10 Special (and Some Just Silly!) December Holidays and Events

By Kara Murphy, publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie November 26, 2018

December is known for Christmas, of course. But there's a lot of other holidays happening this month too --- some of which you've heard of, and some which are likely new to you.

So we've rounded up some special (and some just silly!) holidays and events that your family will want to celebrate this month: 

1. Rosa Parks Day

Recognized by only a few states, this holiday is marked on the day Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Ala. bus. That single act of defiance became a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement. Dec. 1.

2. Hanukkah

The eight-day Jewish celebration, often called the Festival of Lights, is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games, and gifts. Sunset Dec. 2 through nightfall Dec. 10.

5. Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Get creative with your family today by finding different foods to try dipped in chocolate. I mean, everyone has had chocolate covered strawberries. But chocolate covered bacon? Sure, I'll try it once! Your kids are sure to love Frozen Chocolate-Covered Banana Bites! Dec. 16.

6. Winter Solstice

Need to explain the winter solstice to your kiddos? This is the day when the Northern Hemisphere has tilted the furthest away from the sun that it will go. In 2018 the winter solstice falls at exactly 5:23 p.m. EST. Dec. 21.

7. Festivus

This "holiday" became popular after a 1997 episode of Seinfeld. It is marked with a Festivus pole and the  "Airing of Grievances," during which you tell everyone how they've disappointed you. Hold your own Festivus -- but only if your family has a good sense of humor. Dec. 23.

8. Christmas Day

It's the Big Day. What else is there to say? Dec. 25.

9. Kwanzaa

This annual celebration was started in the U.S. as a way to honor African heritage in African-American culture. Kwanzaa has seven core principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2019.

10. New Year's Eve

Happy New Year! Have littles who won't be able to stay up until midnight? Celebrate with your own Noon Year's Eve celebration -- they don't need to know it's a few hours early! Dec. 31.