Well I just realized December is a month filled with holidays! The reason I want to make a
special post about this is some individuals who only observe Christmas forget the other holidays in December. Thus, the holidays not as well known are practically ignored. So I wanted to make sure EVERY holiday in the month of December gets mentioned. I’m rather tired hearing some people (mostly on facebook) complaining about the greeting “Happy Holidays” because it upsets their myopic view of December as being only for Christmas. Well I hate to be the one to spoil everything-but I usually am-so I’ll ensure any holiday happening in December gets included here. If you aren’t familiar with a lot of the holidays don’t feel guilty. They certainly aren’t publicized very well. But maybe you’ll be interested and read the information I provide here, along with the links.
December 1st, is World AIDS Day. So maybe it’s not a holiday but it’s still an event on the calendar. Then there’s Advent tomorrow-no idea what that it but it begins tomorrow apparently. The 7th is Pearl Harbour Remembrance Day-self explanatory I think. On the 8th is Bodhi Day for Buddhists and although I’m Buddhist I’m not a very good one so don’t ask me what this holiday is about! Hanukkah is the next day on the 9th, the 10th is Human Rights Day, then the 12th is the Feast of Our Lady Guadelupe for Catholics. There’s nothing else I’m aware of until the 22nd when it’s both the Winter Solstice and Yule (Pagan). On the 24th is Christmas Eve and the 25th Christmas. Kwanzaa (African American) is on the 26th, as is Boxing Day in Canada, the U.K. & a few others I’m not sure of. Finally on the 31st, it’s New Year‘s Eve. So you can see December should be renamed “Holiday Month“! Are there any other holidays you know of this month that I left out?
Here’s a link to every holiday in December by About.Com which is very thorough: http://familycrafts.about.com/library/spdays/bldecdayslong.htm
- Major Holidays: World Religions & Cultures: December 2012 (hsjhpantherpress.wordpress.com)
- Why Advent? (persephonemagazine.com)
- ‘Adventzeit’ and Christmas Season (californiagermans.com)
- DIY Hanukkah Gift Wrap (buildabear.com)
- Surviving Holiday Eating (keepweightoffforlife.com)
- Buy It, DIY It & Make It Festive: Holiday Decorating Resource Guide (apartmenttherapy.com)
- A Hanukkah Free Activity (teacherlingo.com)