Happy (_________) Day!

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:

TodayPoinsettia 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. 13National 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. 16National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. You know what to do!

Dec. 17National Maple Syrup Day. Did someone say pancakes?

It’s also Wright Brothers Day, which commemorates the day in 1903 that Orville and Wilbur flew the first heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled flying machine at Kitty Hawk, NC.

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. 22Date Nut Bread Day.

Dec. 23Festivus. 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. 26National Thank You Note Day.

Dec. 29National Pepper Pot Day. According to tradition, eating pepper pot stew (made of tripe, vegetables and pepper) gave George Washington’s army the strength to win the American Revolution.

Dec. 30National Bicarbonate of Soda Day. Baking soda is one of the most used chemicals of all time. Replace the box in your fridge – or make a baking soda and vinegar volcano with the kids!

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve! Also National Make Up your Mind Day.

Welcome 2017!

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