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
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
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
12/25-31 It’s About Time Week
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!
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
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
12/21 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
Winter Solstice (1:08am EST)
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
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