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Alternative December Holidays for Non-Traditional Fun

Updated on October 16, 2018
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (Active AF Civil Air Patrol).

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The Last and Best Month of the Year

Probably the best alternative holiday in America and globally, December is Universal Human Rights Month, with Human Rights Day falling on December 10 during Human Rights Week. have a party this month, invite your diverse friends, and have a good time!

The protection of human rights in the world is important, especially given the in-your-face reporting of violence and different types of slavery extant today.

The Cold Moon.
The Cold Moon. | Source

December is also the Month of the Cold Moon among some First Nations and Native American groups.

Mid-Winter Cold Moon Celebrations of the Iroquois and the Kwakiutl Nation at opposite sides of North America are similar and centuries old. If you are in the Pacific Northwest, you can visit several First Nations installations on Vancouver Island and on the British Columbia Mainland.

December also saw the beginning of Bingo Games somewhere in the past. All sorts of events and traditions have begun in one December or another.

Week I: December 1 - 7

December 1: Civil Air Patrol Day.

Founded December 1, 1941, Civil Air Patrol or the "Flying Minutemen" engages youth in aerospace education (I'm one of the instructors), emergency services and disaster relief. Many search and rescue missions in America involve the youth of the CAP. In WWII, 200,000 men, women, and teenagers, famous movie stars, future NASA engineers, brewers, doughnut makers, future Tuskegee Airmen, and lots of pilots in CAP helped to keep America free of Nazi invasion, flying their own planes at their own cost.

December 2: Mutt Day.

Mutt Day was founded in 2005 to be held on July 31 and December 2. Founder Colleen Paige is a pet expert that wants America to save mixed-breed dogs from the pound. So, after careful consideration, think about adopting a mutt or volunteer at your local animal shelter to play with the animals.

December 3: Visit the mountain at Rumpke Sanitary Landfill!

Seriously, near Cincinnati, Ohio you'll find 30,000 Christmas lights strung across Mount Rumpke, the trash collections covering over 200 acres studded with 25-foot-tall candy canes. A shuttle van takes visitors on a guided tour.at 3800 Struble Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45251.

The company is family owned, operating since 1932 and the methane gas the mountain of trash produces is turned into natural gas to power motor vehicles!

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December 4, 5, 6, and 7: Art Base Miami, Florida gives multiple art shows.

December 4 - 13: National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

December 5: International Ninja Day. Red Rock Balloon Festival in Gallup, New Mexico is held the first Weekend of December.

December 7: International Civil Aviation Day. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created on December 7, 1944. Volunteers from teens through older adults proved their value worldwide during WWII.

Many towns offer short railroad excursions during the December holiday season.
Many towns offer short railroad excursions during the December holiday season. | Source

Week II: December 8 - 14

December 8: Birthday of James Thurber, humorist, author, and cartoonist.

December 9: National Pastry Day.

December 10: Congressional Gold Medal for CAP Day:

The Civil Air Patrol and about 40 survivors from WWII received the 2014 Congressional Gold Medal on this day for using their own planes and fuel to protect the USA against German U-boat attacks during World War II along our Eastern and Gulf Seaboards. CAP prevented WWII from coming on land in America.

December 11: International Mountain Day. (You might try Mount Rumpke again.) Visit one of the United States national parks for winter activities, and have a bagel, on this National Bagel Day.

December 12: Confederate General Stand Watie's Birthday. Born in 1806 near Rome, Georgia, this Cherokee Nation member survived the Trail of Tears.

December 13: Boogie in the Bungalow music festival in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.

December 14: National Biscuits and Gravy Day.

General Stand Watie, Cherokee Nation.
General Stand Watie, Cherokee Nation.

December 12: Confederate General Stand Watie's Birthday.

Born in 1806 near Rome, Georgia, this Cherokee Nation member survived the Trail of Tears and led Confederate forces in the American Civil War.

December 13: Boogie in the Bungalow music festival in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.

December 14: National Biscuits and Gravy Day.

Try the December Bird Count!
Try the December Bird Count! | Source

The Big Year Bird Count

The Big Year
The Big Year

I love watching this hilarious account of an annual bird count turned into a cutthroat competition by three rivals (Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson). I watch this film quite often.

 

Week III: December 15 - 21

December 15: Beginning of the Christmas Bird Count, though the first of the year. Fine a place needing the counting of birds at the Audubon site: www.audubon.org/

This is also Herding Cats Day, to commemorate managers who attempt to direct people in chaos.

December 16: Chocolate Covered Foods Day. The trend in the 2010s is to cover lots of bacon with lots of chocolate. Check out some Chocolate History and how to make real chocolate.

December 17: More in aviation: Wright Brothers Day.

Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first powered flight in this date in 1903, in a heavier-than-air plane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Interestingly, on this date in 1969, the US Air Force closed "Project Blue Book", concluding that there is no evidence of extraterrestrial activity in UFO sightings. Millions disagree! They still wonder about the "secret moon base" that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin may have discovered up there in July of the same year.

December 18: National I Love Honey Day. A Christmas superstition in Appalachia says that the honey bees hum the 116th Psalm on Christmas Eve.

December 19: The National Hockey League began its first season on this day in 1917.

December 20: World Board Games Day.

December 21: National Flashlight Day. A friend of mine collected a room full of flashlights!

Week IV: December 22 - 28:

December 22: Happy Birthday to dear departed Colo the Gorilla at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!

On 12/22/1956, this gorilla became the first one born in captivity. She died in her sleep the night of January 16, 2017 at the age of 60. Columbus holds the world's record for oldest gorilla in captivity.

December 22 is also The Longest Night Festival or Blue Christmas Celebration.

Invented to help those alone during the holidays to cheer up, this celebration incorporates anything from uplifting church services and potluck meals to fun all-night parties. My church has a special gathering for anyone lonely this night.

The birth of Colo and her descendants have paved the way for gorillas, an endangered species, to thrive in human care. It's hard to imagine what the world would be like today had she not been born.

— Tom Stalf, President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

December 23: Night of the Radishes. A contest is held in which a city and nearby villages carve large radishes into detailed figures and scenes and compete in a contest sponsored by the City of Oaxaca.

December 24: New Pajamas Day: Give and wear new pajamas on Christmas Eve.

December 25: National Pumpkin Pie Day.

December 26: Junkaroo Parade and all-night street carnival in Nassau, Bahamas - dance troupes of up to 1,000 dancers each, cowbells, drums, horns, whistles, music, costumes, and more dancing.

December 27: Visit the Zoo Day. At the Columbus Zoo, Wild Lights continues nightly through the first week of January.

December 28: Card Games Day.

Bonus Days! December 29, 30, 31

December 29 - 31: Snowglobe Music Festival, South Lake Tahoe, California.

December 30: Bacon Day. Also National Bicarbonate of Soda Day and Baking Soda Day - which has at least 50 uses.

December 31: No Interruptions Day. It is also National Vinegar Day, so make an old fashioned Vinegar Pie.

Healthy bacon? -- It contains the useful nutrient “choline.” It is known to increase intelligence and memory, fight Alzheimer’s Disease, and protect the heart from disease.

Snowmobiling in Yellowstone Park. Many communities in the USA and Canada hold a yearly Snowmobile Day in December, and dates vary by location.
Snowmobiling in Yellowstone Park. Many communities in the USA and Canada hold a yearly Snowmobile Day in December, and dates vary by location. | Source

Sources

  • Milano, P; Major. Civil Air Patrol to be Awarded Congressional Gold Medal. Hartford Courant Newspaper. November 24, 2014.

© 2014 Patty Inglish MS

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    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This seems fitting with what has been happening lately in the news. Love the holidays.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I hope you have a lot of fun with these holidays!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      It is not too late for me to celebrate some of these holidays. I am definitely doing the pajama day! Thanks for sharing these wonderful celebrations.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      This was FUN and had a little something for everyone.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Busy and fun. Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy some of these activities.

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      ignugent17 

      4 years ago

      Wow December is sure a busy month . Thanks for the information :-)

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @MsDora - Merry Christmas! December can be very entertaining while we remember our religious traditions. I hope everyone can have a few good smiles this month!

      @mckbirdbks - Hubbers appreciate your visits to their writings as much as they enjoy your good stories, like The Chocolate Girl. It all makes HubPages something to look forward to every day.

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      mckbirdbks 

      4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Patty, just today I have been running around looking for so of the traditional Christmas spirit. You have pointed out many different celebrations, many of them interesting. The holiday does offer a chance for me to support other (previous) hubpage authors.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Something to do or remember on every day this month. No cause for holiday blues--learn something, try something--even look up something in this article. Very interesting!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @mary615 and purl3agony - Thanks you very much for the support! December can be a glad time for most of us. If we know friends that have depression, maybe we can get them to enjoy some unusual holidays for a change. Food holidays are especially fun and a good excuse for experimentation in the kitchen.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @Lady Guinevere - Happy that you enjoyed this information! I've heard about new pajamas on Christmas Eve from several people and then heard that it is a holiday, and a fun one too. I think in some places, people give PJs on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. Have fun with new PJs!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very informative. Surprising that Christmas Day is also Pumpkin Pie Day.The train reminded me of the Polar Express. An enjoyable read!

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      Nadine May 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      That was an entertaining read about all the activities during December in the U.S.A

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      Donna Herron 

      4 years ago from USA

      Definitely circling Dec 9 and 16th on my calendar! I don't want to miss the celebration on National Pastry Day and Chocolate Covered Day :) But seriously, I've always wanted to learn more about bird counts and will check out opportunities in my area. Thanks for posting and sharing! This hub would make a great HOTD!! Voted up and useful!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Well, I learned a lot from this Hub! I had no idea there were so many special days in December.

      Great Hub, voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting indeed, December is chuck full of interesting things. We are totally non-traditional and will celebrate some of these things.

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      Debra Allen 

      4 years ago from West By God

      Voted up and across the board! Now I know how my husband's family got the PJ day and givin for Christmas present!! Thank you so much for this hub. I had asked a question about doing this like these. I am sharing it all around. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! HUGS!!!

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