This is a continuum from previous articles. If you want to see the December holidays for week 1 and week 2, visit here and here (respectively).
15. Bill of Rights Day: The first 10 United States Constitution’s amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. In 1789, James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights, but they came in effect in 1791. Hurray to freedom of speech and the right to bear arms.
National Lemon Cupcake Day: December is the ultimate baking and eating holiday month. Everyone knows about strawberries, chocolates, and caramels, but lemon is not properly recognized in holiday baking. Remember lemon desserts on December 15th and add a little more flavor to the normal baked goods variety.
16. National Chocolate Covered Anything Day: Here’s a day where you can guilt- free eat all kinds of chocolate yummies. It’s no wonder why people worry about consuming extra calories during December.
National Re-gifting Day: It’s the green way to go, and it saves on holiday expenses – don’t feel guilty. It’s estimated that over half of Americans have re-gifted in the past, so you will not be the only one doing it.
17. Maple Syrup Day: Monte Cristo anyone? Native Americans were the first to collect and use the sugar sap from red, black, and sugar maple trees. This was later adopted by European settlers. Boiled down maple tree sap is known as Maple syrup. Instead of using artificially flavored corn syrup, grab the maple syrup instead.
18. Bake Cookies Day: Cookies are so important during the month of December that we’ve created two cookie days. The 4th is simply “Cookie Day”. The 18th is “Bake Cookies Day”.
Roast Suckling Pig Day: I’m going to admit I probably won’t be roasting a suckling pig today. Well, I probably won’t be roasting one is a long time, but I’ll try to remember to think about the Germany’s roasted spanferkel and Spain’s lechón.
19. Oatmeal Muffin Day: We’re back to another food observance, but at least with oatmeal muffins we can take into consideration the benefits that oats provide – we can use this day to our advantage and try to lower our rising-just-because-of-this-month cholesterol. IDid you know, in Scotland (where oatmeal holds a long history), they commonly cook their oatmeal by soaking it overnight in salted water, then quickly cooking it in the morning.
20. Go Caroling Day: If you plan to go caroling this December, the 20th is the day to do it. The first carols were actually pagan songs sung in Europe many, many years ago. They were sung during Winter Solstice celebrations. Christians started practicing their own versions of December caroling, but instead of winter solstice celebrations, the carols were sung for the birth of Christ.
21. National Flashlight Day: The 21st is the winter solstice – this is the shortest and darkest day of the year. National Flashlight Day is a slight response to the solstice, so grab a flashlight to avoid being left in the dark.
Look on the Bright side Day: Just think – the days will now be growing longer and lighter!