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Weird And Wacky December Holidays

Updated on December 29, 2013

Weird Holidays Are Commonplace Nowadays - Let's Explore December

Welcome to one of the strangest articles on December holidays that you've likely read in a long time. This lens is going to introduce you to just how many strange, bizarre, peculiar, odd and wacky holidays they really are in the month, though you'll also find the usual suspects as well as a few of the lesser known observances.

This will be a fairly detailed list, but it's not the end all and be all authority on the subject as I am listing only those days that I find most interesting whether they be authentic or somewhat questionable. Don't worry; I have separated the two to avoid confusion. I hope you enjoy the list and discover a few holidays that you may have not known about, but are still willing to celebrate.

Photo by Christina Rutz / flickr

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We all know things about Christmas. Lots of things. But I bet there are things you never knew...and they're as crazy and wacky as they go. Some are shocking, some are fun and some simply make you shake your head and ask yourself 'is this really true?'


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National Eggnog Month - A monthly December observance that is not that big of a surprise.

A very popular drink during the winter season that can be made quite easily throughout the year (if you desire). I suggest celebrating it by actually learning how to make it.

National Re-Gifting Day - Always on the Thursday before Christmas.

Holiday office parties are often held on the days before Christmas, which make this a perfect time to re-gift that present that you just aren't that excited about anymore. It's also a great way to save money.

Festivus - December 23rd

A Festivus for the rest of us. Lesser known holidays are still holidays. Right? The origin of this bizarre holiday can be found on the TV show Seinfeld (which aired in December 1997). A few ways to celebrate this wonderful day can be found below.

A dinner is always expected, but it can be anything from meatloaf to fried chicken.

The symbol of the holiday is a plain aluminum pole.

Feats of strength is often followed directly after dinner.

Airing of grievances is a way to tell your loved ones how disappointed you are in them.


Daily December Holidays That Stay The Same

1- World Aids Awareness Day

1- Day Without Art Day: The odds of finding an open museum are a lot less on this day.

2- National Mutt Day: Mixed breed dogs make some of the best pets.

3- National Roof Over Your Head Day: Realize how lucky you are because it can always get worse.

4- National Cookie Day: I wonder if a cookie lover had something to do with this one.

5- Repeal Day: The 18th Amendment is repealed and Americans were free to legally buy, sell and consume alcohol again.

6- Saint Nicholas Day: The practice of hanging up stockings originated here.

7- Pearl Harbor Day: The day the U.S. decided to enter World War II.

7- International Civil Aviation Day: A day to realize how important airplanes really are.

9- Weary Willie Day: Birthday of Emmett Kelly, Sr., who created the "tramp clown" character.

10- Nobel Prizes Awarded: Anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death.

10- Human Rights Day

12- Poinsettia Day: Named after the first Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, who died on this day and who brought the plant to the U.S.

14- Monkey Day: Celebrate all things simian!

15- Bill of Rights Day

16- National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

20- Mudd Day: Named after Samuel A. Mudd who gave medical aid to a disguised John Wilkes Booth.

21- Humbug Day: The perfect day to get your Scrooge on.

23- Festivus: Made really popular by the Seinfeld TV show.

24- Christmas Eve: The perfect time to read Twas the Night Before Christmas.

25- Christmas

31- New Year's Eve: One of the biggest party nights of the year.

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You can never go wrong by giving someone a good movie to watch over Christmas

Weekly Observances In December

December celebrations lasting a week or more

Las Posadas (16th - 24th): A Spanish celebration representing the nine months of pregnancy.

Saturnalia (17th - 23rd): Ancient Roman festival honoring Saturn (Cronos).

Boardgames and the month of December just seem to go together. - And they make some weird ones nowadays.


More Strange and Weird December Holidays

December holidays are the best - Celebrate them as often as possible.

1- Eat a Red Apple Day

2- National Fritters Day

4- Santa's List Day: Have you been naughty or nice?

5- Bathtub Party Day

5- International Ninja Day

7- National Cotton Candy Day

8- National Brownie Day

8- Take it in the Ear Day: I wonder is a letter was left out.

9- Christmas Card Day: December is one of the industry's biggest months.

15- Cat Herders Day: Hmmm.

16- Barbie and Barney Backlash Day

17-National Maple Syrup Day

18- National Suckling Pig Day

23- Roots Day: Celebrate your family heritage.

25- National Pumpkin Pie Day

26- National Candy Cane Day

26- National Whiner's Day: Perfect day to complain about that crappy gift you got.

27- National Fruitcake Day: How far can you throw one?

28- National Chocolate Day

29- Tic Toc Day: Not much time left to get those yearly goals done.

31- Unlucky Day

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Also feel free to share any experiences that you might have had while celebrating any of the holidays that may or may not be in this lens. Let others know how your celebration went.

Any weird or funny December holidays you don't see above that you find interesting? - Keep your suggestions tame, please.

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    • tedwritesstuff24 profile image


      6 years ago

      National cookie cutter week ;-)

    • MJ Martin profile image

      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      7 years ago from Washington State

      birthdays, anniversaries, fritters day and brownies day, I have observed in December. Great lens. Keep the weirdness alive.

    • Seasons Greetings profile image

      Laura Brown 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I hope you write more of these holidays by month posts.

    • lasertek lm profile image

      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens!

    • Mamaboo LM profile image

      Mamaboo LM 

      7 years ago

      your lens is fun , out of the ordinary and full of variety...I love it. Be blessed today

    • waterlily78 profile image


      8 years ago

      Awesome list! I just "celebrated" St. Nicholas Day yesterday, my fiancé's family had a cookout (in the snow) last night. Fun!


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