Yay it’s here! December is here!
I love twinkle lights. I love baking cookies. I love decorating. I love gift wrapping and gift giving. I love Christmas crafts. I love those festive red cups my coffee now comes in. I love snow shoveling. Wait a minute. I do NOT love snow shoveling. But that’s a dilemma I’ll have to work out another time.
Anyway, you get the idea. I can’t wait for this time of year, and am so excited for all of the goodies I have planned for you all this month! Make sure to stay tuned because we’ve got special treats for you all month long. There will be video vlogs of our daily lives, some great holiday DIY projects, recipes, crafts, and more!
But the reason we’re here today is because it’s time for my December holidays & fun days post!
So let’s get on with it shall we?
- December 7: Pearl Harbor Day
- December 12: Poinsettia Day
- December 16: Chanukah lasts 8 days
- December 21: Winter Solstice (The shortest day of the year)
- December 25: Christmas Day
- December 26: Boxing Day
- December 26: Kwanzaa
- December 31: New Year’s Eve
December 4 Santa’s List Day
- Make a list of ways that your children have blessed those around them and give it to them in a special note today to encourage them!
December 5 Bathtub Party Day
- Busy mama: Grab some bubble bath, maybe a candle, and a book, and treat yourself to a bath today!
- For kiddos: Get some fun bubble bath, and maybe even bath tub crayons and let your little ones have an afternoon treat!
December 6 St. Nicholas Day
- Take a little bit of time today to discuss who St. Nicholas really was!
December 6 Mitten Tree Day
- Read The Mitten by Alvin Tesselt
- Draw a tree on green construction paper and cut out. Paste your tree to a blue construction paper. Dot on snowflakes using a Q-tip and white paint. Then have students make unique mittens using construction paper. Glue them on to decorate their tree.
- Classrooms: Have all of your students bring in a pair of mittens and take them to the local donation center to bless those in need.
- Homeschoolers: Collect mittens from friends and family to donate to your local center.
December 7 National Cotton Candy Day
- Head out for a treat of Cotton Candy today. Make sure to brush and floss afterwards!
December 7 Pearl Harbor Day
- Learn about Pearl Harbor by kidzworld.
December 8 National Brownie Day
- Make some homemade Nutella brownies today and share them with friends and neighbors! YUM! (This post is for valentines day, but you can add any holiday themed decorations or just deliver them plain!)
December 9 Christmas Card Day
- It’s time all you procrastinators out there! Get your Christmas cards out today. Here are some of my favorite places to get cards from. Hallmark (They’ll even stamp and mail your cards!), Costco, Shutterfly
- For the kiddos, have them hand make cards for family and friends this year. Supplies: Construction paper, stamps, markers, scissors, glue, glitter, sequins, and any other fun embellishments you have on hand!
December 12 Poinsettia Day
- Poinsettia Day was officially declared by an Act of Congress in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett who was the first Ambassador to Mexico. It now serves as a recognized symbol of Christmas. Fill your kids in on who Joel Roberts Poinsett was, and make a fun poinsettia craft!
December 13 Ice Cream Day
- Head out for an ice cream cone today! Or give the homemade version a try!
December 15 Bill of Rights Day
- Take a moment today to discuss the Bill of Rights with your kiddos!
- Have students pick their favorite Amendment, then create a poster with an illustration and description of that Amendment.
December 16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
- Need I say more?
December 18 Bake Cookies Day
- Check out my recipes page for some great Christmas cookie ideas, or bake one of your own!
December 19 Look for an Evergreen Day
- Even if you don’t like cutting down trees, you can still take a nature walk and see if you can spot the most perfect evergreen! If you don’t live in a region where these beautiful trees exist, pick a tree native to your location and head out to find the best one!
December 20 Go Caroling Day
- Make some hot cocoa, throw on a coat, scarf, hat, and gloves. And head out to go caroling around your neighborhood!
December 20 Mini-Van Express Ticket Day!
- Okay, I just made this one up to see if you were paying attention. But today would be a great day to hand out some Mini-van Express Tickets to your kiddos and go check out all of the festive holiday lights in your area! Don’t know what that is? Click here!
December 21 Forefather’s Day
- Learn a little bit about the U.S. Forefathers today!
December 21 National Flashlight Day
- Take this opportunity to locate your flashlights and make sure they have good batteries so you don’t get caught in the dark! Literally!
- Maybe even throw in a little study on Thomas Edison who invented the first light bulb, and Joshua Lionel Cowen who invented the flashlight.
December 24 National Chocolate Day
- Okay, so I’m going to suggest eating a little chocolate today. Can’t hurt right? Unless you’re allergic. Then don’t eat any.
December 24 National Eggnog Day
- Make some homemade eggnog, or grab a carton from the local grocery store. Enjoy it as an after dinner treat tonight!
December 25 Christmas Day
- Celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus, with friends and family!
- Have a birthday cake and sing happy birthday to Jesus today!
December 25 National Pumpkin Pie Day
- Make a delicious homemade pumpkin pie to bring with you to your holiday gathering today! Yum!
December 26 Boxing Day
- What is Boxing Day? Learn all about it here!
December 27 Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
- Make paper snowflakes and hang them around the house.
- Make edible tortilla snowflake snacks!
December 27 National Fruitcake Day (Seriously, there’s a day dedicated to fruitcake?)
- If you’re into fruitcake, you might want try this homemade fruit cake recipe. Me? I don’t like bits of fruit in my cake.
December 28 Card Playing Day
- With all of the Christmas hubbub coming to a close, today would be a great day for a family game night! Break out the card games, and even board games, and have a family night in!
Looking for more fun Christmas ideas? Check out my posts from previous years here:
- Printable Triangle Advent Ornaments
- Printable Circle Advent Ornaments
- The Jesse Tree
- Homemade Advent Candle Activity
- The ADVENTure of Christmas
- Christmas Around the World Unit Study
- Polar Express Tickets
- Pinterest Holiday Decorating Ideas
- Pinterest Holiday Creations
I hope you enjoy these posts, and stay tuned for some awesome December activities coming your way!