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Lesser-Known Winter Holidays

Posted by Julian Torres, "JT" on Dec 14, 2022 6:35:03 PM

While Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza get all the attention, the Big Three holidays happen to share the winter time with a lot of lesser-known holidays. So in an effort to educate, consider this list of holidays when celebrating during the month of December.

By the way, this list will focus on holidays after December 15. So if you want to learn about (and these are all real examples) National Bartender Day, National Cookie Day, Day of the Ninja, National Llama Day, National Cocoa Day, and National Violin Day, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day – December 16

Let’s face it, the holiday season has never been a good time to start eating healthier. And because the holiday season tends to be seen as excessive by nature, it’s somehow fitting to observe National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.

How does it work? Find a piece of food, dunk it in chocolate, and either devour the object or just stand back and admire how the chocolate rolls off the food. Better have a pan or a big bowl to catch the chocolate, too.

National Ugly Sweater Day – December 16

First established in 2011, National Ugly Sweater Day serves as a time to celebrate the creation, wearing, and general unease that comes from ugly sweaters.

Though possibly intended to insert a little more ridiculous joy into a season synonymous with stress and feelings of being overwhelmed, Ugly Sweater Day presents a huge opportunity to get away with wearing some truly horrendous pieces of clothing.

Wright Brother Day – December 17

Do you enjoy flying? Find it more enjoyable than driving, taking the bus, or braving a train? Take a moment to remember the Wright Brothers on this day.

World Cup Final Day – December 18

FOOTBALL! THE BEAUTIFUL SPORT! Doesn’t matter which two teams will be playing, World Cup Final Day works like Super Bowl Sunday on a global scale.

Answer the Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day – December 18

“Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” Simple, silly, and fun. Attempt this one at your own risk; if your employer calls, they might not appreciate your attempt to share the holiday spirit.

National Emo Day – December 19

Have a fascination with dark clothes, varying shades of makeup, and intense music? National Emo Day may be for you.

National Short Person Day – December 22

This one can be interesting because the exact definition of short tends to be subjective. While it’s safe to assume that anyone shorter than 5 feet tall would qualify, it’s not clear where the cutoff to qualify as “short” has been established. It could be 5’5 or maybe 5’7, and anything over six feet immediately qualifies as “tall.” So who qualifies? Also, does it matter if the person has on boots?

Festivus – December 23

“A Festivus for the rest of us!” If you get the reference, celebrate Festivus. If you don’t, google the Seinfeld episode and enjoy.

No matter which holiday you observe and celebrate at this time of year, remember to be safe, have fun, and enjoy yourselves. Happy Holidays to all!

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