National Days of December – Christmas, Holidays & Entertaining

This handy calendar of the National Days of December will give you a quick look at the month to find out how to celebrate your favorite National Day with crafts ideas, food and drink recipes and ways to entertain. Time to Celebrate the National Days in December

Each time I write about a new and fun national day about December on the blog, I add links to the list below, to gives you new ideas for ways to celebrate these days.

Discovering December

December is the twelfth month of the year in our calendar.  In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the beginning of winter, but in the Southern hemisphere it is associated with summer.Celebrating the month of December

December got its name originally from the Latin word “decem” which means ten. The reason for this is that it was a part of the Roman calendar, beginning in March and was the tenth month. 

Later, the months of January and February were created and added to the beginning of the calendar, but December kept its name.

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts month, which is apt, since Christmas is a time for gift giving for children. It is also Operation Santa Paws Month, National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month and National Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month.

But don’t stop these activities, with all these fun and offbeat holidays, there is more than just Christmas to celebrate this month.

Fun Facts about December

The month of December has arrived, so let’s catch up with a few facts about the first month of winter.

Interesting Facts about December

  • December is the first month of winter and the last month of the year.
  • The birthstones for the month of December are turquoise and tanzanite.
  • Flowers that honor the month are the poinsettia and narcissus.
  • If you follow the signs of the Zodiac, Sagittarius is from December 1 to 21 and Capricorn from the 22nd on.
  • The first day of winter happens when the Sun is farthest south (on December 21st or 22nd). This day is known as the Winter Solstice.
  • On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • On the last day of the year, December 31, kiss the person you hope to keep kissing!
  • Some almanacs predict that if snow falls on Christmas Day, then Easter will be warm, and sunny.
  •  Saint Nickolas, who would eventually be called Santa Claus, was at one time the patron saint of children, pawnbrokers and thieves!
  • December 28 is considered the luckiest day of the year.
  • Ancient folklore says that forest animals have the ability to speak in human languages on Christmas Eve!
  • Some famous birthdays in December are those of Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

Calendar for the National Days of December

The calendar below lists the National Days of December, day by day. Some of these days have links to pages on my site where you can find more information about that interesting national day.

Even though Christmas and holiday entertaining are prominent in December, there are many other ways to celebrate, as well. From National Gingersnap day on July 1, to National I Love Horses Day on the 15th, this month is full of fun.

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National Days of December

December 1

  • National Eat a Red Apple Day
  • National Pie Day (also January 23)
  • National Christmas Lights Day
  • Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day
  • Day Without Art Day
  • Rosa Parks Day
  • Civil Air Patrol Day
  • Wear a Dress Day (also June 1)
  • World Aids Day

December 2

  • National Mutt Day (also July 31)
  • National Fritters Day
  • Special Education Day
  • Business of Popping Corn Day
  • Safety Razor Day
  • Play Basketball Day
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 

December 3

  • National Roof Over Your Head Day
  • National Green Bean Casserole Day
  • National Apple Pie Day – Also May 13 
  • Let’s Hug Day
  • Make a Gift Day
  • Disability Day – Also known as International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • International Spirit of the Game Day

December 4

  • National Sock Day
  • National Cookie Day
  • National Dice Day
  • Cabernet Franc Day
  • Santa’s List Day
  • Wear Brown Shoes Day
  • Wildlife Conservation Day
  • Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day
  • International Cheetah Day

December 5

  • National Repeal Day
  • National Communicate with your Kids Day
  • National Commute with your Baby Day
  • National Blue Jeans Day
  • National Sacher Torte Day
  • AFL-CIO Day
  • Repeal Day
  • Bathtub Party Day
  • Krampus Night
  • Day of the Ninja Day
  • International Volunteer Day
  • World Soil Day

4 of Demember's national Days

December 6

  • National Microwave Oven Day
  • National Gazpacho Day
  • National Pawnbrokers Day
  • St. Nicholas Day
  • Miners’ Day
  • Put on your own Shoes Day
  • Mitten Tree Day

December 7

  • National Illinois Day
  • National Cotton Candy Day – also July 31
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  • Letter Writing Day
  • International Civil Aviation Day

December 8

  • National Brownie Day
  • National Christmas Tree Day
  • National Lard Day
  • Take it in the ear Day
  • Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

December 9

  • National Pastry Day
  • National Llama Day
  • Weary Willie Day
  • Christmas Card Day
  • International Anti-Corruption Day
  • International Day of Veterinary Medicine
  • World Techno Day

December 10

  • Dewey Decimal System Day
  • National Lager Day
  • Human Rights Day
  • Nobel Prize Day
  • Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales Day

December 11

  • National Noodle Ring Day
  • National Have a Bagel Day
  • National App Day
  • Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day
  • International Mountain Day

December 12

  • National Ding-a-Ling Day
  • National Ambrosia Day
  • National Poinsettia Day
  • National 12 Hour Fresh Breath Day
  • Gingerbread House Day
  • Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts Day

December 13

  • National Violin Day
  • National Day Of The Horse 
  • National Cocoa Day
  • Pick A Pathologist Pal Day
  • National Guard Birthday
  • Pick a Pathologist Pal Day

December 14 

  • National Alabama Day
  • National Bouillabaisse Day
  • Monkey Day
  • Roast Chestnuts Day

December 15

  • National Cupcake Day
  • National Lemon Cupcake Day
  • National Wear Your Pearls Day
  • Bill of Rights Day
  • Cat Herders Day
  • International Tea Day

National Days of December that change each year

Some days of the year don’t have an exact date that they fall on in any given year.  These days depend on the calendar for the current year. These are the days in the first half of the month.Specials Days to Honor in December

  • Giving Tuesday – Tuesday after Thanksgiving
  • Women Wednesday – Wednesday after Thanksgiving
  • Walt Disney Day – (1st Mon.)
  • World Trick Shot Day – (1st Tues.)
  • Special Kids Day – (1st Wed.)
  • Faux Fur Friday – (1st Fri.)
  • Bartender Appreciation Day – (1st Fri.)
  • Coats and Toys for Kids Day – (1st Sat.)
  • National Rhubarb Vodka Day – (1st Sat.) 
  • Earmuff Day – (1st Sat.)
  • Skywarn Recognition Day – (1st Sat.)
  • World Choral Day – (2nd Sun.)
  • Worldwide Candle Lighting Day – (2nd Sun.)
  • Official Lost and Found Day – (2nd Fri.)
  • National Salesperson Day – (2nd Fri.)
  • Gingerbread Decorating Day – (2nd Sat.) 
  • International Shareware Day – (2nd Sat.)
  • Hanukkah begins – December 10 – changes each year
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National Days of the Second Half of December

Here we are at the half way mark. Has your favorite national day been listed yet?  Don’t give up. We have lots more fun in store. How about National Corn Fritters Day or National Hammock Day?  Both are still to come!

December 16

  • National Chocolate-covered Anything Day
  • Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
  • Stupid Toy Day
  • Boston Tea Party Day
  • Day of Reconciliation

December 17

  • National Maple Syrup Day
  • Wright Brothers Day
  • Pan American Aviation Day

December 18

  • National Roast Suckling Pig Day
  • National Ham Salad Day
  • National Migrants Day
  • National Twin Day
  • Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day
  • Arabic Language Day
  • Bake Cookies Day
  • Flake Appreciation Day

Maple trees with pails and two twins

December 19

  • National Oatmeal Muffin Day
  • National Hard Candy Day
  • National Emo Day
  • Holly Day
  • Look for An Evergreen Day

December 20

  • National Sangria Day
  • Mudd Day
  • Cathod Ray Tube Day
  • Dot your I’s Day
  • Games Day
  • Go Caroling Day
  • Sacagawea Day
  • International Human Solidarity Day

December 21

  • National Maine Day
  • National French Fried Shrimp Day
  • National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day
  • National Look at the Bright Side Day
  • National Coquito Day
  • Crossword Puzzle Day
  • Humbug Day
  • Ribbon Candy Day
  • Forefathers Day
  • Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Da

December 22 

  • National Date Nut Bread Day
  • National Cookie Exchange Day
  • National Date Nut Bread Day (also September 8)
  • Abilities Day

December Entertaining

December 23

  • National Roots Day
  • National Pfeffernusse Day
  • Festivus
  • Human Light Day
  • Forefathers Day – December 22 (Unless on it falls on Sunday, Then celebrated the Following Monday)

December 24

  • National Eggnog Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Last Minute Shoppers Day

December 25

  • National Pumpkin Pie Day
  • A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day
  • Christmas Day

December 26

  • National Thank-you Note Day
  • National Whiner’s Day
  • National Candy Cane Day
  • Boxing Day (Canada and the UK)

Christmas and New Years Eve

December 27

  • National Fruitcake Day
  • Make Cut out Snowflakes Day
  • Visit the Zoo Day

December 28

  • National Chocolate Candy Day
  • National Card Playing Day
  • National Short Film Day 
  • National Download Day
  • Holy Innocents Day
  • Pledge of Allegiance Day
  • Call a Friend Day

December 29

  • National Pepper Pot Day
  • Tick Tock Day
  • Still Need to Do Day

December 30

  • National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
  • Falling Needles Family Fest Day
  • Bacon Day
  • Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Day

December 31

  • National Champagne Day
  • No Interruptions Day – Last Work Day of the Year
  • Make Up Your Mind Day
  • New Years Eve
  • One Voice Day
  • Hogmanay
  • Unlucky Day
  • Universal Hour of Peace
  • World Peace Meditation Day 

More National Days of December that change each year

Some days of the year don’t have an exact date that they fall on in any given year.  These days depend on the calendar for the current year.

  • National Re-Gifting Day – Thursday before Christmas
  • National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day – (3rd Fri.) 
  • Underdog Day – (3rd Fri.)
  • National Wreaths Across America Day – (3rd Sat.)
  • Super Saturday – Saturday before December 25

Winter Solstice National Days

National Days Celebrated on the first day of Winter – December 21 this year.

  • Winter Solstice – Day Between December 20 and 23 – December 21 this year
  • National Flashlight Day 
  • National Short Story Day
  • National Kiwi Fruit Day 
  • Anne and Samantha Day 
  • Don’t Make your Bed Day
  • National Homeless Persons
  • Yule – Day of Winter Solstice
  • Short Girl Appreciation Day

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Just for the foodies!

If you are a foodie, I have some special National Day Calendars just for you.

Each month has its own list of Foodie National days and each month celebrates different food holidays. Here are some other foodie National Day Calendars that feature only food holidays to honor with your favorite recipes:

More to come later!

National Days Calendar Printables

If you like to plan ahead, be sure to check out my monthly printable calendars. Each one features one National Day that I have featured. It’s great for planning craft projects, recipes and outdoor activities to honor the special days.

For all my National Days Calendar printables check out these pages:

Calendar for 2020

Monthly National Day Lists

Food National Days of the Year

If your interest is only in celebrating days associated with food, be sure to have a look at these calendars.

If you are looking for some inspiration for discovering more about all the National Days, be sure to check out my National Days board on Pinterest.  It has lots of pins that lead to articles about the topic.National Days board on Pinetrest

Which are your favorite national day of December?


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