December isn’t all Gingerbread and Mistletoe: It’s Much More!
This year the Christmas craze seemed to start before Halloween had even begun.
I can understand the spirit of Christmas giving everyone new and happy energy. But, let’s all take a step back and try not to forget the best part of Christmas. Spending time with our loved ones is the most important part of this time of year.
Let’s enjoy some fun times together in different ways than we are normally used to these days.
Here are some fun days to celebrate during the month of December. (Yes, some are Christmas themed, but that’s okay. As long as they bring us together).
National Eat a Red Apple Day is observed annually on December 1.
As the adage goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and today is a perfect time to put that theory to test.
An apple is both delicious and nutritious.
With over 7,500 varieties of apples and over 7.5% of the world’s production coming from the USA, apples are widely available.
Make some really fun apple desserts with these delicious recipes using red apples.
Warm Apple Pocket
National Special Education Day is observed annually on December 2nd.
Special Education Day marks the anniversary of our nation’s first federal special education law which was signed by President Gerald Ford on December 2, 1975.
This law is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
IDEA made education available to all American children and this day honors the progress that has been made in special education.
National Special Education Day was first celebrated in 2005 which was the 30th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Each year on December 3rd National Roof Over Your Head Day is observed across the United States.
National Roof Over Your Head Day was created as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head.
There are many things that we have that we take for granted and do not stop to appreciate how fortunate we are for having them.
All across our nation, there are many that do not have the things that necessary to everyday life.
They may lack a roof over their heads, enough food to eat or clothes to wear. For those who have those bare necessities, it may be insufficient.
National Roof Over Your Head Day is about remembering to appreciate what you have.
This day follows closely after Thanksgiving, a day to be thankful.
So just like Thanksgiving, be thankful for what you do have and always remember, that it is a better feeling than worrying about what you do not have.
To celebrate National Roof Over Your Head Day you can pick a name or two off of a Christmas Giving Tree, volunteer at or make a contribution to a homeless shelter in your area and maybe someone else will be able to have a “roof over their head” tonight.
National Sock Day on December 4th recognizes the rarest of all lasting unities, the marriage of matched socks. When they manage, wash after wash, dry after to dry to keep finding each other through all the chaos, a celebration is certainly in order!
The founders of National Sock Day turned the tables on holidays that brought attention to such individualism as National No Sock Day on May 8th and National Lost Sock Day (for shame!) on May 9th.
In an effort to promote the sock couples who remain together, whether animal magnetism (static cling) or chemistry (something in the detergent), National Sock Day is dedicated to highlighting even the tiny baby socks who manage to stay together.
From Argyle to tube socks, knee highs and fuzzy slipper socks, if they keep finding their mate over and over, National Sock Day wiggles its toes in their honor!
Bathtub Party Day is observed annually on December 5. Bathtub Party Day was created as a way to skip the ordinary, everyday shower and to luxuriate in the pure pleasure of a good soak in the tub.
Gather your favorite bath bomb, a good book and a glass of wine and let the worries of the day fade away while you relax in the tub.
On December 6, give one appliance in the house a little consideration. It’s National Microwave Day!
Quite by accident, self- taught American engineer Percy Spencer discovered a way to heat food safely with microwaves. While working with an active radar in 1945, he noticed a candy bar in his pocket was melting. The high-powered microwave beams created a heating effect ideal for cooking. Spencer deliberately attempted cooking popcorn with the microwaves and an egg was next. The egg was less successful than the popcorn. It exploded in his fellow engineer’s face!
Spencer, employed by Raytheon, experimented with different methods of heating food safely with microwaves.
- Raytheon filed a United States patent application for Spencer’s microwave cooking process on October 8, 1945.
- Raytheon built the first commercially available microwave oven in 1947. It was called the “Radarange.”
- It is believed that 90% of homes in the United States have a microwave in them.
Cook your favorite meal in the microwave tonight or heat up some of last night’s dinner in there. Or better yet, make a few bags of popcorn and enjoy with the kids.
December 7th celebrates a sweet delight made of spun sugar dating all the way back to the 1400’s as it is National Cotton Candy Day.
Each year on this day, cotton candy lovers look forward to celebrating the day as they pull puffs of cotton candy from a stick or out of a bag and reminisce about their childhood days.
Dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton are credited with the invention of machine-spun cotton candy in 1897.
Cotton candy is also called candy floss or fairy floss.
During the 18th century when cotton candy was first recorded in Europe, it was very expensive and labor-intensive and generally was not available to the average person. It was after the invention of machine-spun cotton candy that it was introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as Fairy Floss.
People loved it and bought over 68,000 boxes for 25 cents a box.
Cotton candy is still popular to this day!
Each year on December 8, brownie lovers across the nation enjoy one of their favorite baked goods on National Brownie Day.
Brownies were created in the United States at the end of the 19th century. A cross between a cookie and cake, they soon became very popular across the country.
With the chocolate brownie being the favorite, the blonde brownie runs a close second. A blonde brownie is made with brown sugar and no chocolate and is often called a blondie.
There was a request for a dessert for a group of ladies that would be attending a fair in the late 1800s. They wanted a small cake-like dessert that could be eaten from a boxed lunch. A Chicago chef, working at the Palmer House Hotel, created the first brownie for the ladies, which featured an apricot glaze and walnuts. The Palmer House Hotel still serves their original recipe for brownies on their menu.
Three myths that have gained popularity over the years, regarding the creation of the brownie:
- A chef accidentally added melted chocolate to biscuit dough.
- A cook forgot to add flour to the batter.
- A housewife did not have baking powder and improvised with this new treat. The story tells that she was baking for guests and decided she would serve them these flattened cakes.
Try one of the following brownie recipes:
Chocolate Mint Brownies
Cherry Swirl Brownies
National Pastry Day is celebrated each year on December 9th. Pastry is a name given to a large variety baked goods which are made with ingredients such as flour, sugar, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder and eggs.
Pastry dough is rolled out thinly and then used as a base for different baked products. A few of the more common bakery items include pies, tarts, quiches and pastries.
- Pastries can be traced as far back as the ancient Mediterranean where they had almost paper-thin, multilayered baklava and Phyllo dough.
- Pastry making began in Northern Europe after the Crusaders brought it back from the Mediterranean.
- French and Italian Renaissance chefs eventually perfected the puff and choux pastries while 17th and 18th-century chefs brought new recipes to the table.Included in the new recipes were; Napoleons, cream puffs, and eclairs.
Culinary historians often consider French pastry chef Antonin Careme to have been the original great master of pastry making in modern times.
There are many different types of pastry, most of which would fall into one of the following categories:
- Shortcrust pastry – simplest and most common.
- Sweetcrust pastry – similar to the shortcrust but sweeter.
- Flaky pastry – simple pastry that expands when cooked.
- Puff pastry – has many layers that cause it to puff when baked.
- Choux pastry – very light pastry that is often filled with cream or other fillings.
- Phyllo pastry – paper-thin pastry dough that is used in many layers.
Enjoy one of the following pastry recipes:
- Apple Turnovers
Minute Peach Tart
Cream Cheese Kolacky
Dewey Decimal System Day is observed annually on December 10.
This day in 1851, was the birthday of Melvil Dewey inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification.
As the most widely used library classification system, the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) or Dewey Decimal System has been in use since 1876 when American Librarian Melvil Dewey developed and established it. Divided into ten main categories, the numerical system arranges mostly non-fiction publications.
Since its inception, the system has been maintained and kept pace with current technologies. A schedule of expansions and revisions help keep the system current and progressive.
As the most widely used classification system in the world, the DDC is found in 135 countries around the world and translated into 30 different languages.
It is currently published by the OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and its editorial offices are located within the Decimal Classification Division of the Library of Congress.
Dewey’s interest in simplification led him to create a system that revolutionized library science. Born Melville Louis Kosuth Dewey in update New York, he was only 21 when he invented the Dewey Decimal Classification system.
He established library standards and advanced library education. Dewey went on to help established the American Library Association and founded and edited the Library Journal. As an entrepreneur, he sold library supplies. He paved the way for new librarians by establishing the first library school at Columbia College in New York City and later became the director of the New York State Library in Albany.
Across the country, December 11 is day recognizing National Noodle Ring Day.
National Noodle Ring Day could possibly be about the little round pasta noodles that make up a delicious pasta salad or a number of other pasta dishes. They also are popular with kids (of all ages) to use in different craft projects, maybe even one that results in a beautiful snowflake for the holidays.
However, National Noodle Ring Day celebrates the pasta dish which is formed in an 8 or 9-inch ring mold or bundt pan. Usually made from noodles, flour, breadcrumbs, cheese, eggs and other seasonings, this dish has quite a following. When baked the noodle ring is removed from the mold and served on a plate giving it an elegant appearance.
Try your skills with making a noodle ring from one of the following noodle ring recipes:
Baked Noodle Ring
Picture Perfect Noodle Ring
Gingerbread House Day is observed annually on December 12.
A favorite food of an Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, brought gingerbread to Europe around 992 AD and taught French Christians to bake it. Gingerbread was often used in religious ceremonies and was baked to be sturdy as it was often molded into images of saints.
We can thank the Brothers’ Grimm for the idea of a gingerbread house through their tale of Hansel and Gretel. It didn’t take long for the German gingerbread guilds to pick up the idea and put it to a more festive use making snowy cottages made from the spicy-sweet treat.
Gather the family together, bake up some gingerbread and start building and decorating your very on gingerbread house.
Give the recipe a try:
A cold December day is the perfect time to make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy National Cocoa Day on December 13th.
Hot cocoa is a warm beverage made with cocoa powder, heated milk or water and sugar. The terms hot chocolate and hot cocoa are often used interchangeably by Americans causing a bit of confusion. To make hot chocolate, we use ground chocolate which contains cocoa butter. It’s mixed with hot milk and is actually a drinking chocolate.
Hot chocolate is a richer beverage made from ground chocolate which contains cocoa butter. Mixed with hot milk, the resulting mug is full of chocolate flavor and the fat and calories that come with it.
Hot chocolate is also known as drinking chocolate.
Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder. Through the fermentation, drying, roasting and grinding process of cocoa beans a paste called chocolate liquor is produced. Through another process, the cocoa butter is separated leaving cocoa powder. It is this cocoa powder that we use to make hot cocoa. It has very little fat and calories and is mixed with either hot milk or water.
Both are enjoyed in a variety of combinations, topped with whipped cream or marshmallows. Sometimes a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dash of peppermint makes the chocolate extra special.
It is believed 2000 years ago that the first chocolate beverage was created by the Mayas and a cocoa beverage was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD. Europe popularized the beverage after it was introduced from Mexico in the New World and it has undergone multiple changes since then. Up until the 19th century, hot chocolate was used medicinally to treat ailments such as stomach diseases.
In the United States, an instant form of the drink is popular. It is made with hot water or milk and a packet containing mostly cocoa powder, sugar and dry milk.
People enjoy topping it with marshmallows or whipped cream.
There are health benefits to drinking hot cocoa. Cocoa contains large amounts of antioxidants that may help prevent cancer. It has also been shown that the cocoa beans help with digestion. The flavonoids that are found in the cocoa also have a positive effect on arterial health.
Seafood lovers everywhere have reason to celebrate every December 14th with National Bouillabaisse Day.
The French are known for many a great recipe. Their food inspires travel to France for a taste of the authentic. Bouillabaisse is on the list of must have cuisine. Originating in the port city of Marseille, Bouillabaisse is a fish stew. Traditionally it is made using the bony rockfish, saffron, fennel seed and orange zest.
There are strong opinions in the culinary world about the proper ingredients for an authentic bouillabaisse. From the fish (typically red rascasse, sea robin and European conger) to the wine (red or white), it is hotly debated. Even its origins are argued. Was the stew the creation of a Greek goddess or simply a stew thrown together by coastal fisherman using the bony rockfish which they were unable to sell to restaurants or markets?
Regardless, using a variety of fresh fish is the first step to a delicious bouillabaisse, especially if you can’t get to the south of France to order it made for you.
Try these recipes at home:
Bouillabaisse recipe 2
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has grown to be an international event. Now occurring on the third Friday of December (December 15), the celebration gives holiday lovers worldwide a chance to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters. In 2014, they partnered with Save the Children in their “Make the World Better with a Sweater” campaign. You can now help children across the world by wearing an ugly sweater on December 18th and encouraging others to go online and donate.
Try these tips to take the prize on National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day:
- Animal or cartoon characters with a holiday theme are a great starting place. Think reindeer, snowmen, mice, kittens or elves.
- Select ridiculous colors. The more they clash, the better.
- Embellish. Scratch that. Over-embellish! Pom-poms, bells, felt, tinsle or any other glittery, jingly items laying around the house.
- Add a collar, dickey or ruffle.
- Electrify it! Put Rudolph to shame and go to the head of the team with bright, flashing lights!
- Give it some 80s flair with shoulder pads.
Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater.
Check out Whoopi Goldbergs Ugly Christmas Sweaters
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day was started in 2011 by ugly Christmas sweater lovers as a way to lighten up the busy holidays and to show off their absurdly, ugly sweaters. The day has grown in popularity and is celebrated worldwide.
If you are a chocolate lover, December 16th is your day! If you could cover anything in chocolate, what would it be?
It’s National Chocolate Covered Anything Day! There are so many foods that are improved by covering them in chocolate, the list is endless.
So go ahead, indulge, as this day is a chocolate lovers dream come true.
Pick up some chocolate covered anything or try your hand a coating chocolate on one of your favorite treats.
On December 17 we celebrate Wright Brothers Day.
Wright Brothers Day is an annual United States national observation. It is codified in the US Code and Wright Brothers Day commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane, made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The Wright brothers were American brothers, inventors and aviation pioneers.
( August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948 )
( April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912 )
Presidential Proclamation — Wright Brothers Day, 2014
An excerpt of the proclamation by President Barack Obama:
“On Wright Brothers Day, we lift up the scientists, entrepreneurs, inventors, builders, and doers of today, and all those who reach for the future. Let us recommit to harnessing the passion and creativity of every person who works hard in America and leading the world through another century of discovery.”
Let us all take part in celebrating this great day in aviation history.
I think this one is so cute and everyone in the world should participate in celebrating this day.
Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day is December 18th.
Buddy the Elf was played by Will Farrell in the 2003 movie “Elf”
Simply answer the phone and say “(Insert your Name) the Elf, what’s your favorite color.”
National Oatmeal Muffin Day is observed annually December 19th.
Known for its health benefits, millions of people start each day with an Oatmeal Muffin.
The American muffin is similar in size and shape to a cupcake. Recipes for Oatmeal Muffins began to appear in American cookbooks in the mid-1800s.
Oatmeal Muffins are often complemented by raisins, bananas, blueberries and other healthy fruits.
Try these oatmeal muffin recipes:
Spiced Peach Oatmeal Muffin
Across the nation each year on December 20, National Sangria Day is observed by enjoying a well-mixed sangria.
Sangria is a beverage made with wine and sweetened with fresh fruit and fruit juices. Other ingredients can include herbs, spices, carbonation, and liquor.
The combinations are endless, giving sangria a place at in the cocktail rotation year round. Refreshing and light during hot summer months, bright and sparkling during the winter ones, this fruity punch is quite versatile.
Sangria made with white wine is called Sangria Blanca.
Use fresh fruit in season for the best flavors. Once mixed, sangria should be chilled and the fruits allowed to marinate a few hours or overnight.
Making this a family friendly activity is quite easy. Make some “virgin” cocktails for the kids. Use grape juice or cranberry juice and add different fruits, like grapes, cranberries or strawberries.
For mommy you could try these recipes:
December 21 commemorates the birth of a challenging word game enjoyed by millions around the world. It’s Crossword Puzzle Day!
The first crossword puzzles were published in England in children’s books and other publications. They were simple word games derived from the word squares where letters were arranged in a square so that the words read the same across and down.
The object of a crossword puzzle is to fill in the white spaces of a grid with the correct words from the hints provided alongside the grid. The black spaces separate individual words. The clues to more challenging puzzles are more like riddles, making the game more complex.
Many tout the benefits of crossword puzzles. Not only are they fun, but challenging crossword puzzles may help delay the effects of dementia or sharpen the brain for problem-solving. They can also increase vocabulary and even relieve the mind from the stress of the day by focusing on something other than worldly problems.
Buy a crossword book or find one online.
Journalist Arthur Wynne from Liverpool is credited as the inventor of word game we know today. He created what is considered the first known published crossword puzzle.
Forefathers’ Day is a holiday observed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 22. It is a commemoration of the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 21, 1620. It was introduced in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1769.
Forefathers Day is celebrated every year by the Old Colony Club, established in 1769 “to honor the forefathers.”
The celebration begins at 6:00 AM with a march by members to the top of Cole’s Hill next to Massasoit’s statue, followed by a reading of a proclamation honoring the forefathers and a ritual firing of the club’s cannon.
The Old Colony Club and the Mayflower Society both include a succotash dinner as part of their celebration. Sauquetash was recorded as a part of the first Thanksgiving. Unlike later versions of succotash, in Plymouth succotash is served as a broth containing large pieces of fowl and meat that are sliced at the table.
When the 22nd falls on a Sunday, the Old Colony Club celebrates Forefathers Day on the following Monday.
There is some good-hearted dispute between the Old Colony Club and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. The simple fact of the celebration falling on separate days permits members of both societies to participate in both celebrations. In adjusting the date to the Gregorian calendar, the anniversary was erroneously established on December 22 instead of December 21.
Forefathers’ Day was established in 1796 by the Old Colony Club.
December 23rd is reserved for this German spice cookie. It is National Pfeffernusse Day.
Very popular around the holidays, pfeffernusse are fluffy cookies made with ground nuts and spices and covered in powdered sugar.
The exact origin in unknown however the Dutch believe that pfeffernusse (or pepernoten) are linked to the feast of Sinterklaas, which is celebrated on December 5 in the Netherlands and December 6 in Germany and Belgium. This holiday is when children receive gifts from St. Nicholas, who is partially the inspiration for the Santa Claus tradition.
Over time, many bakers have created their own pfeffernusse recipes. Traditional methods included various nuts such as almonds and walnuts. Some modern recipes exclude nuts altogether along with the black pepper, retaining only cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom as flavoring. Molasses and honey are often used to sweeten the cookie.
Try one of the following pfeffernusse recipes:
Pfeffernusse German Pepper Nut Cookies
National Eggnog Day is observed once a year on the day before Christmas. December 24th Also known as egg-milk punch, eggnog is a very popular drink throughout the United States during the holidays.
Eggnog is a sweetened dairy-based beverage that is traditionally made with milk and cream, sugar, whipped eggs, and spices. When served at parties and holiday get-togethers, liquor is often added to the eggnog such as brandy, rum, whiskey, bourbon, vodka or a combination of liquors. The filled glass is typically garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin spice.
Eggnog may be added as a flavoring to food or drinks such as coffee, tea, breads, pies, cakes or puddings.
The origin of the eggnog drink is debated. It is the belief of some that the drink was originally developed in East Anglia, England, while others believe it originated as a medieval European beverage made with hot milk.
While gathering together with family and friends, enjoy a glass or two of eggnog!
On December 25, while many Americans are enjoying time with family or friends, take the opportunity to honor the ever-humble and often favored pumpkin pie. It’s National Pumpkin Pie Day!
Often eaten during the fall and winter months and invited to Thanksgiving and Christmas tables, in the United States pumpkin pie is a traditional dessert. The pumpkin itself is a symbol of harvest.
To make a pumpkin pie, the pulp of the pumpkin is mixed with eggs, evaporated and/or sweetened condensed milk, and sugar and is typically flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
Pumpkin pie recipes were found in seventeenth-century English cookbooks, such as Hannah Woolley’s 1675, The Gentlewoman’s Companion. A century later pumpkin pie recipes began to appear in American cookbooks.
Pumpkin pie became a familiar addition to the Thanksgiving dinner in the early seventeenth-century when the pilgrims brought it back to New England. Initially, the pumpkin pie was prepared by stuffing the pumpkin with apples, spices and sugar then baking it whole.
There are many seasonal pumpkin pie flavored products that are now available including, ice cream, pudding, coffee, lattes, cheesecake, pancakes, candy, and beer.
In the 1844 Thanksgiving poem, “Over the River and Through the Wood” written by Lydia Maria Child, there is a reference to pumpkin pie in one of its verses: “Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!”
The song, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” contains the lyric, “Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie, and we’ll do some caroling”.
National Thank You Note Day is recognized annually on December 26.
It is a day to get some note cards, paper, pen, envelopes, and stamps to write special thank yous for the gifts you received.
Taking the time to thank family and friends with a personalized message has special meaning. The receiver of the “thank you” will enjoy getting the card in the mail and the message you have written.
Never underestimate the power of “THANK YOU!”
Writing a thank you has become a bit of lost art. We have provided a few tips to help along the way.
Begin your thank you by acknowledging the specific gift and how thoughtful it is. If the gift was delivered, then assure the sender it arrived safely and how much you enjoy it.
If the giver presented the gift personally, mention something you remember from your visit. Then thank them for the perfect gift they took the time to bring by describing it and how ideal it is for you.
Close your thank you by gushing about how kind the giver was for remembering you!
Within a few lines, you will have the knack of writing thank you cards on National Thank You Note Day.
Across the United States, fruitcake lovers (I’m not really sure they are fruitcake “lovers”.) young and old, observe National Fruitcake Day each year on December 27 (don’t these things usually wind up in the trash or as paperweights?).
Made with chopped candied or dried fruit, nuts, and spices and sometimes soaked in “spirits,” fruitcake has been a holiday gift-giving tradition for many years.
Rome is believed to be the creator of fruitcake, and one of the earliest recipes known comes from ancient Rome listing pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins that were mixed into barley mash. Records indicate that in the Middle Ages, honey, spices, and preserved fruits were added.
Recipes for fruitcake vary from country to country depending on available ingredients and tradition.
Sugar from the American Colonies along with the discovery that high concentrations of sugar could preserve fruits created an excess of candied fruit hence making fruitcakes more affordable and much more popular starting in the 16th century.
- Typically, American fruitcakes are rich in fruits and nuts.
- In America, mail-order fruitcake began in 1913.
- Commercial fruitcakes are often sold, from catalogs, by charities as a fundraising event.
- In 1935, the expression “nutty as a fruitcake” was coined during the time Southern bakeries, Collin Street and Claxton, had access to cheap nuts.
- Most mass-produced fruitcakes in America are alcohol-free.
- Some traditional recipes include liqueurs or brandy and then complete the fruitcake by covering it with powdered sugar.
- Brandy soaked linens have been used to store fruitcakes as some people believe that they improve with age.
National Card Playing Day is observed annually across the United States on December 28.
In the 9th century, the Chinese began developing games using money and other paper objects. These early playing cards bear no resemblance to the sturdier European playing cards that developed a few centuries later.
Card games spread around the world in a variety of shapes and styles. From the elaborate Mamluk designs of Egypt to the appearance of the first playing cards during the Early Renaissance in Europe, the decks were divided into four suits of coins, cups, swords and sticks or batons.
It is from these four suits that today’s modern decks of playing cards developed. Theories range how the suits converted to hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs. One theory suggests the suits represent the different classes of the era – clergy, aristocracy, military, and peasantry.
In India, the ten suited card game of Ganjifa became popular during the Moghul period.
Traditionally, artists hand paint a stunning scene on each of the 120 cards in the deck.
A standard pack of cards may be used for playing a variety of card games, with varying elements of skill and chance, some of which are played for money. Some of the top card games include Spades, Poker, Solitaire, Spite and Malice, Hearts, Spoons, Gin Rummy, Ridge, Black Jack and Texas Hold’em. Of course, there are thousands of card games, some of which are regional favorites.
What is your families favorite card game? Get together and play it to celebrate this fun day.
Tick Tock Day is observed annually on December 29th.
Tick Tock Day reminds us only 2 days are remaining in the year.
Do you have any unfinished business that needs to be done in this calendar year?
Is there something big you want to accomplish yet this year?
Now is the time to finish up as the clock is ticking!
Complete any unfinished business from this year.
Bacon Day is observed annually on December 30th.
Everything is better with bacon. Someone said that once. Within our research, we have found very little to dispute this assertion.
In the United States and Canada, bacon is made from the pork belly. Elsewhere in the world, the side and back cuts of pork are used. The meat is cured in either a salt brine or in a salt pack. It is then either dried, boiled or smoked.
Bacon is a very popular food in the USA. You can find many items also flavored or scented with bacon including popcorn, soap, candles, air fresheners and much more.
Make Up Your Mind Day is observed annually on December 31st. This day is set aside to encourage us to quit wavering, to take a side, to follow through with a decision and stick to it.
As New Year’s resolutions go, this may be the day to decide which ones to declare.
Been hesitating on making some decisions? This is the day to finally make up your mind.
I hope you use some of these National Day celebrations to take a little break from the Holiday hustle and bustle.
Have a wonderful, Happy and healthy Holiday with your family and friends!!!
Merry Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!