December 2023 Observances for Your

Senior Activity Calendar

Find interesting and unique observances and holidays for you to use as inspiration for your senior activity program.

Fun Observances and Holidays for December
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December 2023 Monthly Observances

  • Bingo’s Birthday Month
  • National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
  • National Stress-Free Family Holiday’s Month
  • National Tie Month
  • National Write a Business Plan Month
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  • Spiritual Literacy Month
  • Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

December 2023 Weekly Observances

  • National Cookie Cutter Week (December 1-7)
  • Clerc-Gallaudet Week, honoring the two men who pioneered deaf education in America (December 3-9)
  • Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (December 4-8)

December 2023 Daily Observances

December 1

  • Antarctica Day
  • Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day, a day focusing on using bifocals at the computer screen to reduce blurriness
  • Day Without Art, international day of awareness for artists living with AIDS
  • First day of the Meteorological Winter
  • National Eat a Red Apple Day
  • National Fried Pie Day
  • World Aids Day

December 2

  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • National Fritters Day
  • National Mutt Day (also celebrated on July 31)
  • Special Education Day

December 3

  • Advent Sunday
  • Be a Blessing Day
  • International Day of Persons With Disabilities
  • National Peppermint Latte Day

December 4

  • International Day of Banks
  • National Cookie Day
  • National Dice Day
  • Wildlife Conservation Day

December 5

  • Bathtub Party Day
  • Day of the Ninja
  • International Volunteer Day
  • National Comfort Food Day
  • World Soil Day
  • World Trick Shot Day

December 6

  • National Gazpacho Day
  • National Miner’s Day
  • National Pawnbrokers Day
  • Saint Nicholas Day
  • Special Kids Day

December 7

  • International Civil Aviation Day
  • National Cotton Candy Day
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 8

  • Hanukkah, Jewish holiday of the Feast of Lights (December 8-15; begins at sundown on December 7)
  • National Brownie Day
  • National Lard Day
  • National Salesperson’s Day
  • Official Lost and Found Day

December 9

  • Army-Navy football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • International Anti-Corruption Day
  • International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of This Crime
  • National Llama Day
  • National Pastry Day

December 10

  • Human Rights Day
  • National Lager Day
  • Nobel Prize Awards Ceremonies in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden

December 11

  • International Mountain Day
  • Kaleidoscope Day

December 12

  • Gingerbread House Day
  • International Day of Neutrality
  • International Universal Health Coverage Day
  • National Ambrosia Day
  • National Poinsettia Day

December 13

  • National Cocoa Day
  • National Day of the Horse
  • National Popcorn String Day
  • Violin Day

December 14

  • National Biscuits and Gravy Day

December 15

  • Bill of Rights Day
  • Cat Herders Day, recognizes those who take on seemingly impossible tasks like herding cats
  • National Gingerbread Latte Day
  • National Lemon Cupcake Day
  • National Ugly Sweater Day
  • Underdog Day

December 16

  • Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
  • Chocolate Covered Anything Day
  • National Wreaths Across America Day

December 17

  • National Maple Syrup Day
  • Wright Brothers Day

December 18

  • Arabic Language Day
  • International Migrants Day

December 19

  • National Hard Candy Day

December 20

  • International Human Solidarity Day
  • Last Day of Autumn
  • National Sangria Day

December 21

  • Anne and Samantha Day, honoring the memories and contributions of Anne Frank and Samantha Smith (also celebrated on June 21)
  • “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day
  • Crossword Puzzle Day
  • First Day of Winter
  • Humbug Day

December 22

  • Be a Lover of Silence Day
  • Forefathers’ Day
  • National Cookie Exchange Day
  • National Date Nut Bread Day

December 23

  • National Pfeffernüsse Day, recognizing the tiny spice cookies

December 24

  • Christmas Eve
  • National Eggnog Day

December 25

  • Christmas Day
  • National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 26

  • Boxing Day (Canada and Great Britain)
  • Full Cold Moon, so-called by Native Americans because of the long nights at this time of the year
  • Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration of African heritage in African-American culture (December 26 – January 1, 2023)
  • National Candy Cane Day
  • National Thank You Note Day
  • National Whiner’s Day, a day to recognize those who like to whine and complain
  • Second Day of Christmas

December 27

  • International Day of Epidemic Preparedness
  • National Fruitcake Day
  • Third Day of Christmas

December 28

  • Fourth Day of Christmas
  • National Chocolate Candy Day
  • Pledge of Allegiance Day

December 29

  • Fifth Day of Christmas
  • No Interruptions Day
  • Tick Tock Day, a day to focus on completing unfinished business before the year ends

December 30

  • National Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) Day
  • Sixth Day of Christmas

December 31

  • Make Up Your Mind Day
  • National Champagne Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Seventh Day of Christmas
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