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December 2013 Celebrations

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Photo by Scott Bauer.
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Only 31 days left in 2013.  Here are a few serious and not so serious dates to celebrate:

Monthly events:  Bingo Month; and Write a Friend Month (a real, paper letter, not a Tweet, text, e-mail, FB post, etc.)

  • Dec. 1: Eat a Red Apple Day; and World Aids Awareness Day
  • Dec. 3: National Roof over your Head Day (definitely something for which to be grateful)
  • Dec. 5:  End of Hanukkah (Chanukah); and Bathtub Party Day
  • Dec. 6:  St. Nicholas Day
  • Dec. 7:  Pearl Harbor Day
  • Dec. 8:  National Brownie Day (yum!); and International Children’s Day (I’m happy for the children in my life)
  • Dec. 10:  Human Rights Day
  • Dec. 12:  National Ding-a-Ling Day (probably not the same intent as that from the song “My Ding-a-Ling” written and recorded by Dave Bartholomew; also covered by Chuck Berry in 1972)
  • Dec. 16:  National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
  • Dec. 21:  Humbug Day; and 1st Day of Winter (makes sense)
  • Dec. 24:  National Chocolate Day (I’m sensing a trend)
  • Dec. 25:  Christmas Day
  • Dec. 26:  Kwanzaa; and Boxing Day
  • Dec. 27:  National Fruitcake Day (do they drop them off tops of buildings?)
  • Dec. 31:  Make up your Mind Day (I will make up my mind not to have any New Years resolutions)

December Calendar “Celebrations.”

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As with my November list of “celebrations” the last month of the year is filled with many notable – and not so notable – events, some obvious – some not so obvious:

  • Dec. 1:  AIDS Awareness Day; Rosa Parks Day, Playboy Magazine first published (had to add something for everyone)
  • Dec. 3: International Day of Disabled Persons
  • Dec. 5:  Volunteer Day
  • Dec. 7:  Pearl Harbor Day – Remembrance Day
  • Dec. 8: Hanukkah begins – through the 16th
  • Dec. 10: Human Rights Day (UN) – adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Dec. 11: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) established
  • Dec. 12: Bonza Bottler Day – an excuse to celebrate when the date and the monthly number are the same
  • Dec. 13: Ice Cream and Violins Day – why the heck not?
  • Dec. 14: NASCAR founded (1947); I had to add this one for my husband
  • Dec. 15: Bill of Rights Day (US)
  • Dec. 18: 13th Amendment (US) ratified abolishing slavery
  • Dec. 21: Winter Solstice
  • Dec. 24: Eggnog Day; Remember to Read the Instructions Night (seems appropriate as parents everywhere set up bicycles, toys, etc.)
  • Dec. 25: Christmas Day
  • Dec. 26: Boxing Day (Canada, UK); First Day of Kwanzaa
  • Dec. 27: Howy Doody television show premieres on NBC – only Baby Boomers would know this one
  • Dec. 28: First American test tube baby born (1981)
  • Dec. 30: The Wonderful World of Disney television series is cancelled (1980) – again, a Baby Boomers staple way back when
  • Dec. 31:  New Years Eve – marking the end of one miserable year and the start of a better year; also, the Official end of WWII (1946).