The turkey is gone and so is November. Only thirty-one days left in this year and 2021 is history. Everyone is starting to pull out their Christmas decorations. Everything from wreaths on their front doors to the Nativity in their front yard.

The two holidays that are foremost in our minds for December are Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Would you believe the month of December has 223 special days of awareness and observances to celebrate! You couldn’t make all of those parties if you wanted to. So you’ll just have to dig in that ornament box and choose what you want to do. This entire month is the Month of Giving, National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, Worldwide Food Service Safety Month, Spiritual Literacy Month, National Safe Toy and Gift Month, National Write a Business Plan Month, National Tie Month, and Universal Human Rights Month. For the complete celebratory list please visit our penguin friend Garland.

For those who are conscientious about health, today is World AIDS Day, the start of National Handwashing Awareness Week, December 6 is National Influenza Vaccination Week and December 12 is Universal Health Coverage Day. The die-hard Disney fan will be happy that December 6 is also Walt Disney Day. We writers have to pay homage to National Letter Writing Day on December 7 and Dewey Decimal System Day on December 10 that helps find the books we write. All food critics will welcome National Fritters Day December 2, National Cookie Day December 4, Sacher-Torte Day December 5, and National Brownie Day on December 8; just to name a few.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, never forget National Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance, U.S. National Guard Birthday on December 13, National Wreaths Across America Day; December 18, and Pledge of Allegiance Day on December 28. These “Days” are a culmination of lives sacrificed defending our liberties and the basis of those liberties. Freedom isn’t free.

A little December trivia. December used to be the tenth month of the Roman year; getting its name from the word ‘decem’ meaning ten.

As you battle the bad bots while shopping online or fighting the crowds in your favorite stores let us not forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. You cannot have Christmas without Christ whether you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays it is all relative to His name.

Thank You, God, for keeping us from January to December. You are an unchangeable Father. May His grace and happiness never cease in your life. May you be blessed with love in your heart, happiness in your home, peace in your soul, and joy in your life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Happy New Month and best wishes to you all…Blessings and Peace!

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