Special Days and Observances in December

Plan activities beyond the usual holidays for December

December Calendar
December Calendar. Image credit: richcat / 123RF Stock Photo

The month of December has more to offer than holiday preparations, and it is good to shift your child's attention to a variety of topics. Special days and observances can be a way to explore a variety of subjects, including awareness of health conditions, safety issues, and ways to promote a healthy lifestyle. You may find materials and events provided by your community centers, health centers, and schools for some of these observances.

In other cases, you can put the date on your calendar and think of activities you can do with your child centered around them. You can both learn more together and have family fun.

Month-Long Observances

  • Write a Friend Month
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month: The American Academy of Ophthalmology doesn't want anybody to shoot an eye out.
  • Stress-Free Family Holidays Month
  • Read a New Book Month
  • Learn a Foreign Language Month
  • Sign Up for Summer Camp Month
  • Art and Architecture Month
  • AIDS Awareness Month
  • National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

Week-Long Observances

  • Hanukka (changes yearly)
  • Human Rights Week (second work week)
  • Thank a Soldier Week (week before or including Christmas)
  • Kwanzaa December 26–January 1

Special Days and Holidays

The dates listed are examples only. Some of these observances are done on the same day every year, while others vary. Check your calendar to see which day they are observed this year.

First Week

  • December 1 Rosa Parks Day
  • December 1 World AIDS Day
  • December 2 Special Education Day
  • December 3 Make a Gift Day
  • December 4 Santa's List Day
  • December 4 Cookie Day
  • December 6 Give a Secret Gift Day
  • December 7 Pearl Harbor Day
  • December 7 Letter Writing Day

Second Week

  • December 8 Winter Flowers Day
  • December 8 Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
  • December 9 Homemade Gift Day
  • December 10 Human Rights Day
  • December 10 Nobel Prize Day
  • December 10 Day of the Horse (always second Saturday)
  • December 11 World Choral Day (always second Sunday)
  • December 13 Violin Day
  • December 14 Deck the Halls Day

Third Week

  • December 15 Bill of Rights Day
  • December 16 Boston Tea Party
  • December 17 Wright Brothers' First Flight Anniversary
  • December 19 Build a Snowman Day
  • December 20 Go Caroling Day
  • December 20 Games Day
  • December 21 Forefathers Day
  • December 21 Look on the Bright Side Day
  • December 21 (approximate) Winter Solstice, which is also National Flashlight Day

Last Week

  • December 23 Festivus
  • December 23 Roots Day
  • December 25 Christmas Day
  • December 26 National Whiners Day
  • December 28 National Card Playing Day
  • December 30 Take a Walk Day
  • December 31 New Year's Eve