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Holiday-free Zone

By: BriarCraft, 9:55 PM GMT on November 28, 2012

December can be a depressing month, especially for those of us in the North. Days are shorter and darker. Weather is bad or worse. There is lots of Christmas cheer to be seen around, lots of holiday shopping craziness. It's December and people need some reason to overlook the short, dark days. We want to laugh and smile and be happy despite gloomy weather.

Religious celebrations in December include:
5 - Ashura (Islamic, Muslim)
6 - St. Nicholas Day (International)
8 - Bodhi Day - Buddha's Enlightenment (Buddhist)
8-16 - Hanukkah (Jewish)
12 - Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico)
13 - Santa Lucia Day (Sweden)
16-25 - Las Posadas (Mexico)
25 - Christmas (Christian, Roman Catholic, international)
26 - Boxing Day (Canada, United Kingdom)
26 - Kwanzaa (African-American)

Pagans have the Winter Solstice, which occurs this year on December 21 at 9:12am Pacific Standard Time.

For the last few years, atheists have even gotten into the spirit by demanding (and getting) space to have a display on the capitol grounds in Olympia, Washington, alongside the Christmas tree and nativity scene. One sign they like to post reads:

In this holiday season,
let us remember that
kindness, charity and
goodwill transcend
belief, creed or religion.

Now that's a good sign and I don't think anyone can argue with the sentiment. At least, I hope not.

There are other noteworthy days in December. Here is a partial list of what I found at HolidayInsights.com:
1 Eat a Red Apple Day
2 National Fritters Day
3 National Roof over Your Head Day
4 Wear Brown Shoes Day
5 Bathtub Party Day
5 Repeal Day - The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition
6 Put on your own Shoes Day
7 National Cotton Candy Day - would you like some fairy floss?
8 National Brownie Day
9 National Pastry Day
10 Human Rights Day
11 National Noodle Ring Day
12 National Ding-a-Ling Day

13-15 WUville Ugly Sweater Festival

16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
17 National Maple Syrup Day
18 Bake Cookies Day
19 Oatmeal Muffin Day
20 Go Caroling Day
21 Mayan Calendar Ends - is it the end of Humanity!?
21 Humbug Day
23 Festivus - for the rest of us
27 Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
29 Pepper Pot Day
30 National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
31 Make Up Your Mind Day
31 New Year's Eve

This year, whether or not the world ends on December 21, I'd like to suggest we make our own special brand of December fun here in WUville. Therefore, I (aka Crazy Cat Woman) hereby declare this to be the unofficial gathering place for secular winter fun. Care to join me?

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