In addition to December being the month to recognize the beloved pear (National Pear Month), according to the research and marketing department of online greeting company, 123Greetings.com, Christmas is among 10 other national days in December that compliment one of the biggest holidays of the season.
Here’s an overview of these known and unknown days:
December 4 Santa’s List is supposedly the time before Christmas that naughty children have a chance to redeem themselves by doing good deeds or extra chores to get on Santa’s good list.
Two days later, December 6 is St. Nicholas Day, the one time priest, bishop and saint who was known for hanging stockings full of goodies.
December 9 is a good target date to send out holiday greetings, as it happens to be Christmas Card Day. Legend has it that the first commercial greeting card was born in 1843 by innovator, Sir Henry Cole.
Nonetheless, it’s completely acceptable to send a holiday fruit basket with a simple greeting.
Poinsettia Day honors the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who passed away On December 12 1851. As the first diplomatic minister to Mexico, Mr. Roberts also exported Poinsettias which were named after him.
December 15 is National Cover Anything Chocolate Day. There is speculation that National Chocolate Covered Anything Day was the marketing concept of a confectioner or fruit basket company.
And with many people suffering from holiday blues, eating anything covered in chocolate is not only good for the economy, but good for lifting the mood. (Many scientific studies illustrate that the brain produces more serotonin with the ingestion of chocolate).
Look For an Evergreen Day is another alleged date, demarcating a deadline to buy a Christmas tree on December 19.
Other legendary dates surrounding Christmas such as “Go Caroling Day” and “Humbug Day,” fall on December 20 and 21st.
The day before Christmas (December 24) is National Chocolate Day. In observation of the National Chocolate day, it’s completely acceptable to savor chocolate, truffles and the contents of any holiday gift basket.