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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Daily Holidays: December's Quirky National Observance Days to Celebrate

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 8:06 AM

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From chocolate-covered-everything to the Nobel Peace Prize, there is an obscure holiday to celebrate every day this month; and in honor of these diverse, festive days, SF Weekly has highlighted 10 December holidays that warrant public observance because of their odd-ball and/or original nature. Here are our picks (we swear these aren't made up):

December 2: The Anniversary of the First Text Message.  

SMS was born on this date in 1992. The first message, sent to a Vodafone engineer, was "Merry Christmas." 

December 4: Wear Brown Shoes Day

Just please not with black clothing. Don't commit this horrendous fashion faux pas.

December 5: Repeal Day

Today marks the day of the passage of the 21st Amendment, which ended Prohibition. We'll drink to this!

December 7: Pearl Harbor Day

"A date that will live in infamy." A day that deserves a moment of pause for reflection.

December 8: Take it in the Ear Day

We don't know what this is supposed to celebrate but whatever you do, just play it by ear?

December 10: Nobel Prize Day

Mother Theresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with India's poorest of the poor. - NOBEL PRIZE FOUNDATION ARCHIVES
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  • Mother Theresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with India's poorest of the poor.

Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel may have died on this day in 1896, but his namesake continues to be honored through the world’s most prestigious award. In honor of his life, the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held every year on the day of his death. Notable winners include Mother Theresa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and even President Barack Obama. 

December 16: National Cover Anything With Chocolate Day

Hmmm. Tasty. We want some of this sweet touch of love: 

December 21: Humbug Day

What a Charles Dickens holiday! Bahhh Humbug!

December 27: Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

Because no matter how much all of us wish and pray, it probably won't snow in San Francisco this season. This will just have to suffice. 

December 31: Make Up Your Mind Day

You really should because you don't want to start off the new year by being indecisive. Do you?

Happy Celebrating!
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Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda is a cultural correspondent with a concentration in tourism, literature, and lifestyle and has been writing for SF Weekly since 2013. As an avid traveler, he enjoys discovering destinations abroad as well as the never-ending hidden gems of San Francisco. #DondeAndaJuanDeAnda?


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