Amy Rees Anderson

Welcome Home, There is Only 23 Days Til Christmas!

It was a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.  We went to visit my husband’s family in Idaho on their family farm.  There is very little as fitting as celebrating Thanksgiving on the farm.  We had amazing food (all homemade of course!), my daughter learned to drive the front loader tractor, and they went shooting clay pigeons.  The kids played on the iced over creek bed and we took rides around the farm in the mule and the 4-wheelers.  Then we ate good food and played card games and speed scrabble.  The kids created a big dominoes maze that covered the living room floor and ended by releasing a birthday balloon in the air that was a signal for all of us to start singing Happy Birthday to my husband’s sister.  We were able to get to see the new Disney movie Frozen which is a definite must see for everyone (cutest movie ever).  And then my own little brother and his wife and their kids were able to drive up from Mountain Home, Idaho where they live to join us for one of our days on the farm.  All in all it was a fabulous holiday full of good food and good memories.

I cannot believe it is already December!!!  Only 23 Days left until Christmas!  But lest you think Christmas is the only exciting holiday this month – think again! The month of December is full of some memorable and wacky celebration days.  Let’s look at a few between now and Christmas Day.  Celebrate each one of these special days with your friends and loved ones sand children.  It is a fun way to entertain everyone while they wait for the big Christmas Day to arrive.

December 1st – Eat a red apple day

December 2nd – National Fritters Day (make sure you eat a yummy fritter this day!)

December 3rd – National Roof over your Head Day (a day to give thanks for all the blessings you have in your life, starting with the roof over your head!)

December 4th – Santa’s List Day! (this is the day Santa goes through to see if you are on his naughty or nice list in preparation for having his elves make your Christmas gifts).

December 5th – Bathtub Party Day (this day is for taking a long, hot, relaxing bubble bath in your bathtub)

December 6th – St. Nicholas Day (this is the day to officially celebrate the Christian Saint Nicholas and the life he lived).  Also this day is Mitten Tree Day (the day for young kids to hang a pair of mittens on a Christmas tree).

December 7th – Letter Writing Day (today is a day to write a hand written letter and send it to someone.  It is a perfect way to let someone know you care).  It also happens to be National Cotton Candy Day today so celebrate by eating Cotton Candy (which used to be called fairy floss by the way).

December 8th – National Brownie Day ( a day to each gooey, chewy, yummy brownies)

December 9th – Christmas Card Day (this day is to honor Sir Henry Cole of England.  He created the first commercial Christmas card in 1843).

December 10th – Human Rights Day (this is a day to give special attention to Human Rights issues affecting people throughout the world.  Give time and money to help with these important issues).

December 11th – National Noodle Ring Day (a day to enjoy yummy noodles – bust out the cans of spaghetti o’s)

December 12th – National Ding-a-Ling Day (this is the day to “ring your bell” but not a metal bell as you may imagine, no this is a day for normal people to act a little crazy, to cut loose, to be silly and wacky)

December 13th  – National Ice Cream Day (okay how fabulous is this!!! A day to celebrate ice cream!  How fabulous! )

December 14th – National Bouillabaisse Day (this is a day to enjoy a cup of soup or a bowl of hot stew).

December 15th – Bill of Rights Day (a day to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in America).  Oh, and today is also National Lemon Cupcake Day so while you are celebrating your freedoms be sure to eat a delicious lemon cupcake.

December 16th – National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (today is the day to cover everything and anything in chocolate.  This is going to be my mother’s favorite day of the month!  She is a true chocolate lover.)

December 17th – National Maple Syrup Day (whip up some pancakes and cover them in maple syrup)

December 18th – Bake Cookies Day (which fits perfectly with the need to make cute decorated Christmas cookies to take to friends and neighbors)

December 19th – Today is Look for an Evergreen Day and Oatmeal Muffin Day (so go find a Christmas tree and then celebrate your perfect tree with a little oatmeal muffin)

December 20th – Go Caroling Day (put on your warm coat and gloves and go out and sing carols to every house that will open their door for you).

December 21st – Look on the Bright Side Day (this is a day to be optimistic and to look for the bright side of every situation.  It is also the shortest day of the year, winter solstice.  Ironically today is also Humbug Day (a day for grumpy people to complain about the holidays).  So I suppose today we will find out who the positive happy people are and who the grumpy negative people are.

December 22nd – National Date Nut Bread Day (shoot…..a day to celebrate fruit cake…ouch…I can’t stand fruit cake….but for those who like it today is your day to celebrate)

December 23rd – Roots Day (today is a day to celebrate your roots, your ancestors, where you came from.  It is a day to look back and learn about your family tree by doing genealogy and reading family histories.  If you need a good website to do research on your family history try going to )

December 24th – Christmas Eve and National Egg Nog Day.  (this day speaks for itself, have a big eve celebration with lots of egg nog!)

December 25th – CHRISTMAS!

So you see, there are 25 days of fun things to celebrate this month.  May we all head into this month with the spirit of charity and love and kindness in our hearts.  May we all let go of past hurts, mend broken relationships, express our love to all, and truly celebrate each day of this month.



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