By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.
Did you know that if you do a quick Google search on “December Holidays” you’ll find there is a holiday for every single day of this month? Most days, in fact, have more than one holiday, or at least something special about them. (Who knew that the Golf Tee was patented on the 12th?) I suspected there were a lot of them for December, but more than one a day? Really? How cool!
Don’t have an Advent Calendar, per se? There’s no crime in writing the days on a “regular” calendar, but put a sticky note over each day, and don’t let anyone peek!
What’s fun is that “National _____ Day” events tend to change from year to year, so you never know what’s going to come up when you do the search each year.
Here’s a list of some I found for December 2009:
1. Eat a Red Apple Day; National Pie Day; Rosa Parks Day; World AIDS Day; Special Kids Day
2. National Fritters Day; Special Education Day; International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3. International Day of the Disabled; National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day
4. National Cookie Day; Wear Brown Shoes Day; National Dice Day
5. Walt Disney’s Birthday; International Volunteer Day; Bathtub Party Day; AFL-CIO Day
6. Ira Gershwin’s Birthday; Mitten Tree Day; St Nicholas Day; Coats & Toys for Kids DayNational Cotton Candy Day; Pearl Harbor Day; Civil Aviation Day
7. National Brownie Day; Islamic New Year; National Cotton Candy Day
8. Ball-Bearing Roller Skates Patented (1884); First Christmas Seals Issued (1907); International Children’s Broadcasting Day
9. Emily Dickinson’s Birthday (1830); Human Rights Day; Nobel Peace Prize Awarded
10. Hanukkah Begins at Sunset; National Noodle Ring Day; UNICEF Anniversary (1946); Apollo 17 Moon Landing
11. International Mountain Day; Hovercraft Patented; Poinsettia Day; Bonza Bottler Day (Happens every month when the month and day are the same: Sept 9, Jan 1; Dec 12, etc.); Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
12. National Cocoa Day; Ice Cream and Violins Day; 1st Susan B Anthony Dollar (1978)
13. First Miniature Golf Course Opened (1929); South Pole Discovered (1911)
14. Phonograph patented (1877); Bill of Rights Day; Netscape Navigator Released (1994)
15. Boston Tea Party Anniversary (1773); Las Posadas (Mexican holiday that reenacts Joseph’s search for an inn), Beethoven’s Birthday; Cat Herders Day
16. National Maple Syrup Day; Underdog Day; Wright Brother’s Day; National Chocolate Covered Anything Day; National Re-gifting Day
17. National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day; 13th Amendment, Abolishing Slavery, Ratified (1865)
18. Oatmeal Muffin Day; International Migrants Day
19. Games Day
20. 1st Crossword Puzzle in a Newspaper; Humbug Day; Look at the Bright Side Day; National Flashlight Day
21. 1st Christmas Lights for Sale (1882); Thermometer Invented; Winter Solstice-Winter Begins; Maritime Day; National Haiku Poetry Day
22. Roots Day
23. Christmas Eve; National Egg Nog Day; Remember to Read the Instructions First Night; Silent Night Sung for the First Time (1818)
24. Christmas; National Pumpkin Pie Day
That gets us to Christmas, but there’s still nearly a week of December left! Why not continue? There’s still Kwanzaa and Boxing Day on the 26th, not to mention National Whiner’s Day, and Visit the Zoo Day on the 27th…