December 2023 Holidays
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December comes from the word decem, "ten," because this had been the tenth month of the early Roman calendar.  (Note: Although it's our 12th month, it never was changed.)
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December 2023  Monthly Holidays

Adopt A Turkey Month Link  Link (October thru December)
Aids Awareness Month Link
Bingo's Birthday Month
Buckwheat Month Link
Car Donation Month  Link
Give The Gift of Sight Month
Honor Your Pharmacist Month
International Sharps Injury Prevention Month  Link
National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month
National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
National Pear Month  Link
National Tie Month
National Write A Business Plan Month
Operation Santa Paws (1-17)
Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Spiritual Literacy Month
Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking (TANYRSS) (12/18 - 2/12) {Always ends on Super Bowl Sunday}
Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Month  Link
Universal Human Rights Month Link
Worldwide Food Service Safety Month
Youngsters on The Air Month  Link

December 2023 Weekly Holidays

*Cookie Cutter Week: 1-7 Link
*Clerc-Gallaudet Week: 3-10
National Hand Washing Awareness Week: 3-9 Link  (First Week)
Recipe Greetings For The Holidays Week: 3-9 (First Full Week)
Older Driver Safety Awareness Week: 4-8 Link  (First M-F Week)
*Andisop (Meterological Fiddling): 4-24 (3 weeks before Christmas)  Link
Computer Science Education Week: 4-10 Link
( Always week with 12/9. Birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.)
Chanukah: 7-15
*Human Rights Week: 10-17
*Christmas Bird Count Week: 14-1/5 Link (Always every year)
*Halcyon Days: 14-28 (Always 7 days before and 7 days after the Winter Solstice)
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: 15 - 1/1/24  Link (Christmas Holiday)
*Posadas: 16-24
Gluten-free Baking Week: 17-24 (Week Before Christmas)
*Saturnalia: 17-23
Cookie Exchange Week: 18-22  (First M-F Week Before Christmas)
*It's About Time Week: 25-31
*Kwanzaa: 26-1/1

December 2023 Daily Holidays

*Antarctica Day: 1
Bartender Appreciation Day: 1 Link  Link (First  Friday)  Note: Feb. 24 is World Bartender Day.
*Basketball Day: 1
*Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day: 1 Link
*Civil Air Patrol Day: 1
*Clark Kent's Birthday (Superman): 1  Link (Note: Also June 18 in another Comic)
Data Innovation Day: 1-2 Link
*Day With(out) Art Day: 1
Faux Fur Friday: 1 (First Friday)
*International Maratheftiko Day: 1 Link
Meteorlogical Winter: 1 (Temperature)
National Salesperson Day: 1 (First Friday)
*Playboy Day: 1
*Rosa Parks Day: 1
*World Aids Day: 1  Link

Bike Shop Day: 2 (First Saturday)
Earmuff Day or Chester Greenwood Day: 2 Link  (First  Saturday)
*International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day: 2
*National Mutt Day: 2 Link  (Also July 31 every year)
National Play Outside Day: 2 Link (First Saturday)
*Safety Razor Day: 2
Skywarn Recognition Day: 2 Link  (First  Saturday)
*Special Education Day: 2
World Pear Day: 2 Link (First Saturday)

*Be A Blessing Day: 3
*E-Discovery Day: 3
*International Baboon Day: 3 
*International Day of Persons With Disabilities: 3


*Alpha Phi Alpha Day: 4
*International Cabernet Franc Day: 4 Link
*International Cheetah Day: 4 Link
*International Day of Banks: 4
*National Cookie Day: 4 Link
*National Dice Day: 4
*National Dystychiphobia Awareness Day: 4  Link
*National Sock Day: 4  Link
*World Wildlife Conservation Day: 4 Link


*AFL-CIO Day: 5 Link (1955)
*Bathtub Party Day: 5 Link
*Columbian International Day of The Reef: 5  Link
*International Ninja Day: 5 Link  Photo Photo
*International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development: 5
*Krampusnacht: 5 Link
*National Repeal Day: 5 Link
*Sachertorte Day: 5 Link
*World Soil Day: 5 Link
World Trick Shot Day: 5 (First Tuesday)

*International Day To End Femicide: 6 Link
*Miners' Day: 6
*Mitten Tree Day: 6  Link
*National Pawnbrokers Day: 6
*National Pfeffernusse Day: 6 Link (Always on St. Nicholas Day not on December 23rd.)
Special Kids Day: 6 Link  (First Wednesday)
*St. Nicholas Day: 6

Chanukah: 7-15
*International Civil Aviation Day: 7
*National Cotton Candy Day: 7 Link
*National Fire Safety Council Day: 7
*National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: 7

*AFL-CIO Day: 8 Link (1886)
*Bodhi Day: 8  Link [Traditional] (See also Jan. 20)
*National Day of Lard: 8
Official Lost & Found Day: 8  (2nd Friday)
*Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day: 8
*Toilet Paper Appreciation Day: 8  Link  (Note: December 8, 1857 was when it was first sold in the US by Joseph C. Gayetty. The other observance is on August 26 when Scott first sold toilet paper on a roll on August 26, 1871 fourteen years later as Toilet Paper Day.)

*Cremation Day: 9
Gingerbread Decorating Day: 9  (2nd Saturday)
Gingerbread House Day: 9 (Second Saturday)
*International Anti-corruption Day: 9
*International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of The Victims of The Crime of Genocide and The Prevention of This Crime: 9
International Shareware Day: 9  (2nd Saturday)
National Day of The Horse: 9 (2nd Saturday)
*Weary Willie Day: 9  Link
*World Techno Day: 9 Link

*Dewey Decimal System Day: 10
*Human Rights Day: 10  Link
*International Animal Rights Day: 10  Link
*International Traffic Light Day: 10  Link  (Note: Non-electric signal. National Electric Traffic Light Day is August 5)
*Jane Addams Day: 10
*Nobel Prize Day: 10
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day (The Compassionate Friends): 10 Link (The 2nd Sunday)
World Choral Day: 10  Link  (Always 2nd Sunday)


Green Monday: 11 Link (2nd Monday)
*International Mountain Day: 11
*Kaleidoscope Day: 11
*Magnum P.I. Day: 11
*National App Day: 11  Link
*National Sobriety Day: 11 Link
*National Stretching Day: 11 Link
*UNICEF Birthday: 11

*Gingerbread House Day: 12
*International Day of Heavy Metal Music: 12 Link  (Note: US Metal Day is on November 11.)
*International Day of Neutrality: 12
*International Universal Health Coverage Day: 12
*National 12-hour Fresh Breath Day: 12
*National Ding-a-Ling Day: 12 Link
*National Cocoa Day: 12  Link
*National Lost Day: 12 Link
*Our Lady of Guadelupe: 12 Link
*Poinsettia Day: 12 Link

*Day Of The Horse: 13
*Gingerbread Man Day: 13
*National Guard Birthday: 13 Link
*Pick A Pathologist Pal Day: 13 Link

*Martyred Intellectuals Day: 14 Link
*Monkey Day: 14 Link
*U.S. Park Police Day: 14
*Yoga Day:  14 Link

*Bill of Rights Day: 15
*Cat Herders Day: 15  Link  Link
*National Cupcake Day: 15 
*National Wear Your Pearls Day: 15
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day: 15 Link (3rd Friday)
Underdog Day: 15  (3rd Friday)
*Zamenhof Day (Esperato Literature Day): 15 Link


*Barbie and Barney Backlash Day: 16 Link
*National Chocolate-covered Anything Day: 16  Link
National Wreaths Across America Day: 16  (2nd Saturday of full week)  Link
*Pinot Meunier Day: 16 Link
*Posadas: 16-24
*Zionism Day: 16

*A Christmas Carol Day (Story): 17
*Clean Air Day: 17
*Wright Brothers Day: 17

*Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day: 18
*Arabic Language Day: 18 Link
*Give A Wine Club Day: 18  Link
*International Migrants Day: 18


[I have no holidays for Dec. 19th this year.]

*Games Day: 20 Link
*International Human Solidarity Day: 20
*Mudd Day: 20
*National Sangria Day: 20 
*Poet Laureat Day: 20

*Ann & Samantha Day: 21 (Summer & Winter Solstices. Also June  20)  
*Celebrate Short Fiction Day: 21 (Always on Winter Solstice)
*Crossword Puzzle Day: 21
*Forefathers Day: 21
Go Caroling Day: 21 (on Winter Solstice)
*Global Orgasm Day: 21 (Always on Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice)
*Humbug Day: 21 Link
*International Dalek Remembrance Day: 21 Link
*Make Music Day in Winter: 21  Link  (Note: Also on June 21)
*National Flashlight Day: 21 (Shortest Day of The Year)
*National Homeless Persons' Remembrance Day: 21 Link
National Re-gifting Day: 21 (3d Thursday) Link
*Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day: 21
*Short Film Day: 21  Link
*Short Girl Appreciation Day: 21 (Shortest day of the year)
*Shorts Day: 21 (On Winter Solstice) (aka Shake and Freeze Day) Link
*World Peace Day/Winter Solstice: 21
Winter (Winter Solstice): 21  10:26 pm EST  (Note: Winter goes from 12/21 to 3/19)
*Yalda: 21
*Yule: 21

*Be A Lover of Silence Day: 22
*Forefathers Day: 22 Link

*Family Roots Day: 23  Link
*Festivus: 23
*Human Light Celebration: 23
*Metric Conversion Day: 23

*Christmas Eve: 24
*Egg Nog Day:24

*A'Phabet Day or No "L" Day : 25
*Christmas: 25
*Christmas Pudding Day: 25 Link (Note: If you eat this on Easter, it's referred to as Plum Pudding Day.)

*Boxing Day: 26 (Canada)
*Kwanzaa: 26-1/1
*National Candy Cane Day: 26  Link
*National Thank-you Note Day: 26
*National Whiner's Day: 26

*Howdy Doody Day: 27
*International Day for Epidemic Preparedness: 27
*Radio City Music Hall Day: 27
*Visit The Zoo Day: 27 Link

*Holy Innocents Day: 28
*Endangered Species Act Day: 28
*National Chocolate Day: 28-29  Link
*Pledge of Allegiance Day: 28

No Interruptions Day: 29  (Last Business Day of The Year)
*Tick Tock Day: 29 Link
*YMCA Day: 29 (Organization not The Song)

*Bacon Day: 30 Link  Link
*Falling Needles Family Fest Day: 30 Link
Peeps Days: 30-31 Link

*First Nights: 31
*Hogmanay: 31 Link
*Leap Second Time Adjustment Day: 31
(Note: This is listed as an observance title only. Some years scientists do not make adjustments. 
But, if they do, then it's done on either June 30 or December 31.)

*Make Up Your Mind Day: 31
*National Champagne Day: 31 (Note: US Champagne Bureau has another observance on Oct. 28)
*New Years Eve: 31
*New Year's Eve Banished Words List: 31
*New Year's Dishonor List: 31
*Universal Hour of Peace Day: 31
*World Healing Day: 31  Link  Note: Different than one on April 29.
*World Peace Meditation Day: 31

December 2023  Moon Phases

Current Moon View
as of today

Last Qtr.

12:51 am

New Moon
6:32 pm


First Qtr.

 1:40 pm

Full Moon
 7:33 pm

Full Moon on  the 26th is called "Cold Moon" by Native Americans of New England and the Great Lakes because at this time of the year the nights are long, the days are short and so less sunlight means more cold days.

December 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower. This is the MOST IMPRESSIVE!!!  About 120 multi-colored meteors per hour. It runs from December 7-17, but peaks on the night of December 13th.

December 21-22: Ursids Meteor Shower. (About 5-10 meteors per hour)


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