Earth Events & places of interest during the month of December

VISIT  & XMAS shop in FRANKENMUTH, Michigan U.S.A.

http://www.frankenmuth.org/

During the month of December, here are a great number of things for you and your family to do in Frankenmuth, Michigan. With festivities year round, the town welcomes visitors with Bavarian hospitality regardless of the season. Whether it's a day trip for the family or a weekend retreat with friends, Frankenmuth is the perfect destination to recharge, renew and refresh. From fantastic festivals, eclectic shopping and wonderful indoor water-parks, to rich historical beauty and culture, it's the ideal departure from the ordinary every day.

http://www.frankenmuth.org/things-to-do/shopping/

World Aids Day   ...International   ...December 1st

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV. Wearing a red ribbon is one simple way to do this. Find out where you can get a red ribbon.

https://www.worldaidsday.org/about

Chunnel Day   ...Great Britain   ...December 1st

For those of us, who might be traveling to the UK and then onto Main-Land Europe ...The Chunnel is a fast trip from the British Isle to France and beyond ! ....On Dec. 1, 1990, British and French construction workers joined the two halves of the Eurotunnel, physically linking Britain and France for the first time since the end of the ice age. At 11:11 a.m., workers Robert Graham Fagg of England and Philippe Cozette of France drilled through the final pieces of rock and met at the center of the Eurotunnel. About 100 of the project’s 10,000 workers were on hand to celebrate with champagne, the only time alcohol had been officially allowed at the work site 130 feet underwater.

https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/home/

Faux Fur Friday   International   ...First Friday in December

SAVE a few furry animals today ..... buy faux fur ! How to Celebrate Faux Fur Friday ...Need we say it? Spend the day decked out in Faux Furs! Get your best outfit together or invest in a new one, and show the world that Faux fur is still in. You can even have a themed party where everyone shows up wearing their fuzzy best. Faux Fur Friday is a great opportunity to bring back the 70’s, when the Frankly Fake Furs were in their hey-day, or you can use Faux Fur to host a 1920’s themed party where everyone shows up at their most (faux) elegant!

National Salesperson Day ...U.S.A. ...Friday, December 2nD

A good salesperson is knowledgeable about his or her product.  When you have a question, if he doesn’t have an answer, he will know who does.  A salesperson may work locally in a shop on her feet all day or travel several hundred miles a day to see customers and vendors.  When a new product becomes available every salesperson selling the product will be studying so they can keep the customer informed. It's a great day to thank each salesperson that you are in contact with and use ( http://www.insightsquared.com/2014/03/friday-is-national-salesperson-day-how-are-you-celebrating/ ) to post on social media.

National Fritters Day   U.S.A.   ...December 2nd

Fritters come in a variety of forms, from morsels dipped in flavorful batters to bits of dough stuffed or filled with delicious surprises, all of which are deep-fried and served hot with dips, drips or dustings of seasonings, sweets or sauces. Found in cuisines all around the world, fritters are believed to have first been consumed by Ancient Romans who then introduced them to Europe. Most commonly filled with fruit or cheese, they can also be filled with savory meats, seafood and vegetables.  

National Skywarn Day    ...U.S.A.   ...December 3rd

SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

Santa' List Day ....International   ...December 4th

Santa Claus is said to make lists of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior ("good" and "bad", or "naughty" and "nice") and to deliver presents, including toys, and candy to all of the well-behaved children in the world, and coal to all the misbehaved children, on the single night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this feat with the aid of his elves, who make the toys in his workshop at the North Pole, and his flying reindeer, who pull his sleigh. He is commonly portrayed as living at the North Pole and saying "ho ho ho" often. Today, December 4th is Santa's List Day. ...have you been Naughty? Or, have you been nice? Only Santa knows and Santa's Elves have been everywhere, checking up on children all over the world.The short list contains the names of a few children who have been naughty. A much longer list is filled with the names of children who have been good all year long ...Which list are you on? This is the time when parents need children to be on their best behavior, as they are very very busy preparing for the holidays. ...And for you OLDER KIDS .... just a bigger piece of dirty old coal waiting for the BULLY'S !

INTERNational Cookie Day   ...Earth Event   ...December 4th

In 1987 Matt Nader of the San Francisco-based Blue Chip Cookie Company created Cookie Day, saying: “It’s just like having National Secretaries Day… It will just be a fun thing to do.” This fun and sweet holiday was also championed by The Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. Although the day did not originate with him, some details about it can be found in Random House’s “The Sesame Street Dictionary”, which was published in the 1980s as well. Since then, the word got around the globe that there was much tasty fun to be had on December 4th, and people from various countries the world over began to celebrate Cookie Day.

Feast of Saint Nicholas ( December 5th & 6th )

( December 5th ), The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on 6 December. In Alpine countries, Saint Nicholas has a devilish companion named Krampus On the preceding evening of December 5th, Krampus Night or Krampusnacht, the wicked hairy devil appears on the streets. Austria is where a Krampus Museum can be found in the town of Suetschach.  In other European counties, December 6th is the feast day of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, which appropriately falls during the Advent season.  In the UNited States, Children in families who celebrate St Nicholas' Day receive treats - including candy, cookies, small toys, or fruit - in stockings, socks, shoes or bags on December 6. Some churches have special services dedicated to the feast of St Nicholas on this day.This feast day is an especially exciting one for children as they count down the days on their Advent calendars in anticipation of Christmas day.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g1576989-Suetschach

National Bathtub Party Day   ...U.S.A.   ... December 5th

National " Bathtub Party Day " has a two-part meaning. On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified by Congress and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment of January 16, 1919, finally ending the increasingly unpopular nationwide prohibition of alcohol. During the prohibition era, especially during the Roaring 1920s, GIN parties became very popular and sometimes bathtubs were used to contain large quantities of the illegal brew. ...More recently,  the online herbalists at ( wellcat.com ) copyrighted this holiday in order, to inspire people to buy essential bath oils and fancy salts to add to their bathwater. In both notedcases, it was inferred that the bathtub itself was a great place to party with ones friends !  ... http://www.wellcat.com/aromatherapy%20blends.htm

National Miners Day   ...U.S.A.   ...December 6th

National Miner’s Day marks the anniversary of the worst mining accident in history on December 6, 1907, in Monogah, West Virginia.  The disaster resulted in the deaths of 362 miners.  In 2009, Congress proclaimed each December 6 as National Miner’s Day. This day was created as a day of reflection, when we can show appreciation for the sacrifices, honor the accomplishments and remember the tragedies that these hard working individuals experience. Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in America, and the miners put their lives at risk each and every day as they contend with health and safety issues as well as their uncertainty of the future. 

International Microwave Day   ...U.S.A.   ...December 6th

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!

National Independence Day   ...Finland   ...December 6th

Finland is a parliamentary republic with a central government based in the capital Helsinki. Over 1.4 million people live in the Greater Helsinki metropolitan area, which produces a third of the country's GDP. From the late 12th century, Finland was an integral part of Sweden, a legacy reflected in the prevalence of the Swedish language and its official status. In the spirit of the notion of Adolf Ivar Arwidsson (1791–1858), "we are not Swedes, we do not want to become Russians, let us therefore be Finns", the Finnish national identity started to become established. Nevertheless, in 1809, Finland was incorporated into the Russian Empire as the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland. In 1906, Finland became the second nation in the world to give the right to vote to all adult citizens and the first in the world to give all adult citizens the right to run for public office. Following the 1917 Russian Revolution, Finland declared itself independent.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day   ...U.S.A.   ...December 7th

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is annually on December 7, commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, during World War II. During the attack at Pearl Harbor, over 2,400 American serviceman and 68 civilians were killed. Five of the eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, and virtually all ships were damaged. On Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, U.S. flags are to be flown at half staff. On December 8, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in a speech to Congress it was "..a day that will live in infamy". The U.S. then declared war on Japan.

National Brownie Day   ...U.S.A.    ...December 8th

The perfect day to celebrate chocolatey, chewy brownies. Brownie lovers, love chocolate. Conversely, chocolate lovers, love brownies. Therefore, its only natural, that we have a special day to celebrate brownies. ...It's fun and easy to enjoy this special day. First, select your favorite brownie recipe, and bake a batch of brownies. You can add nuts, if you prefer. Topping the brownies with chocolate frosting is a good thing, too. Finally, eat them! You can have them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack.

International Pastry Day ( December 9th )

Celebrate this day by making pastries. Don't make just one.  Creativity is big in the world of pastry making. Be sure to try your hand a creating a new pastry. Culinary chefs should put on a show today, with live demonstrations. After all of the pastries are made, make sure to eat you fill of pastries on this very special day. This is also the beginning of the Christmas cookie baking season. A box of homemade cookies are often brought to parties during this winter season. ...and a favorite gift to leave that jolly old elf from the North Country, Santa Claus.( Winter Holiday foods for everyone )


International Christmas Card Day  December 10th

The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. He was a civil servant ( Government worker ) who was very interested in the new 'Public Post Office' and wondered how it could be used more by ordinary people. Just a few decades ago, sending Christmas cards through the mail was a holiday "must". Sending cards through the mail continues to be very popular. The cost and time for writing and sending cards has caused many people to stop sending them. Free E-cards have surged in popularity. Animated Christmas and seasonal E-cards have made sending and receiving them a lot of fun.   

International Lager Day   ... Earth Event   ... December 10th

It’s National Lager Day! Lager is a type of German beer that is bottom fermented and lightly hopped. It is usually stored for at least three weeks after brewing before it is served. Lager is the dominant style of beer throughout the world, except in England where ale is the favorite style. The only real difference between ale and lager is that ales ferment and age quickly at warm temperatures, while lagers ferment and age slowly at cool temperatures. These different types of fermentation allow for a vast difference in flavor and aroma. To celebrate National Lager Day, head to your favorite pub and enjoy a refreshing brew of your favorite lager or try brewing your own!

National Constitution Day   ...Thailand   ...December 10th

At the start of the 1930s, Thailand ( then called Siam ) was suffering economically from the effects of the great depression. The king at the time was Rama VII, he was seen by many to not have enough experience to deal with all the issues that were affecting his country. This led to a group of intellectuals and senior military personnel forming a group called the ( people's party ) who presented the king with the option to stay in power but have his power reduced, creating a constitutional monarchy. This pride in Thailand's monarchy is a key element of the festivities of Constitution Day. Parades and fireworks are common festivities on this day and images of the Thai kings are displayed across the country.

Human Rights Day   ...International   ....December 10th

Human Rights Day was established in 1948, and ever since that auspicious day it has stood as the first major stride forward in ensuring that the rights of every human across the globe are protected. From the most basic human needs such as food, shelter, and water, all the way up to access to free and uncensored information, such has been the goals and ambitions laid out that day. The first and foremost way to celebrate Human Rights Day is to take some time to appreciate the effect that this resolution has had on your world and life. Look around your neighborhood and see the effects on a local scale, the charitable works being done to promote the health and well-being of those who are less fortunate.

World Choral Day   ...International   ...2nd SUNDAY in December

It all began with the Latin American Vice President of the International Federation for Choral Music–Albert Grau. Grau believed the world was living in a constant state of self-destruction. He was convinced that if we used music to break down the barriers created by politics, ideologies, religion and racial hatred, the world could become a better place. Grau was convinced that no matter how divergent are beliefs; we can all come together with peace and understanding. Just like different notes in a symphony. Fellow musicians loved Grau’s idea; his proposal to establish a World Choral Day was approved in August of 1990 by the General Assembly of the International Federation of Choral Music. World Choral Day—celebrated on the second Sunday in December–is an international event that promotes peace, understanding and solidarity. Singers across the world hold festivals, choral seminars, sing-alongs and various other events. The idea behind World Choral Day is to encourage peace worldwide through the power of music.

Food for Needy Animals Day    ...Earth Event    ...December 11th

Today is that day to give your pet some extra love, and think about all those other animals that are homeless, deprived of a good meal. Holiday Food Drives for needy animals focuses on collecting animal food to bring to your local shelters and humane societies. Food drives may be set up by individuals or by organizations. Food such as dry and wet cat food, as well as treats, can also be directly donated to organizations on the day. Make sure that you check the EXPIRATION DATES on those packaged food. " Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day is being observed today! It has always been observed annually on December 11th.

National Poinsettia Day December 12th

These beautiful flowers are a well-recognized symbol of Christmas. Poinsettia Day was officially declared by an Act of Congress. It is in honor of  Joel Roberts Poinsett, who died on December 12, 1851. Poinsett was the first Ambassador to Mexico . Mr. Poinsett brought this colorful plant back to his plantation in the U.S.  He grew the plants in his Greenville, S.C plantation and gave them out as gifts to friends. According to Mexican folklore, there is a story of a little poor girl who had nothing to bring to church for Christmas. On her way to church, she picked some plants by the side of the road. As she entered the church, the leaves at the tips of the branches turned into bright, brilliant red flowers. You guessed it... Poinsettias.

National Horse Day ...USA ...December 13th

In the nineteenth century horses were used by cowboys on ranches and on cattle drives, for transporting people in cities, for hauling things, and for farming. Horse racing also became more widespread in the nineteenth century, with Standard-bred horses for harness racing coming about, and the establishment of Thoroughbred horse races. As the twentieth century started, horses were being developed for military and agricultural purposes, but as mechanized transportation increased after World War I, horse populations went down. In 1915 there were 20 million horses in the country, but by 1959 there were only 4.5 million. Today there are 9.2 million horses in the United States.

WORLD WIDE  " MONKEY DAY "  ( December 14th )

The holiday was started in 2000 when artist Casey Sorrow, then an art student at Michigan State University, jokingly scribbled Monkey Day on a friend's calendar, and then first celebrated the holiday with other MSU art students. It gained notoriety when Sorrow and fellow MSU art student Eric Millikin began including Monkey Day in their artwork and Fetus-X comic strips, and began promoting it online along with other artists. Since then, Monkey Day has been celebrated internationally, across countries such as the United States, Canada, Germany, Pakistan, Estonia, United Kingdom and Colombia

Festival of Nostredamus   ...FRANCE   ...December 14th

Come to this festival, you can walk in the streets of Salon de Provence and enjoy its sweetness of life. At the bend of a street will appear in front of you the house where lived Michel de Nostredame refitted in museum "Nostradamus".
Many buildings from the Renaissance period will show you their charms including the Collegiate Church of St. Lawrence where are the relics of Nostradamus ... You can also enjoy the wide panorama that will offer you the heights of the Castle of Empéri located in the city center.  Michel de Nostredame ( depending on the source, 14 or 21 December 1503 – 2 July 1566 ), usually Latinized as Nostradamus, was a French physician and reputed seer, mystic who published collections of prophecies that have since become widely famous.

WORLD ENERGY CONSERVATION DAY ...December 14th

World Energy Conservation Day is celebrated on 14th December globally to highlight the importance of energy consumption and its use in our day-to-day life, its scarcity and its impact on sustainability of global Eco systems. It focuses our concentration on significant issues facing the future of mankind with respect to energy. This Day serves to spell a sense of urgency on the issues involved.

Bill of Rights Day   ...U.S.A.   ...December 15th

Today is Bill of Rights Day. To Americans, the Bill of Rights are key amendments to the U.S. Constitution, that protect our individual rights. On March 4, 1789, the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified by the (former)13 colonies, and went into effect. States and individuals were concerned that the Constitution did not properly cover and protect a number of rights of individuals. The Constitution was signed by the original 13 states with the requirement, or understanding, that a Bill of Rights would be created, amending the new U.S. Constitution. On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States proposed to the state legislatures 12 amendments to the Constitution. 10 of these amendments were added to the Constitution on December 15, 1791.

National FREE SHIPPING Day   USA   December 15th

Free Shipping Day is one of the many days dedicated to shopping that takes place around the holiday season, and was created for those who have procrastinated in their online gift buying. As Christmas approaches, shoppers begin to get concerned that if they buy something online it won't arrive in time, and by mid-December, less people buy online. Over 1,000 participating retailers relieve this late shopping concern, by providing free shipping, and by guaranteeing that packages will arrive by Christmas Eve.

International Beethoven's Birth - day ( December 16th )

Ludwig van Beethoven; German: City of Bonn, ( Baptised 17, December, 1770 – died, 26, March 1827 ) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis and an operaFidelio.  .....Listen to: ( Beethoven's Christmas Symphony )

National UGLY XMAS Sweater Day( 3rd Friday in December )

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has grown to be an international event. Now occurring on the third Friday of December, the holiday 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.

For more information go to http://www.nationaluglychristmassweaterday.org/

Pan American Aviation Day   ... U.S.A.    .... December 17th

In the early 20th century flight companies and pioneers, such as Pan American World Airways and the Wright brothers, made great advancements within the aviation industry that would lead to future years of breakthrough developments. Pan American Aviation Day was first observed on December 17, 1940. The celebrations for the day included first showings of two motion pictures, the presentation of the Collier Trophy by President Franklin Roosevelt, an aviation banquet, and broadcasts by military officials. Stamps commemorating Pan-American Aviation Day were also sold that year.

World Candy Cane Day    Earth Event    December 17th

The earliest " Verifiable Reference " to stick candy is a record of the 1837 ( Exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association ), where confections were judged competitively. A hard candy recipe for straight peppermint sticks, white with red colored stripes, was published in 1844. The "Candy Cane" is found in literature in 1866, though no description of color or flavor was provided. Its earliest known association with Christmas was in 1874, and by 1882 canes were being hung on Christmas trees. In 1846, the "Christmas tree" became popular with the royals, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a decorated Christmas tree. Unlike the previous royal family, Victoria was very popular with her subjects, and what was done at court immediately became fashionable—not only in Britain, but with fashion-conscious East Coast American Society. The Christmas tree had arrived to America and those hand-made tree ornaments and hooked shape candy canes were easily hung with care.

National Maple Syrup Day   USA   December 17th

Although most of the maple sap doesn't start to run for another two months, it's a great day to wake up to the smll of pankcakes or waffles ! Maple syrup was first collected and used by the native peoples of North America. The practice was adopted by European settlers, who gradually refined production methods. Newer technological improvements in the 1970s further refined syrup processing. The Canadian province of Quebec is by far the largest producer, responsible for about three-quarters of the world's output. Vermont is the largest producer in the United States, generating about 5.5 percent of the global supply.


National Roast a Suckling Pig Day   ...U.S.A.   ... December 18th

Suckling pig can range between 8-30 pounds and expect between $12-$20 a pound depending on the market. These factors coupled with the daunting task of roasting a whole granted small, pig makes the finished product a delicacy most anywhere in the world. With the right tools and ingredients, the roasting process is not that complicated. If you’ve roasted a whole turkey, you can cook a suckling pig. Only the smallest piglets will fit into most standard home ovens. Those at the lower weight range will provide about 20 adult servings. 

International Migrants Day   ... Earth Event   ...December 18th

"On this International Migrants Day, ( December 18th ), I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments during its first ever summit on large movements of refugees and migrants to enhance the protection of refugees and migrants. These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (NY Declaration). The NY Declaration reaffirms the importance of the international protection regime and represents a commitment by Member States to strengthen and enhance mechanisms to protect people on the move. It paves the way for the adoption of two new global compacts in 2018: the global compact on refugees and the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

International Holly Day   ...Earth Event   ...December 19th

OK, I'm confused about this holiday    ...seems to have been created to honor  anything named HOLLY ???? Whether it’s that prickily bush found everywhere on Earth, or that lovely little village of Holly, Michigan, or maybe the 2006 film " Holly " or a famous 1950s Rock-in Roll musician with the last name Holly, a famous gal from the 80's named Holly Go-lightly or all those other fabulous women named Holly ..." National Holly Day" celebrates all things holly. SO, Ill say it again ...Happy Holly Day!

National Liberation Day   ....Goa, India   ...December 19th

Goa Liberation day holds great significance in the history of Goa. It signifies the day when Goa was released of Portuguese dominance by assistance from the Indian Navy. The liberation helped the people of Goa to relieve themselves from the exploitative rules of the Portuguese. The liberation also made the independence of India complete as after the British left India, Goa was the only part that remained under the British rule. The day is celebrated with a lot of fanfare in Goa. The celebration features a torch light procession that takes off from three various locations of Goa. The three processions ultimately meet at the Azad Maidan. At this place, the participants of the procession pay their tribute to the martyrs. Cultural programs like Sugam Sangeet are also organized to celebrate the day.

National Sangria Day ...USA ...December 20th

The National Sangria Day is celebrated on December 20. It is somewhat ironic as sangria is a fruity wine punch usually drank as a refreshing beverage. Sangria is named after the Spanish word “sangre” which means blood. It is understandable as sangria is usually made with read wine and thus has deep red color. Sangria originated in Spain and Portugal where it is typically served during summer months. It has also become popular in Britain and the United States where it is sold by many supermarkets.Sangria is made with wine, chopped fruit and/or berries, and a sweetener (sugar, syrup, or honey). A small amount of brandy may also be added. Sometimes sangria is diluted with soda water, soft drinks, or orange juice. Chopped fruit can include (but are not limited to) apple, lemon, orange, lime, peach, nectarine, grape, pineapple, melon, mango, and kiwifruit. This beverage is chilled before serving.

Fly to sunny florida for a xmas  get-a-way!

http://sarasotachristmasboatparade.com/

The Sarasota Boat Parade route has been expanded by an additional turn marker at the southwest side of Bay front Park. All boats must now pass approximately one third of the Sarasota Bay side of Bay front Park within a few yards, to be considered for judging. The Bay front Park spectator viewing area has been expanded to include the entire Northern tip of island near the fountain. SEE: ... http://www.escape-to-sarasota.com/december-sarasota-events.html  Fly to this destination on Delta Airlines .... http://www.delta.com/SarasotaRealEstatehttp://www.floridasunrealtycorp.net/

The Dongzhi Festival in China ( On the Winter Solstice )

( Solstice in China ) Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get togethers (especially in the southern parts of China is the making and eating of tangyuan or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion. Tangyuan are made of glutinous rice flour and sometimes brightly colored.

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International Date - Nut - Bread Day   ...Earth Event   ...December 22

Believed to have originated in the Middle East around Iraq, dates have been a staple food of the Middle East and the Indus Valley for thousands of years. They have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 4000 BCE. The Spaniards introduced dates into Mexico and California in 1765. Dates provide essential nutrients and are an excellent source of dietary potassium.  In ripe dates, the sugar content is about 80% with the remainder consisting of protein, fiber and trace elements of boron, cobalt, copper, fluorine, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc. Date & Nut Bread is great after a little toasting !

Festivus Day ( December 23rd ) ( For those who never holiday shop at all )

Festivus ...is both a parody and a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 that serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. It has been described as "the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering"  originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O'Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 episode "The Strike". The holiday's celebration, as it was shown on Seinfeld, includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles". The episode refers to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us", referencing its non-commercial aspect. It has also been described both as a "parody holiday festival" and as a form of playful consumer resistance.

National EggNog Day ..... International   ...December 24th

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. National Eggnog Day is observed once a year on the day before Christmas.  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.

The Christmas season in Great Britain  ( 3rd week of December )

Christmas Eve ....In the evening, often just before bedtime, many families, particularly those with children, will hang up stockings on the fireplace or the end of their bed. Children hope that Santa Claus, a mythical figure thought to represent an ancient European saint, will enter their home via the chimney and fill their stocking with gifts, sweets and oranges.

Visit Cambridge, England at Christmas

http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/chapel-services/nine-lessons.html

Boxing Day ( December 26th ) ...a day after Christmas

Boxing Day is a holiday traditionally celebrated the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesman would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers, in the United Kingdom, Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Bermuda, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other former British colonies. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December.

Lets go Boxing day shopping in London, UK

Lets go Boxing-day shopping in Toronto, Canada

Lets go Boxing day shopping in Sydney, Australia

International ( FRUIT CAKE DAY )  December 27th

It is very appropriate for National Fruitcake Day to be celebrated shortly after Christmas. Once the holidays are over, it's time to get rid of your fruitcake. Giving a fruitcake is a Christmas tradition for many. It is also believed that recipients will re-wrap the fruitcake and give it to someone else. Who knows how many years, or decades, a fruitcake has been passed along? Ultimately, the trick is to make sure you give away the fruitcake before the holiday season is through. Otherwise, you get the joy of storing it, until the next fruitcake-giving season.

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No Interruptions Day   ...U.S.A.   ...December 27th

No Interruptions Day arose in response to a world where everywhere we go information and noise is blasted at us from every angle. Visually the world is full of flashing screens and pop-ups and outlandish things determined to draw our attention from what we’re doing and make us LOOK LOOK LOOK for a moment. Whether it’s the man spinning a sign in a Lady Liberty outfit advertising a tax service, or a pop-up on your phone from the latest twitter post, everything wants your attention, right now. So, Switch off your phones, disconnect your internet and do something you really enjoy doing – knit a scarf, read a book or work on your car, all without any interruptions. If you have been distracted at work, take this day to try and increase your productivity. Inform your colleagues that you will be working all day and would appreciate that you be bothered only in case of an emergency. Unplug your office phone, set an out of the office response to emails and concentrate on finishing up your tasks.

Chocolate Candy Day ... International  ... December 28th

There is still a TON OF CHOCOLATE CANDY out there that has been marked down after Christmas!!!! The word “chocolate” comes from the word “xocoatl” or “chocolatl”. Mayan “school” means hot or bitter, and the Aztec “atl” means water. Chocolate is made from the cacao plant.  Before it was ever made into a sweet candy, it was ground into a beverage.  In ruling class society, the beverage was used for medical purposes.Americans consume 12 pounds of chocolate each year.

Constitution Day in Ireland   ...Ireland   ...December 29th

The Constitution of Ireland replaced the Constitution of the Irish Free State which had been in effect since the independence of the Irish state from the United Kingdom on 6 December 1922. There were two main motivations for replacing the constitution in 1937. Firstly, the Statute of Westminster 1931 granted parliamentary autonomy to the six British Dominions (now known as Commonwealth realms) within a Commonwealth of Nations. The Irish Free State constitution of 1922 was, in the eyes of many, associated with the controversial Anglo-Irish Treaty. The largest political group in the anti-treaty faction, who opposed the treaty initially by force of arms, had boycotted the institutions of the new Irish Free State until 1926. In 1932 they were elected into power as the Fianna Fáil party.

Bacon Day   ....Earth Event   ...December 30th

The origins of Bacon stretches back into the middle ages, with the name originating in Middle English from the word “Bacoun”. Following it back you find it in France as Bako, Germany as Bakko, and old Teutonic as Backe. All of these words mean “back”, and what’s that tell us about Bacon? Piggy got back. But that’s not even the earliest example of bacon, the first bacon was known to come from the Romans, and was known as ‘Petaso’. This is easily one of the tastiest holidays you can celebrate! The best way of celebrating this dedication to swine delicacies is by indulging in the delicious treats that come from our four hooved friends. You can start by going to an all you can eat breakfast place that has bacon on the menu, trust us, they exist! Then you can head on out to your favorite lunch stop and get your favorite bacony treat, we personally prefer cheeseburgers with extra bacon!

National Bicarbonate Day   ...U.S.A.   ...December 3oth

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day is celebrated on December 30, 2016. Sodium bicarbonate is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder. It has a slightly salty, alkaline taste resembling that of washing soda. One of the most common medicinal uses for baking soda is as an antacid. People often use sodium bicarbonate for gastrointestinal problems such as acid re-flux, indigestion, and heartburn. Most over-the-counter antacids use some type of bicarbonate.

NEW YEAR'S EVE  World-wide  Evening of December 31st

In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve ( also known as Old Year's Day or Saint Sylvester's Day ), the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. Some people attend a watch night service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into January 1 ( New Year's Day ).

Allendale Baal Fire   ...Great Britain   ...December 31st

Fireworks are cool and all, but there's no better way to ride into the New Year than on a large cloud of smoke from a blazing fire. Channeling your personality from the Dark Ages, you and a colorful cast of characters will watch the town go up in flames (calm down there, not like that). Clans of costumed neighbors and volunteers add more spark to the Baal with odd dance performances and rhythmic tunes with flames swinging around their heads. Not a speck of natural light will sneak into the town of flames. The Tar Barl Festival has been Allendale's way of welcoming the new year for at least 160 years. The normally quiet village heaves with people - locals, visitors and the barrel-carrying "guisers" wearing fancy dress or a disguise. A fiery procession swarms round the Northumberland village, returning to the square just before midnight to throw its barrels on to the waiting bonfire, setting it alight.

New Years Eve Light Show   ...Niagara Falls N.Y. & Canada   ...December 31st

The biggest event in the area by far is the Niagara Falls New Years party in Victoria Park. This free public event gets underway at 8pm and provides live music and entertainment with the Niagara Falls New Year's concert taking place throughout the evening, leading up the huge fireworks display at midnight, launched from the Niagara Gorge. A crowd of around 60,000 is expected in Queen Victoria Park for the event so make sure you get there in plenty time! The lineup of performers this year includes James Blonde, High Valley, Serena Ryder and Sam Roberts Band. There is a big event at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, New York in the shape of the Old Falls Street’s Family Fun New Year’s Eve celebration. This party includes music and dancing, children's' entertainers and a countdown and balloon drop at 10pm. ...get more details and tickets here.