Looking for something to celebrate? December is chock full of holidays and special days. We can look forward to Hanukkah (starts on the 24th and by the way, here are some recipes) and Christmas (the 25th, and you should make some cookies), plus the New Year’s festivities a week later.
But did you know we have a wealth of other special days, including:
Today – Poinsettia Day, which marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist, physician and envoy to Mexico who, in 1828, sent cuttings of a plant he discovered in southern Mexico back to his home in Charleston, SC.
Dec. 13 – National Ice Cream Day. (Yes, there’s one in July too, proclaimed by President Reagan back in 1984.)
Dec. 14 – Full moon – go out and look!
Dec. 16 – National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. You know what to do!
Dec. 17 – National Maple Syrup Day. Did someone say pancakes?
Dec. 19 – Ugly Sweater Day. Come on, get in the spirit!
It’s also Oatmeal Muffin Day.
Dec. 21 – Winter Solstice. Shortest day of the year.
It’s also National Humbug Day. Vent your frustrations about all of the holiday prep you’re doing and release some stress.
Not a Scrooge? It’s also National Look on the Bright Side Day. Look for the positive today.
For Dr. Who fans, it’s International Dalek Remembrance Day. Time for a Dr. Who marathon!
Dec. 22 – Date Nut Bread Day.
Dec. 23 – Festivus. For the rest of us. Thanks, Frank Costanza! According to “tradition,” the holiday meal is accompanied by the “airing of grievances” and followed by “feats of strength,” in which the head of the household wrestles with the guests.
Dec. 26 – National Thank You Note Day.
Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve! Also National Make Up your Mind Day.