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December Holidays: Strange, Weird, and Unusual December Observances

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December Holidays & Strange Observances

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and apparently I should also wish you a very Happy Bathtub Party Day (December 5th). Beyond those normal holidays that we recognize on a federal and religious level, I have gathered together a tremendous list of weird and VERY bizarre December holidays that will shock you… seriously!

Looking for a list of strange holidays observed in a different month? Check out my list of other posts published on MamaNYC (bottom of this post) for every single month of the year. Jump to the bottom of the page for a complete list of strange holidays available on MamaNYC!

December Monthly Observances

Month of Awareness Months Month

World Aids Month

Bingo’s Birthday Month

National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

National Write A Business Plan Month

National Tie Month

Operation Santa Paws (1-24)

Safe Toys Gifts Month December

Quince and Watermelon Month

Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month 

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Spiritual Literacy Month

Take a New Year’s Resolution to Stop Smoking (TANYRSS) – 12/17 – 2/5

Tomato and Winter Squash Month 

Universal Human Rights Month 

Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

Write a Friend Month

Cookie Cutter Week December

December Weekly Observances

Cookie Cutter Week: 1-7

Tolerance Week: 1-7 

Recipe Greetings For The Holidays Week: 2-8 (First Week)

Clerc-Gallaudet Week: 2-8 (First Week)

National Handwashing Awareness Week: 2-8  (First Week)

Human Rights Week: 10-17

Halcyon Days: 14-18 (Always 7 days before and 7 days after the Winter Solstice)

Christmas Bird Count Week: 12/14-1/5

Gluten-free Baking Week: 16-22 (Week Before Christmas)

Posadas: 16-24

Saturnalia: 17-23

It’s About Time Week: 25-31

Kwanzaa: 26-1/1 

December Daily Observances

Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day: 1

Gluten-Free Baking WeekEarmuff Day or Chester Greenwood Day: 1 (First Saturday) 

Eat a Red Apple Day: 1

Special Kids Day: 1 (First Saturday)

Civil Air Patrol Day: 1

Day With(out) Art Day: 1

Rosa Parks Day: 1

Skywarn Recognition Day: 1 (1st Saturday) 

World Aids Awareness Day: 1

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day: 2

National Fritters Day: 2

National Mutt Day: 2

Special Education Day: 2

Day Without Art DayNational Roof over Your Head Day: 2

International Day of Disabled Persons: 3

National Cookie Day: 4

National Dice Day: 4 

Santas’ List Day: 4

Wear Brown Shoes Day: 4

Repeal Day (21st Amendment ends Prohibition): 5

AFL-CIO Day: 5

Bathtub Party Day: 5

International Ninja Day: 5

International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development: 5

Mitten Tree Day: 6 

Put on your own Shoes Day: 6

 Miners’ Day: 6

Santa's List Day Christmas

National Pawnbrokers Day: 6

St. Nicholas Day: 6

Letter Writing Day: 7 

Faux Fur Friday: 7 (First Friday)

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: 7

International Civil Aviation Day: 7

National Cotton Candy Day: 7

National Brownie Day: 8

Day Of The Horse: 8 (Always 2nd Saturday Senate Res. 452)

International Shareware Day: 8 (2nd Saturday)

Christmas Card Day DecemberPretend To Be A Time Traveler Day: 8

Christmas Card Day: 9

International Children’s Day ( Second Sunday in December): 9

National Pastry Day: 9

Hanukkah or Chanukah: 9-16

International Anti-corruption Day: 9

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day (The Compassionate Friends):  9 (The 2nd Sunday) 

Weary Willie Day: 9 

World Choral Day: 9 (Always 2nd Sunday) 

Dewey Decimal System Day: 10

Human Rights Day: 10  

Nobel Prize Day: 10

National Noodle Ring Day: 11

International Mountain Day: 11

UNICEF Birthday: 11

Gingerbread House Day DecemberNational Ding-a-Ling Day:12 

Gingerbread House Day: 12

Poinsettia Day: 12

Pick A Pathologist Pal Day: 13

Monkey Day: 14 

National Salesperson Day: 14 (always 2nd Friday)

Bill of Rights Day: 15

Cat Herders Day: 15

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day: 16

National Chocolate-covered Anything Day: 16Day Without Art Day

Zionism Day: 16

Free Shipping Day: 17   (3rd Monday at Participating Retailers)

Wright Brothers Day: 17

Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day: 18

International Migrants Day: 18

Day for South-South Cooperation: 19

International Human Solidarity Day: 20

Mudd Day: 20

National Re-gifting Day: 20  (The Thursday before Christmas) 

Crossword Puzzle Day: 21

Forefathers Day: 21

Humbug Day: 21

National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day: 21 

Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day: 21

Underdog Day: 21 (3rd Friday)

World Peace Day/Winter Solstice: 21

Yalda: 21

Yule: 21

Mayan Calendar Ends: 21

National Flashlight Day: 21

Look on the Bright Side Day: 21

Ann & Samantha Day: 22 (also June. 21)

National Haiku Poetry Day: 22

Festivus: 23

Merry Christmas Day

National Chocolate Day: 24

National Egg Nog Day: 24

Christmas Eve: 24

A’Phabet Day or No "L" Day : 25

Asarah B’Tevet:  25

Christmas: 25

National Pumpkin Pie Day: 25 

Boxing Day: 26 (Canada)

National Candy Cane Day: 26

National Thank-you Note Day: 26

National Whiner’s Day: 26

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day: 27

National Fruitcake Day: 27 

Card Playing Day: 28

Holy Innocents Day: 28

National Chocolate Day: 28 & 29

Pledge of Allegiance Day: 28

Tick Tock Day: 29

Pepper Pot Day: 29

Bacon Day: 30 

Falling Needles Family Fest Day: 30

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day: 30

Leap Second Time Adjustment Day: 31

Happy New Years Eve 2012 2013

Make Up Your Mind Day: 31

New Years Eve: 31

No Interruptions Day: 31

Universal Hour of Peace Day: 31

World Peace Meditation Day: 31

Unlucky Day: 31  


My name is Nicole Napolitano and I am a full-time professional parenting blogger and work-at-home mom of two adorable and vivacious children (boy - 6 & girl - 2.5). I decided to develop MamaNYC in 2010 shortly (1-month) after transitioning from work-a-holic Internet marketing pro to the shoes of a stay-at-home mom (bored!). As a dedicated business manager for over 9-years, I was determined and positive that I would once again be a successful business woman -- whether or not I had a diaper bag tagging along! I am a New York City native, but relocated with my husband and our two kids to sunny Los Angeles in the summer of 2014. Leaving everything behind was scary, but it's time to make new memories. My interests include web design, Internet marketing, product development and research, SEO, movies, friends, and spending time with my family.

8 thoughts on “December Holidays: Strange, Weird, and Unusual December Observances

  1. Wow, I had no idea – And here I thought it was just the month of Christmas. LOL We will definitely be celebrating Mutt Day tomorrow (we have a very special mutt of our own in this house), but I see no reason to limit Bacon Day to just the 30th…that should be everyday. 😉

  2. Tomato and squash together? Bleh. Don’t think I’ll be celebrating that one! On the other hand, I can’t wait for all of the cookie, chocolate, brownie, cotton candy, pastry, candy cane, and bacon days.

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