We all know the common holidays for December – Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and Boxing Day. However, there are many more special days than that according to my search on “the Google”. Here are a few!
National Fruitcake Day – December 27 On National Fruitcake Day, those with a sweet tooth can celebrate by eating a slice or two. Otherwise, we suggest you use this day to give your fruitcake to someone….anyone.
Pepper Pot Day – December 29 According to the legend, during the Revolutionary war, the Continental army was camped at Valley Forge. The winter was cold and harsh. Conditions were deplorable. Food was often scarce. George Washington asked his army’s chef to prepare a meal for the army that would both warm them, and boost their moral. The chef found scraps of tripe, small bits of meat and some peppercorn. He mixed this in with some other ingredients, and created Pepper Pot soup, also known as “Philadelphia Pepper Pot soup”. The hot, and somewhat spicy soup, was well received by the troops. It was called “the soup that won the war”. Celebrate Pepper Pot Day by making some Pepper Pot soup for the family. (Note: while tripe was a main ingredient of this soup, you can substitute with chicken or beef. )
Make Cut Out Snowflake Day – December 27 Here’s a day to show your crafty skills, as you make paper snowflakes. Making cut out snowflakes is a great project for kids. However, you don’t have to be a kid, to have fun making paper snowflakes. It’s a skill that is practiced by many people. They say no two snowflakes are alike. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, that there are seemingly countless different snowflake designs. Templates abound, from fast and easy patterns, to intricate time consuming designs to challenge the most practiced “snowflaker”. So, if you like snow…bring it on! (We are mildly surprised as to the selection of December 27 to celebrate this day. Making paper snowflakes is a very popular school craft project. On December 27, all school children are out on Christmas holiday.)
My favorite unusual December Holiday…
A Day to Air All Grievances – December 23 Then of course, there’s always Festivus for the rest of us. Invented by fictional Seinfeld character Frank Costanza, this secular holiday that involves gathering around an aluminum pole and airing out your grievances and feats of strength has continued to gain a following since its introduction in 1997. If you haven’t seen the episode, there’s an entire website that spells out how to celebrate Festivus from start to finish. (Note: It wasn’t technically invented by Frank Costanza. As reader Mike points out, it was the creation of Seinfeld writer Dan O’Keefe’s father. )
So, while you are enjoying the Holiday Season, don’t forget these celebrations.
From all of us at Tonner Doll Company, to all of you, HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON!!