December is…

Well, folks, it is December. The last month of the year. The month of ho-ho-ho, “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel,” and The Nguzo Saba. The month of Las Posadas, gingerbread cookies, candy canes, and Hanukkah gelt. It is the month of giving gifts and stealing parking spots, cold mornings and warm hearts, nights by the fire and days at the mall. So put up your feet, have a caramel latte and enjoy all the OTHER things you can celebrate!


Birthstone:        Turquoise or Zircon (anybody want some tweezers?)

Flower:               Holly or Narcissus

New Moon:      December 9

Full Moon:        December 24


Monthly observances…

Bingo’s Birthday month  the game, not the dog

Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness Month

Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month cut up those credit card receipts!

Learn a Foreign Language Month didn’t we just learn Chinese in November?

National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month HAH! Like that’ll ever happen…

National Sign Up For Summer Camp Month

National Write a Business Plan Month

National Tie Month buy one for all the men on your list!

Operation Santa Paws (12/1-22)

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Spiritual Literacy Month know your religion!

Take a New Year’s Resolution to Stop Smoking (TANYRSS)

Universal Human Rights Month


Special December weeks…

12/1-7             Cookie Cutter Week gingerbread people rule!

                        National Aplastic Anemia Awareness Week

                        Tolerance Week

12/1-8              Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week

12/2-8              National Handwriting Week download a handwriting font!

12/3-9              Clerc-Gallaudet Week

12/4-12            Hanukkah ‘oy to the World!

12/10-16          Human Rights Week

12/15-21          International Language Week talk to someone…

12/15-29          Halcyon Days ah, the golden days of holiday lights…

12/16-24          Las Posadas

12/17-23          Saturnalia

12/25-31          It’s About Time Week

12/26-1/1         Kwanzaa

Delightful Days of December…

12/1     Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day too late…

            Day With(out) Art Day is like a day without sunshine…

            Skywarn Recognition Day

            World AIDS Day

12/2     International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day

            Special Education Day

12/3     International Day of Disabled Persons

12/4     Chase’s Calendar of Events Birthday

            Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day hug your coworkers!

            National Dice Day

            Saint Barbara’s Day

            First Day of Hanukkah (at sundown)

12/5     AFL-CIO Day look for Jimmy Hoffa!

            Bathtub Party Day

            International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development

            National Communicate with your Baby Day teach an infant sign language!

            Special Kids Day

            Thailand: National Holiday for the King’s Birthday

            Second Day of Hanukkah

12/6     Miners’ Day

            National Pawnbrokers Day holiday gifts at your local pawn shop!

            St. Nicholas Day

            Ecuador: Day of Quito

            Third Day of Hanukkah

12/7     Firepup Day

            National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

            National Civil Aviation Day

            National Cotton Candy Day

            Fourth Day of Hanukkah

12/8     International Shareware Day download something!

            Fifth Day of Hanukkah

12/9     Day of the Horse

            National Childrens’ Memorial Day

            Weary Willie Day who the heck is Weary Willie?

            Sixth Day of Hanukkah

12/10   Human Rights Day

            Nobel Prize Day

            Seventh Day of Hanukkah

12/11   International Mountain Day go hiking!

            UNICEF Birthday

            Burkina Faso: National Day

            Indiana: Admission Day

            Eighth Day of Hanukkah

12/12   Gingerbread House Day as much fun to make as they are to smash on 12/31!

            Mexico: Lady of Guadalupe Day

            Puerto Rico: Las Mañanitas

            Poinsettia Day

12/13   Ice cream and Violins Day listen to Vivaldi at Brusters!

            Sweden: St. Lucia Day

12/15   Bill of Rights Day

            Cat Herders Day don’t you think they deserve a special WEEK?

12/16   Barbie and Barney Backlash Day paint an old Barbie doll purple!

            National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

12/17   Clean Air Day

            Wright Brothers Day

12/18   International Migrants Day

            Belgium: Nuts Fair food or people?

            Mexico: Feast of Our Lady of Solitude

12/20   Eid-ul-Adha

            Sacagawea Day

            Mudd Day

12/21   Forefathers Day

            Humbug Day go see A Christmas Carol & cheer every time Scrooge says it!

            Phileas Fogg Win-A-Wager Day

            Underdog Day there’s no need to fear!

            First Day of Winter

12/22   Abilities Day

            National Haiku Poetry Day write one for a Wiccan Witch (see below)

            World Peace Day

            Iran: Yalda

            Wiccan: Yule

            Forefathers’ Day

            Winter Solstice (1:08am EST)

12/23   Festivus

12/25   Christmas Day

            A’phabet Day or No “L” Day

            Stock Exchange Holiday

            Taiwan: Constitution Day

12/26   Boxing Day (Canada)

            National Candy Cane Day put some in a box!

            National Whiner’s Day but I wanted a Pooooonnnnnyyyyy!

            Bahamas: Junkanoo sounds like fun…Red Stripe anyone?

            Ireland: Day of the Wren

            Luxembourg: Blessing of the Wine

            St. Stephen’s Day

            South Africa: Day of Goodwill

            First Day of Kwanzaa

12/27   St. John, Apostle-Evangelist: Feast Day

12/28   National Chocolate Day the 2nd best day in December!

            No Interruptions Day don’t bother me…I’m eating chocolate!

            Australia: Proclamation Day

            Nepal: National Holiday

            Holy Innocents Day (Childermas)

            Second Day of Kwanzaa

12/29   National Chocolate Day (#2) oh, heaven!

            Tick Tock Day

            Third Day of Kwanzaa

12/30   Falling Needles Family Fest Day

            Fourth Day of Kwanzaa

12/31   Leap Second Time Adjustment Day I’ll never catch up on the lost sleep…

            Make up Your Mind Day

            New Year’s Eve

            Universal Hour of Peace Day

            World Peace Meditation Day

            Ghana: Revolution Day

            Japan: Namahage

            Samoa: Fire Dance

            St. Sylvester’s Day

            Scotland: Hogmanay does this have anything to do with haggis?

            Fifth Day of Kwanzaa

Selected Author Birthdays:

12/1     Jan Brett, 1949

12/2     William Wegman, 1943; David Macaulay, 1946

12/3     Esther Carlson, 1920; Barbara Broooks Wallace, 1922

12/4     Munro Wilbur Leaf, 1905

12/5     Ann Nolan Clark, 1896

12/6     James Arthur Kjelgaard, 1910; John Reynolds Gardiner, 1944

12/7     John Tunis, 1889

12/8     Edward Tunis, 1897; Miriam Chaikin, 1929

12/9     Joel Chandler Harris, 1848; Mary Downing Hahn, 1937

1/2/10  Mary Norton, 1903; Douglas Wood, 1951

12/11   Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1918; William Joyce, 1957

12/12   Gustave Flaubert, 1821; Barbara Emberley, 1932

12/13   Tamora Pierce, 1954

12/14   Rosemary Sutcliff, 1920

12/15   Deborah Savage, 1955

12/16   Peter Dickinson, 1927; Bill Brittain, 1930

12/17   David Kheridan, 1931

12/18   Marilyn Sachs, 1927

12/19   Eve Bunting, 1928

12/20   Carol Farley, 1936; Dennis Brindell Fradin, 1945

12/21   Michael Berenstain, 1951

12/22   Jerry Pinkney, 1939

12/23   Avi, 1937; Keiko Kasza, 1951

12/24   John Langstaff, 1920; Mary Higgins Clark, 1931

12/25   Ann Nolan Clark, 1896; Eth Clifford, 1915

12/26   Jean Van Leeuwen, 1937

12/27   Ingir Parin d’Aulair, 1904; Diane Stanley, 1943

12/28   Carol Ryrie Brink, 1895; Cynthia DeFelice, 1951

12/29   Richard Atwater, 1892; Molly Garrett Bang, 1943

12/30   Rudyard Kipling, 1865; Mercer Mayer, 1943

12/31   Margery Cuyler, 1948

Susan Grigsby, Teacher-Librarian
Elkins Pointe Middle School
Alpharetta, Georgia

Posted on November 28, 2007, in Activities, Communications. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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