December 2018

Each month our library displays a list of “national” events which occur during the month. This list includes monthly recognitions, weekly celebrations, wacky and crazy daily celebrations, as well as the birthdays of famous people and authors/illustrators. For our display, I also include the birthdays of our students and faculty.

Feel free to adapt the list below to meet your needs. If you want to look at other lists, I have used Holiday Insights and National Day Calendar as well as calendars I receive from publishers.

It is always fun to plan special events around some of the crazy/wacky days. I’d love to hear how you celebrate some of these days. Like this post and comment below.

Here is my list for December 2018

Monthly and Weekly:

Write a Friend Month

National Pear Month

National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

National Cookie Cutter Week (First Week)

National Hand Washing Awareness Week  (First Full Week)

Computer Science Education Week (week of Dec. 3)

Christmas Bird Count Week: December 14-January 5

Gluten-free Baking Week: Week of December 17

Las Posadas: December 16-24

December Daily Holidays and Events:

Eat a Red Apple Day

1 National Pie Day

1 Rosa Parks Day

1 Jan Brett (author) birthday

National Fritters Day

Advent begins

Channukah begins

2 National Mutt Day

2 Special Education Day

2 David Macaulay (author) birthday

National Roof over Your Head Day

Santas’ List Day

Wear Brown Shoes Day

4 National Sock Day

4 National Cookie Day

5 Walt Disney’s birthday

St. Nicholas Day

Mitten Tree Day

6 National Microwave Oven Day

6 National Gazpacho Day

Letter Writing Day

National Cotton Candy Day

Pearl Harbor Day

8 Eli Whitney (inventor) birthday

National Brownie Day

8 Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

Christmas Card Day

9 Joan Blos (author) birthday

International Children’s Day – Second Sunday in December

National Pastry Day

10 Human Rights Day

10 Dewey Decimal System Day

10 Nobel Prize Day

10 Emily Dickinson (poet) birthday

11 National App Day

11 National Noodle Ring Day

12 Poinsettia Day

12 National Ding-a-Ling Day

12 Gingerbread House Day

12 Barbara Emberley (author) birthday

13 Ice Cream Day

13 Violin Day

13 National Guard Birthday

13 National Cocoa

14 International Monkey Day

14 Roast Chestnuts Day

15 Bill of Rights Day

15 National Lemon Cupcake Day

15 National Wear Your Pearls Day

15 National Wreaths Across America Day

15 Ann Nolan Clark (author) birthday

16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

16 Quentin Blake (author) birthday

17 National Maple Syrup Day

17 Wright Brothers Day

18 Bake Cookies Day

18 National Roast Suckling Pig Day

18 Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day

19 Look for an Evergreen Day

19 Oatmeal Muffin Day

19 National Hard Candy Day

19 Eve Bunting (author) birthday

20 Go Caroling Day

21 Crossword Puzzle Day

21 Forefather’s Day

21 Humbug Day

21 Look on the Bright Side Day

21 National Flashlight Day

21 Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year

21 National French Fried Shrimp Day

21 National Flashlight Day

21Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day

21 National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

22 National Date Nut Bread Day

22 Jerry Pinkney (author) birthday

23 Avi (author) birthday

23 Roots Day

24 National Chocolate Day

24 National Egg Nog Day

24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas Day

25 National Pumpkin Pie Day

25 A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day

25 Pam Munoz Ryan (author) birthday

26 Boxing Day

26 National Candy Cane Day

26 National Thank-you Note Day

27 Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

27 National Fruitcake Day

27 Ingri D’Aulaire (author) birthday

28 Card Playing Day

28 National Chocolate Candy Day

28 Pledge of Allegiance Day


29 Pepper Pot Day

30 Bacon Day

30  National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

30 Rudyard Kipling (author) birthday

30 Mercer Mayer (author) birthday

31 Make Up Your Mind Day

31 New Year’s Eve

31 Cynthia Leitich Smith (author) birthday

31 Leap Second Time Adjustment Day (Note: This is listed as an observance title only. Some years scientists do not make adjustments. But, if they do, then it’s done on either June 30 or December 31.)




“Power the World with STEAM” 2018 calendar from DK

“Birthday Calendar” 2016 calendar from Perma-bound

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