Holidays and Festivals

Christmas Eve * (see below)
Declaration of Christmas Peace (Finland)
* (see below)
Aðfangadagskvöld  (Iceland)
* (see below)
Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italy)
Jul (Denmark)
Nochebuena (Spain and Spanish-speaking countries)

National Egg Nog Day
National Chocolate Day
Christian Feast Day of Adela and Irmina

* Christmas Eve The day when presents are exchanged and opened. Presents are delivered to children by Santa Claus, personified by an adult dressed up as Santa who comes knocking on the door. (Austria, Colombia Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and the Dominican Republic)
* The Declaration of Christmas Peace (Finland) in the Old Great Square of Turku, Finland's official Christmas City
* Aðfangadagskvöld  (Iceland), the day when the 13th and the last Yule Lad arrives to towns. 

Fête de la Soufre   Translation:  Sulphur Day (French Republican) The Fourth day of the Month of Nivôse in the French Republican Calendar

Toast of The Day

"May your corn stand high as yourself,
your fields grow bigger with rain,
and the Marche know its own way home on Christmas night."
- Traditional Irish
- Alternative -
"I know I've wished you this before
But every year I wish it more,
A Merry Christmas."
- Unknown

Drink of The Day

Sugar and Spice Martini
2 oz. Martin Miller's Gin
2 oz. Apple Cider
3/4 oz. Fresh Orange
Splash of Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
Shake with ice. Serve in a Cocktail Glass Rimmed with a mixture of Cinnamon and Superfine Sugar

Wines of The Day

Starmont (2007) Merlot
Style - Merlot
Napa Valley
- Alternative -
Mont Marçal Cava Brut Extremarium
Style - Cava

Beer of The Day

 Rudolf's Bourbon Scotch Ale
Brewer - Rock Bottom Brewery  Cincinnati, OH 
Style - Barrel Aged Scotch Ale

Joke of The Day

 One particular Christmas eve a long time ago, Santa was getting ready for is annual trip, but there were problems everywhere. Four of his elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones so Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule. Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her mom was coming to visit. This stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, heaven knows where. More stress.
Then when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards cracked, and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys. So, frustrated, Santa went into the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum.
When he went to the cupboard, he discovered that the elves had hidden the liquor, and there was nothing to drink. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider pot, and it broke into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found that mice had eaten the straw end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and irritable Santa trudged to the door. He opened the door, and there was a little angel with a great Christmas tree.
The angel said, very cheerfully, “Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t it a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?”
Thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

Quote of The Day

"A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours."
- John B. Priestly

Whisky of The Day

Royal Challenge Finest Premium Whisky
Price: $15

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

Las Posadas, December 16th through December 24th (Spain, Mexico, Guatamala, Southern USA)
Christmas Bird Count Week, December 14th through February 5th 
Holiday Week, Final Week of December
Final Week of December
It's About Time Week,
Final Week of December

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

Historical Events on December 24th


Born on December 24th


Died on December 24th


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