Holidays in December

Get ready for a jam-packed Holidays in December!

Not only do we have Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's Eve to celebrate, but can you believe there's a National Cookie Day and a National Cocoa Day? How perfect for this month as winter creeps in.

We'll also have a chance to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor, salute unsung heroes on Underdog Day or, if you really must, complain, complain, complain on Whiners Day.

So have fun with holidays in December. It's a great month to enjoy your friends and family. And if you must complain, save it for the 26th!

The narcissus or holly is December's flower. The modern birthstones for December are turquoise, blue topaz, and tanzanite. The traditional birthstones are lapis and zircon.

Winter Poems

December 1

Rosa Parks Day

December 4

National Cookie Day

December 7

Pearl Harbor Day
- Read and listen to President Roosevelt's Day of Infamy Speech

December 10

Human Rights Day

December 12

National Poinsettia Day

December 13

St. Lucia Day or St. Lucy's Day

National Cocoa Day

December 15

Underdog Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 17

Maple Syrup Day

Wright Brothers Day

December 21

Forefathers Day - in Massachusetts, celebrating the landing of the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock

December 25


- The Birth of Jesus as told by Luke

- Christmas Verses

- Merry Christmas My Friend (A Soldier's Night Before Christmas)

- Short Christmas Poems

- 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

- What Child Is This Lyrics

- Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

December 26

First day of Kwanzaa

National Whiners Day

December 31

Make Up Your Mind Day

New Year's Eve

- New Years Poems

- Auld Lang Syne Lyrics

- New Year Prayer

- New Years Eve Recipes

More Holidays in December

First Day of Winter (Winter Solstice) - December 21st or 22nd (can vary year to year)

Hanukkah - begins anywhere from the end of November to nearly the end of December; 2009 - 12/21; 2010 - 12/02; 2011 - 12/21; 2012 - 12/09; 2013 - 11/28

Weekly/Monthly Holidays in December

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

National Read a New Book Month

National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Universal Human Rights Month

Notable Holidays in December/Celebrations/Events

December 1, 1982 - Michael Jackson’s music video Thriller was released. It is regarded by some as the greatest music video of all time.

December 2, 1939 - LaGuardia Airport in New York opened for business on this day.

December 2, 1982 – The Jarvik 7, the first permanent artificial heart was implanted by Dr. William DeVries into Dr. Barney Clark.

December 3, 1818 – Illinois was admitted to the Union and became the 21st state.

December 3, 1947 - A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway. Written by Tennessee Williams, directed by Elia Kazan, and starring Marlon Brando, this play closed on December 17, 1949 with a total of 855 performances.

December 4, 1619 – The first official Thanksgiving was on this date along the James River in Virginia. Led by Captain John Woodlief, 38 men from Berkeley Parish in England had just arrived in the New World and dropped to their knees to give thanks for their safe arrival. Their oath is carved on a gazebo at the Berkeley Plantation: “Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”

December 6, 1865 – The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution (abolishing slavery) was approved on this date when Georgia ratified the amendment, the 27th state out of the then 36 states to do so.

December 6, 1884 – The Washington Monument was completed on this day.

December 7, 1787 – Delaware was the first of the 13 original colonies and on this date became the 1st state of the Union.

December 8, 1941 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt declares war on Japan, one day after the Pearl Harbor attack.

December 8, 1980 – John Lennon of the Beatles fame was assassinated on this day by Mark David Chapman.

December 8, 1983 - Slim Pickens, “cowboy” actor, died as a result of a brain tumor.

December 9, 1835 – The Texas Army, of the Republic of Texas, defeats the Mexican Army and captures San Antonio.

December 10, 1817 - Mississippi became the 20th state on this date.

December 10, 1898 - Spain and the United States signed a peace treaty in Paris, ending the Spanish-American War. As a result, Cuba gained her independence, while Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines were ceded to the United States.

December 10, 1906 - President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the negotiations to end the Russo-Japanese War. The negotiations led to the Treaty of Portsmouth.

December 11, 1816 - Indiana was the 19th state to be admitted to the Union.

December 12, 1787 - Pennsylvania was the second of the 13 original colonies. It became the 2nd state on this date.

December 12, 1917 - Boys Town was founded by Father Edward J. Flanagan in Omaha, Nebraska. Boys Town provides youth and health care for at-risk children.

December 14, 1819 – The 22nd state to join the Union was Alabama.

December 16, 1773 – Colonists in Boston, angry over a tea tax imposed by the British Parliament, board 3 tea carrying ships in the harbor and dumped the cargo overboard. This came to be known as the Boston Tea Party.

December 17, 1903 - The Wright Brothers flew for the first time.

December 18, 1787 – The third of the 13 original colonies, New Jersey is admitted to the Union as the 3rd state.

December 20, 1803 – Twenty days after Spain had transferred Louisiana to France, France transferred ownership of Louisiana to the United States. Known as the Louisiana Purchase.

December 24, 1968 - The Apollo 8 astronauts (Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders), on man's first attempt to reach the moon, read from the book of Genesis as they orbited the moon. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..."

December 28, 1846 - Iowa becomes the 29th state admitted to the Union.

December 28, 1945 - The Pledge of Allegiance became the official national pledge to the US Flag on this day.

December 29, 1845 - Texas, an independent republic, became the 28th state of the Union.

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