This is a continuum from previous articles. If you want to see the December holidays for week 1, visit here.
8. National Brownie Day: We’ve gone from an apple day, to a fritters day, to a cookies day, to a cotton candy day, and now to a brownie day! December is just chock-full of food days, and I’d have to say that brownies are one of the best. The exact origin of brownies is unknown, but a favorite theory is that a housewife forgot to add baking soda to her chocolate cake. When her unrisen cake came out of the oven, she cut and served the pieces instead of tossing the whole thing.
9. International Anti-Corruption Day: Corruption can occur and fest away anywhere. So the U.N. created this observance to raise awareness and fight against it. On December 9th, people will listen to musicals, plays, and speeches surrounding the issues around corruption.
Weary Willie Day: This is the birthday of Weary Willie’s performer, Emmett Kelly. He was born on December 9th, 1898 in Kansas. He became a circus performer and created the sad-face clown character, Weary Willie. On this day, remember Weary Willie and the entertainment he provided.
10. Nobel Prize Day: December 10th is the day that Nobel winners receive their Nobel Prizes. The winners are men and women who have displayed great achievements in world peace, literature, chemistry, medicine, and physics. The current president, Barack Obama, won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, which created a slight controversy.
11. International Mountain Day: Mountains play a huge role in food and water supply. The year 2002 was International Year of Mountains, but as the end of the year drew closer, the UN General Assembly decided to create an annual observance for mountains.
Day of the Horse: This is a day to remember how horses were, and continue to be, such a big part of the world’s economy. Keep in mind the fact that horses have been a part of our history and our nation’s character for many, many years.
12. Worldwide Candle Lighting Day: For several years, on the second Sunday of December, The Compassionate Friends (TCF) holds a ceremony to honor all the children that have left us too early. The ceremony is the Worldwide Candle Lighting that takes place at 7 p.m for one hour in every time zone. This process creates a 24 hour wave-like memorial – when one time zone completes their hour, the next starts.
Poinsettia Day: In 1828, Joel Roberts Poinsett sent a plant clipping he had just discovered from Mexico to South Carolina. This plant, which is botanically known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima, is the Poinsettia. December 12th is the date that Joel Roberts Poinsett died, but the reason the observance was created was to honor the man who founded the Poinsettia industry – Paul Ecke Jr.
13. Violin Day: A person who plays a violin is called a violinist. A person who repairs or makes violins is called a luthier. If you either of those or you like violin music, today’s the day to honor the violin – play, create, or listen away!
14. Monkey Day: If you really want to honor all the monkeys out there, a costume party would be the perfect way to do that. This observance is to help draw attention to monkey research and information. Did you know- there are 96 species of Old World monkeys and 81 species of New World monkeys. That’s a lot of monkeys!