Holidays and Festivals

National Day (Bhutan) * (see below)
Wright Brothers Day (USA)
* (see below)
Whittler's Birthday (USA)
* (see below)
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
(Roman), in honor of Saturn

Christian Feast Day of Barbaras
Christian Feast Day of Daniel the Prophet
Christian Feast Day of Lazarus of Bethany
(local commemoration in Cuba)

* National Day (Bhutan) Ugyen Wangchuck was elected hereditary king in 1907
* Wright Brothers Day (USA), a United States federal observances by Presidential Proclamation

* Whittier's Birthday (USA) is the birthday of JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER who was Born December 17, 1807 Died September 7, 1892. He was a poet, reformer, author, and a member of the Society of Friends. He attended a New England academy, worked on a farm, and taught school in order to afford further education. At twenty-two years old, he edited a paper at Boston. He was
a leading outspoken opponent of slavery and was attacked repeatedly by mobs for his opinions.

Fête de la Liège   Translation:  Cork Day (French Republican) The 27th day of the Month of Frimaire in the French Republican Calendar

Toast of The Day

"I wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
A pocket full of money
And a cellar full of beer!"
- Traditional

Drink of The Day

Candy Cane
3/4 oz. Creme de Cacao, white
3/4 oz. Schnapps, peppermint
Top with 7-up
Fill with Cream
1/4 oz. Grenadine
1 small candy cane Candy
Fill a highball glass with ice and add liquers and grenadine. Stir, then fill with cream. Top with 7-up and garnish with a candy cane

Wine of The Day

Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2010
Style - Shiraz
Barossa Valley, Australia

Beer of The Day

 Plank Heller Weizenbock
Brewer - Brauerei Michael Plank, Laaber, Germany
Style - South German-Style Weizenbock

Joke of The Day

Q: What's the difference between Snowmen and Snowladies?
A: Snowballs

Quote of The Day

“Don’t be afraid of death. Be afraid of a life you didn’t live. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
- Unknown

Whisky of The Day

Old Pulteney 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch WhiskyPrice: $100

December Observances

AIDS Awareness Month
Art and Architecture Month
Awareness Month of Awareness Months Month
Bingo's Birthday Month
Bingo Month
Cancer-Related Fatigue Awareness Month
Choose a Summer Camp Month, Natl
Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness Month
Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month
International Calendar Awareness Month
International Sharps Injury Prevention and Awareness Month
Learn A Foreign Language Month
National Drugged and Drunk Driving Prevention Month
National Hand Washing Awareness Month
National Made in America Month
National Sign-Up for Camp Month
National Tie Month
National Write A Business Plan Month
Nativity Fast
(Eastern churches) starts September 1st
Operation Santa Paws
December 1st - 24th
Quince and Watermelon Month
Read a New Book Month
Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month
Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Seasonal Depression Awareness Month
Spiritual Literacy Month
Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking (TANYRSS)
December 17th - February 5th
The Christmas Seal Campaign Month
Tomato and Winter Squash Month
Universal Human Rights Month
Winter-een-mas season
(to celebrate the joy of video gaming)
World Aids Month
Worldwide Food Service Safety Month
Write (to) a Friend Month

Observances this Week

Human Rights Week , December 10th - December 17th
Christmas Bird Count Week, December 14th through February 5th 

Gluten-free Baking Week, Full Week Before Christmas
Las Posadas, December 16th through December 24th (Spain, Mexico, Guatamala, Southern USA)
Saturnalia, (Ancient Rome) December 17th - 23rd

Halcyon Days, 7 days before and 7 days after the Winter Solstice

Historical Events on December 17th


Born on December 17th


Died on December 17th


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