But for food-loving souls, there are also lots of fun little holidays to celebrate throughout the month. And there are non-food reasons to celebrate, too!
Here is a list of some of our favorite December holidays.
First, the entire month of December is celebrated as National Fruit Cake Month as well as National Egg Nog Month.
The whole first week is National Cookie Cutter Week and the second week of December is Lager Beer Week (yum).
And while our children’s grandparents insist that it should be every day, we celebrate International Children’s Day on the second Sunday of December (Dec. 8 in 2013).
Sprinkled throughout the month are lots of one-day food celebrations, many of which make sense in the context of the traditional treats we enjoy during December:
December 1: International AIDS Awareness Day; also National Pie Day
December 1: Eat a Red Apple Day
December 2: National Fritters Day
December 3: National Apple Pie Day
December 4: National Cookie Day (huge list of cookie/bar recipes here)
December 5: Repeal (of Prohibition) Day (80th Anniversary in 2013!); also National Sacher Torte Day
December 6: National Gazpacho Day; also Microwave Oven Day; also St. Nicholas Day (story about this over on our blog)
December 7: National Cotton Candy Day
December 8: National Chocolate Brownie Day; Bodhi Day (no, not that Bodhi, ha) or Day of Enlightenment
December 9: National Pastry Day
December 10: National Lager Day
December 11: National Noodle Ring Day
December 12: National Cocoa Day; also Poinsettia Day; also Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day
December 13: Ice Cream Day; Violins Day; St. Lucy Day
December 14: National Bouillabaisse Day
December 15: National Cupcake Day
December 16: National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
December 17: National Maple Syrup Day
December 18: National Roast Suckling Pig Day; Bake Cookies Day
December 19: National Hard Candy Day; National Oatmeal Muffin Day
December 20: National Fried Shrimp Day; also National Sangria Day; also Go Caroling Day
December 21: Winter Solstice; also National Hamburger Day; also Kiwi Fruit Day in California; also Humbug Day
December 22: National Date Nut Bread Day
December 23: National Pfeffernuesse Day; also Festivus
December 24: National Egg Nog Day; also National Chocolate Day
December 25: Christmas Day; also National Pumpkin Pie Day
December 26: National Candy Cane Day; Kwanzaa begins today; also Boxing Day; also the Feast of St. Stephen (of Good King Wenceslas fame, when the snow lay round about/deep and crisp and even).
December 27: National Fruit Cake Day
December 28: National Chocolate Candy Day
December 29: Pepper Pot Day
December 30: National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day (Baking Soda)
December 31: New Year’s Eve; also (apparently) Make Up Your Mind Day; also National Champagne Day