th century, these traditions transferred again to the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25 – January 5)