Although Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa fall toward the end of December, the twelfth month of the year feels like 31 days of festivities…and with good reason. December is jam-packed with noteworthy celebrations besides more well-known holidays.
Don’t miss any of these festivities. Some are silly, some are serious, but all of them fall in December.
December 5 – Repeal Day commemorates the repeal of the 18th Amendment and the end of Prohibition.
December 6 – St. Nicholas Day is the feast day of St. Nicholas.
December 9 – Christmas Card Day honors Sir Henry Cole, an Englishman who designed the first commercial Christmas card in 1843.
December 13 – Milad un Nabi commemorates the birth of the prophet Muhammad.
December 21 – Winter Solstice marks the start of winter and is the shortest day of the year.
December 23 – Festivus is a non-denominational holiday inspired by a Jerry Seinfeld episode.
December 24 – Chanukah (also Hanukkah), known as the Festival of Light, is a Hebrew celebration which runs through January 1.
December 25 – Christmas is a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus.
December 26 – Boxing Day, also St. Stephans Day, is based on a Middle Ages practice in which alms were distributed to the poor.
December 26 – Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of “family, community and culture” which runs through January 1.
What special occasions do you celebrate in December?