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  • Writer's pictureCathy Hertler

Your Guide To December

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Hanukkah Begins

An eight-day celebration also known as the Festival of Lights that includes lighting a menorah and exchanging small gifts.

Pearl Harbor Day

A day of remembrance honoring the lives that were lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Nobel Prize Day

These awards commemorate outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and the promotion of peace.

Winter Solstice

The first day of winter and the shortest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere.


An offbeat holiday dedicated to the airing of grievances and demonstrating feats of strength. Don’t forget your aluminum pole!


“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Kwanzaa Begins

Spanning seven days, this African-American and pan-African holiday is a celebration of family, community, and culture.

New Year’s Eve

Farewell 2018; hello 2019!

We’re all familiar with the Santa Claus-costumed volunteers that collect donations in front of stores for the Salvation Army, but did you know that practice has been going on since the 1890s?

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month: a reminder to shop smart and choose safe, age-appropriate toys to prevent injuries to the little ones in your life.

The first New York City ball drop took place in Times Square in 1907. An estimated 2 million people crowded the five square blocks on New Year’s Eve 2017.

Looking for ways to give back this year? 

Here are a few ideas you can use to spread some cheer this season:  

Build a Home: Volunteer with your local Habitat for Humanity® and spend a day building or repairing homes for families in need.

Spread Joy: Contribute to Toys for Tots® and bring the joy of the holidays to children who are less fortunate. Hosting a holiday party? Ask guests to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate.

Share a Meal: Donate non-perishable food items such as canned goods and dry pantry staples to your local food bank to ensure every tummy is filled this holiday. 

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