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December holi-daze

By Jim Bucher
We all know the big December holidays, right? The biggies: Christmas and New Year’s Eve, of course. (Well, the spotlight is sort of split with New Year’s Day.)

But how about some not so popular or less celebrated holidays – like themed or special wacky days? Maybe you’ve never heard of them.

To tell you the truth, neither had I.

Folks, you can’t make this stuff up.

For instance, you just missed Dec. 1, which was Eat a Red Apple Day. That one really discriminates against green apples, don’t you think?

Dec. 2 is National Fritters Day, which is followed on the 3rd by National Roof Over Your Head Day.

The 4th brings Santa’s List Day. With only 21 days until Christmas, Santa needs time, kids.

Also, it’s Wear Brown Shoes Day. Guys, especially, include a brown belt, will you?

Dec. 5 is both Bathtub Party Day and, simultaneously, Repeal Day – this was when the 21st Amendment ended Prohibition. Heck, I’ll drink to that!

The 6th is Put on Your Own Shoes Day … Isn’t that every day?

For those of you that still do this sort of thing, Dec. 9 is Christmas Card Day, sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service! Oh, snail mail.

This is one of my favorites: Dec. 11 is National Ding-a-Ling Day. (Insert joke here.)

The 13th is lucky for all of us because it’s Ice Cream Day. It’s also Violin Day.

Dec. 14 is International Children’s Day and National Bouillabaisse Day.

For those who don’t know, Bouillabaisse is a traditional Provençal fish stew that originated from Marseille, France. According to Wikipedia, “The French and English form, bouillabaisse, comes from the Provençal Occitan word bolhabaissa, a compound that consists of the two verbs bolhir (to boil) and abaissar (to reduce heat, i.e., simmer).”

So there you have it.

Bill of Rights Day is on the 15th, along with National Lemon Cupcake Day. (Yummy!)

Probably one we all agree is not silly or in any way wacky falls on Dec. 16: National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day. I think we should petition for this to be every day. Just sayin’.

National Maple Syrup Day is the 17th, followed on the 18th by Bake Cookies Day. (Again, this should be mandatory every day!)

There seem to be a lot of food-themed days here, but the 18th brings us National Roast Suckling Pig Day. (This one is too easy for a joke, but the thoughts in my mind right now … )

As if this hasn’t already, now it’s becoming silly, with Look for an Evergreen Day on the 19th of December. OK, I’m looking and there’s an evergreen right across the street. Woo-hoo! My day is complete.

Oatmeal Muffin Day also falls on the 19th. Go Caroling Day is on the 20th, so fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la all the way to Forefathers’ Day on the 21st. So thanks George, Thomas and Ben!

Ebenezer Scrooge would be thrilled, on December 21, with Humbug Day.

And, believe it or not, that same 24-hour period includes National Flashlight Day, during which you can use the flashlight to find Look on the Bright Side Day, which, by the way, is also on the 21st.

Dec. 22 and Sept. 8 are both National Date-Nut Bread Day. Wait, it’s celebrated twice? I call for an investigation.

Remember Seinfeld, the long-running NBC comedy now in perpetual reruns?

Jerry, George, Emily and Kramer made the list on Dec. 23 with Festivus, which is for the “rest of us.” What a classic.

Christmas Eve not only brings Christmas Eve, but National Chocolate Day, which I believe is in cahoots with National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day. (See December 16.) It’s a conspiracy.

Moreover, on the 24th is the Dayton City Paper’s FAVORITE holiday in December, National Eggnog Day.

If I’m not mistaken, this is a paid holiday. Am I correct in that assumption, Publisher Paul Noah?

The 25th? Well, you know what that is, but National Pumpkin Pie Day is celebrated on that day, too!

Now the day after brings Boxing Day, followed on the 27th by Make Cut-out Snowflakes Day and National Fruitcake Day. Please no snide remarks, if you will.

Dec. 28 is National Card Playing Day, which precedes Pepper Pot Day.

The 30th is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, which should be moved to the day after Christmas … or the end of January when you receive holiday bills.

This day was debated over and over on what would be best, but the calendar committee finally decided Dec. 31st is Make Up Your Mind Day. But that could change.

What I know for sure is I’ll see you next week. I’ve made up my mind!



A regionally known and loved local television icon for over 25 years, “Buch’s” followers describe him as trust-worthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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