Sunday, December 2, 2012

Bizarre and Unique December Holidays

There are certainly legitimate days of celebration and remembrance in December such as Pearl Harbor Day (U.S.) on December 7, Hanukkah on December 9, the Winter Solstice on December 21, Christmas on December 25, Boxing Day (UK and Commonwealth Countries) on December 26, and the beginning of Kwanzaa on December 26.

But every month seems to also come with a full calendar of bizarre and unique holidays and days of celebration…not the legal type of holiday that comes with no mail delivery, banks closed, schools closed, etc.  These are the days dedicated to the wacky and weird.

Here's a sampling (by no means all) of December's offerings for 2012 starting with the fact that December is Bingo Month.

December 1          Eat A Red Apple Day

December 2          National Fritters Day

December 3          National Roof Over Your Head Day

December 4          Wear Brown Shows Day
December 4          Santa's List Day:  Have you been naughty or nice this year? Thanks to Santa's elves and all their hard work, he now has two lists. An interview with Santa and his top elves disclosed that they strive to have the lists ready by this date.

December 5          Bathtub Party Day
December 5          Repeal Day:  The 1933 passage of the 21st Amendment is certainly a day for celebration. The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment (the one that brought Prohibition to the United States on January 16, 1919).

December 6          Mitten Tree Day
December 6          Put On Your Own Shoes Day:  There doesn't seem to be any record of where this day came from or why someone felt a need to celebrate putting on one's own shoes. But…here it is!

December 7          National Cotton Candy Day

December 8          National Brownie Day
December 8          Take It In The Ear Day

December 9          Christmas Card Day
December 9          National Pastry Day:  This is a fun day where everyone is encouraged to make (and EAT) their favorite pastries. There doesn't seem to be any information about the origin of National Pastry Day, but a National day does require an act of congress.

December 11        National Noodle Ring Day

December 12        Poinsettia Day
December 12        National Ding-A-Ling Day:  On this day you should prepare to experience bizarre and crazy behavior from everyone you encounter. Some say this is a day for wackos, lunatics, and others of that ilk. Others say it's simply a day to cut loose and act a little weird. It is to be noted that Ding-A-Lings and Dingbats are not the same thing. Although referred to as a National day, there's no record of any congressional action.

December 13        Ice Cream Day
December 13        Violin Day

December 14        National Bouillabaisse Day

December 15        National Lemon Cupcake Day

December 16        National Chocolate Covered Anything Day:  Chocoholics rejoice! This is the day to indulge, binge, pig out, and consume your favorite food to excess. And is it a coincidence that this special day comes so close to Christmas?

December 17        National Maple Syrup Day

December 18        Bake Cookies Day
December 18        National Roast Suckling Pig Day

December 19        Look For An Evergreen Day
December 19        Oatmeal Muffin Day

December 20        Go Caroling Day

December 21        Forefather's Day
December 21        Humbug Day
December 21        National Flashlight Day
December 21        Look On The Bright Side Day
December 21        Mayan Calendar Ends:  This relates to the year 2012 only and has certainly been in the news a lot the last couple of years. The Mayan culture dates back approximately 6000 years with Guatemala the cultural and commercial center of their empire which covered much of Central America. Among other things, they were astronomers and considered 13 to be a sacred number. The Mayans kept several calendars to keep track of different things. The one ending on December 21, 2012, is only one of those calendars and represented only the current cycle. That doesn't mean there weren't more calendars with future predictions beyond that date that simply haven't been found.

December 22        National Date Nut Bread Day

December 23        Festivus
December 23        Roots Day

December 24        National Egg Nog Day
December 24        National Chocolate Day:  For those of you who haven't had your fill from National Chocolate Covered Everything Day, here's another day devoted to chocolate, and just the day before Christmas.

December 25        National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 27        Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
December 27        National Fruitcake Day:  That much maligned and ridiculed seasonal treat couldn't be ignored. The jokes are plentiful—they can be used as a door stop or paper weight, it's so dense that scientists can't penetrate far enough into it to determine its exact composition, its density prevents it from being carbon-dated to determine its age, many fruitcakes are suspected of being hundreds of years old, it's the most re-gifted item with the same fruitcake being passed from person to person over many years.

December 28        Card Playing Day

December 29        Pepper Pot Day

December 30        National Bicarbonate of Soda Day (for those who attempted to eat the fruitcake?)

December 31        Make Up Your Mind Day
December 31        Unlucky Day:  Certainly this day will be unlucky for some people, just as any of the other days this year will be unlucky for some people. Perhaps the reason December 31 has been declared as Unlucky Day is to give everyone the opportunity to get everything bad out of the way so they can welcome a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

So, there you have it.  And, as seems to be with each month, many of the bizarre and weird holidays and celebrations are centered around food and drink.  For December, it's 20 of the days listed here…21 if you count bicarbonate of soda as part of the food and drink category.  :)

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