Finally, we've made it to December! The twelfth and final month in our calendar, and what a calendar year this one has been!
2020 has been an extraordinary year indeed. But it's not over yet! Originally the tenth month of the year in the old Roman calendar (the word decem means ten in Latin), December is dominated in many parts of the world by the celebration of Christmas. But did you know that there are other holidays in December? Holidays that are a little more on the wacky side, but they certainly fit in well with the silliness and wackiness of the silly season!
If Christmas isn't a big enough celebration for you this December, then here are some more you can enjoy this month.
December 1 Eat a Red Apple Day An unofficial holiday that celebrates one of the healthiest fruits available in nature's pantry. One of the oldest fruits to be grown and consumed by humans, apples are thought to be native to the Central Asian region. Today, about 10,000 types of apples are grown all over the world. Celebrate today by eating lots of red apples!
December 4 Wear Brown Shoes Day Take our your best brown shoes and wear them because it is Wear Brown Shoes Day. If you usually wear brown shoes to work, why not wear a different shade of brown – perhaps tan or camel or russet?
December 5 Day of the Ninja Today is the day to honour and celebrate the sneaky and stealthy masked warriors in black garb from ancient Japan. Why not watch ninja movies or have a Teenage Mutant Ninja marathon today?
December 8 Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day Watch all your favourite time-travelling movies and shows today. Or dress like someone from the past or future. You can also speak old English or Latin or any other ancient language when asked why you are dressed the way you are!
December 10 Dewey Decimal System Day
Today commemorates the birth of Melville Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System of library classification. Visit a library and talk to a librarian about how they keep track of all the books in the building.
December 11 Official Lost and Found Day Losing things is part of life and if what we have lost is not very important, most people tend to stop looking for it after trying for a while. Lost and Found Day is an unofficial holiday that reminds people to not give up on the things they have lost and to increase their efforts to find them. If you have lost something or if you forgot an item somewhere, why not make an effort to track it down today?
December 16 Chocolate Covered Anything Day My favourite kind of day! Eat only chocolate covered items on this day. What about chocolate-covered doughnuts for breakfast, chocolate-covered fruits for lunch and a chocolate-rubbed steak for dinner?!
Typically made of red wine, sangria is a beverage that originated from Spain and Portugal. Make a huge batch of sangria today and share with family and friends.
December 21 International Dalek Remembrance Day
Considered to be one of the biggest enemies of Doctor Who, the time-travelling lord, today is the day to remember the extraterrestrial cyborgs called Daleks in BBC's Doctor Who universe. Why not spend the day doing a Doctor Who marathon?
Von Paul Hudson from United Kingdom - Dalek, CC BY 2.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58248697
December 23 Festivus
Festivus is a made up secular holiday popularized and celebrated by the fans of the TV series, Seinfeld. The holiday was created by writer DanO'Keefe who introduced it in a Seinfeld episode called The Strike. In the episode, first aired in December 1997, the holiday is conceived by the father of George Costanza, one of the show's central characters. In the episode, Frank Costanza reveals that he came up with Festivus as a response to the commercialization of Christmas. So if you're a massive Seinfeld fan, why not host a Festivus party today? According to Festivus tradition, the Festivus meal is accompanied with the airing of grievances, where every guest tells every other guest how they have disappointed them over the year. So make sure you tell all your guests how disappointed you are in them today!
Von Danny-w - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20384577
December 25 A'phabet Day or No "L" Day
It's not just Christmas Day today. December 25 is also A'phabet Day or No "L" Day, a day to skip the 'L' in all your correspondences and communications - written or otherwise. So make sure you avoid the use of 'L' in everything you write and say today!
December 28 Card Playing Day
Today day celebrates card games and aims to bring together family and friends after a busy Christmas and holiday season. So get out your cards, gather round your family and friends, and start playing!
December 30 Bicarbonate of Soda Day
Who would have thought there was actually a holiday to celebrate this unglamorous household product? Also known as baking soda, sodium bicarbonate is one of the most commonly found chemical compound in households. Learn about the history of the manufacturing and use of baking soda today, and learn what other things you can use baking soda for.
December 31 Make Up Your Mind Day
Today is the final day of our calendar year. And what a perfect day to take charge of your life and make decisions that you can stand by and be proud of, in the upcoming year! Happy New Year!