December 2024 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 2024  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 2024 Weekly Holidays

*Cookie Cutter Week: 1-7 Link
National Hand Washing Awareness Week: 1-7 Link  (First Week)
Recipe Greetings For The Holidays Week: 1-7 (First Full Week)
Older Driver Safety Awareness Week: 2-6 Link  (First M-F Week)
*Clerc-Gallaudet Week: 3-10
*Andisop (Meterological Fiddling): 4-24 (3 weeks before Christmas)  Link
Computer Science Education Week: 8-14 Link
( Always week with 12/9. Birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper.)
*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: 15-21 (Week Before Christmas)
*Saturnalia: 17-23
Cookie Exchange Week: 16-2-  (First M-F Week Before Christmas)
Chanukah: 25-1/2/24
*It's About Time Week: 25-31
*Kwanzaa: 26-1/1

December 2024 Daily Holidays

*Antarctica Day: 1
Artist's Sunday: 1 (First Sunday after Thanksgiving)
*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)
*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
Secondhand Sunday: 1 Link (First Sunday after Thanksgiving)
*World Aids Day: 1  Link

Bike Shop Day: 2 (First Saturday)
Cider Monday: 2 (Monday after Thanksgiving)
Cyber Monday: 2 (Monday after Thanksgiving)
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 Day of Futures: 2
World Pear Day: 2 Link (First Saturday)

*Be A Blessing Day: 3
*E-Discovery Day: 3
Giving Tuesday: 3 Link (The day after Cyber Monday)
*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 Package Protection Day: 4 Link  (Following Wednesday after Thanksgiving)
*National Sock Day: 4  Link
Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting: 4 (First Wednesday after Thanksgiving)
Special Kids Day: 4 Link  (First Wednesday)
*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)

Bartender Appreciation Day: 6 Link  Link Link Link Link Link Link (First  Friday) Note: Feb. 24 is World Bartender Day.
*International Day To End Femicide: 6 Link
 *Miners' Day: 6
*Mitten Tree Day: 6  Link
*National Pawnbrokers Day: 6
National Salesperson Day: 6 (First Friday)
*National Pfeffernusse Day: 6 Link (Always on St. Nicholas Day not on December 23rd.)
*St. Nicholas Day: 6

*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
*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.)
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day (The Compassionate Friends): 8 Link (The 2nd Sunday)
World Choral Day: 8 Link  (Always 2nd Sunday)


*Birdseye Frozen Food Day: 9
*Cremation Day: 9
Green Monday: 9 Link (2nd Monday)
*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
*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


*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
Official Lost & Found Day: 13 (2nd Friday)
*Pick A Pathologist Pal Day: 13 Link

Gingerbread Decorating Day: 14  (2nd Saturday)
Gingerbread House Day: 14 (Second Saturday)
International Shareware Day: 14  (2nd Saturday)
*Martyred Intellectuals Day: 14 Link
*Monkey Day: 14 Link
National Day of The Horse: 14 (2nd Saturday)
*U.S. Park Police Day: 14
*Yoga Day:  14 Link
National Wreaths Across America Day: 14  (2nd Saturday of full week)  Link

*Bill of Rights Day: 15
*Cat Herders Day: 15  Link  Link
*National Cupcake Day: 15 
*National Wear Your Pearls Day: 15
*Zamenhof Day (Esperato Literature Day): 15 Link


*Barbie and Barney Backlash Day: 16 Link
*National Chocolate-covered Anything Day: 16  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


*Look For An Evergreen Day: 19 Link
*National Emo Day: 19 Link
National Re-gifting Day: 19 (3d Thursday) Link

*Games Day: 20 Link
*International Human Solidarity Day: 20
*Mudd Day: 20
*National Sangria Day: 20 
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day: 20 Link (3rd Friday)
*Poet Laureat Day: 20
Underdog Day: 20 (3rd Friday)

*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
*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 4:21am EST
*Yalda: 21
*Yule: 21

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

*Christmas Adam: 23 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
Chanukah: 25-1/2/24
*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

*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
No Interruptions Day: 31 (Last Business Day of The Year)
*Universal Hour of Peace Day: 31
*World Healing Day: 31  Link  Note: Different than one on April 29.
*World Peace Meditation Day: 31

December 2024  Moon Phases

Current Moon View
as of today

New Moon

01:22 am

First Qtr.

10:27 am


Full Moon

 04:02 am

FLast Qtr.
 05:19  pm

Full Moon on  the 15th 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 which is consider the best meteor shower ever!  It produces up to 120 multi-colored meteors per hour when it peaks! This runs from December 7-17, but peaks on December 13 (night) and morning of December 14.  Unfortunately, the full moon will block out most of the lighter meteors and there's still a lot of big bright ones to see.

December 21 is the Winter Solstice in which the South Pole will be tilted toward the Sun, which will be at its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn.  This results in the shortest day of the year.

December 21-22 - Ursids Meteor Shower, which is a minor one that only produces about 5-10 meteors per hour.  It runs from December 17-25 but peaks this year on December 21 (night) and December 22 (morning).  Thus, this is a Winter Solstice Shower!


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