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December 2016 HolidaysTeachers - check out our fun holidays and occasions for December 2016!

Holiday links will bring you to either a thematic unit at Apples4theteacher.com or another website that offers more information about the holiday. Being creative in your teaching makes learning fun.

Some holidays have nothing to do with teaching. We just think they're crazy and fun. That's because we realize our teachers need a life too - so celebrate !

For Apples4theTeacher.com links, you may find the following teacher resources: information about the holiday or occasion, thematic book lists, short stories, poetry, worksheets and other printables, craft ideas, recipes, articles of interest, songs and plays. Holiday kid activities include: interactive coloring pages, jigsaw puzzles, scramblers and interactive games. Use the children's activities to integrate literacy. Coloring pages can be used as story starters or journal pages. Word search games can be used to introduce vocabulary and dictionary skills.

Below you will find events and holidays for December 2016 broken down by day. Weekly and monthly observances can be found toward the bottom of the page.

NOTE: As new thematic units are added on the website, links will be updated.

December 1, 2016 - Thursday

12/01 Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day  Link *
12/01 Civil Air Patrol Day  Link *
12/01 Day With(out) Art Day  Link *
12/01 Rosa Parks Day 1955 Link *
12/01 World Aids Day  Link *

December 2, 2016 - Friday

12/02 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day  Link *
12/02 National Mutt Day  Link *
12/02 Special Education Day  Link *

December 3, 2016 - Saturday

12/03 Illinois Statehood 1818  Link *
12/03 International Day of Disabled Persons  Link *

December 4, 2016 - Sunday

12/04 National Cookie Day  Link *
12/04 National Dice Day  Link *

December 5, 2016 - Monday

12/05 Bathtub Party Day  Link *
12/05 International Ninja Day  Link *
12/05 International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development  Link *
12/05 Martin Van Buren 1782  Link *

December 6, 2016 - Tuesday

12/06 Miners' Day  Link *
12/06 National Pawnbrokers Day  Link *
12/06 St. Nicholas Day  Link *

December 7, 2016 - Wednesday

12/07 Delaware Statehood 1787  Link *
12/07 International Civil Aviation Day  Link *
12/07 National Cotton Candy Day  Link *
12/07 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day  Link *
12/07 Phases of the Moon - First Quarter Link varies

December 8, 2016 - Thursday

12/08 Eli Whitney 1765  Link *

December 9, 2016 - Friday

12/09 International Anti-corruption Day  Link *
12/09 Weary Willie Day  Link *

December 10, 2016 - Saturday

12/10 Dewey Decimal System Day (Melville Dewey 1851) Link *
12/10 Human Rights Day  Link *
12/10 Mississippi Statehood 1817  Link *
12/10 Nobel Prize Day  Link *

December 11, 2016 - Sunday

12/11 Indiana Statehood 1816 Link *
12/11 International Mountain Day  Link *
12/11 UNICEF Birthday  Link *
12/11 World Choral Day  Link 2nd Sunday
12/11 Worldwide Candle Lighting Day (The Compassionate Friends)  Link 2nd Sunday

December 12, 2016 - Monday

12/12 Pennsylvania Statehood 1787  Link *
12/12 Poinsettia Day  Link *

December 13, 2016 - Tuesday

12/13 Day Of The Horse  Link *
12/13 Mary Todd Lincoln 1818  Link *

December 14, 2016 - Wednesday

12/14 Alabama Statehood 1819  Link *
12/14 Monkey Day  Link *
12/14 Phases of the Moon - Full Moon Link varies

December 15, 2016 - Thursday

12/15 Bill of Rights Day  Link *
12/15 Cat Herders Day  Link *
12/15 National Re-gifting Day  Link 3rd Thursday

December 16, 2016 - Friday

12/16 National Chocolate-covered Anything Day  Link *

December 17, 2016 - Saturday

12/17 Wright Brothers Day  Link *

December 18, 2016 - Sunday

12/18 International Migrants Day  Link *
12/18 New Jersey Statehood 1787  Link *

December 19, 2016 - Monday

12/19 National Hard Candy Day Link *

December 20, 2016 - Tuesday

12/20 Games Day Link *
12/20 National Sangria Day Link *
12/20 World Day of Prayer and Action for Children Link *

December 21, 2016 - Wednesday

12/21 Earmuff Day or Chester Greenwood Day 1858 Link *
12/21 Forefathers Day  Link *
12/21 Humbug Day  Link *
12/21 National Homeless Persons' Remembrance Day  Link *
12/21 Phases of the Moon - Last Quarter Link varies
12/21 Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day  Link *
12/21 Winter Solstice Link 12/21 or 12/22
12/21 Yalda  Link *

December 22, 2016 - Thursday

December 23, 2016 - Friday

12/23 Festivus  Link *

December 24, 2016 - Saturday

12/24 Christmas Eve Link *
12/24 Hanukkah or Chanukah (12/24-01/01) Link varies

December 25, 2016 - Sunday

12/25 Christmas Link *
12/25 Isaac Newton 1642 Link *

December 26, 2016 - Monday

12/26 Boxing Day (Canada)  Link *
12/26 Kwanzaa (12/26-01/01) Link *
12/26 National Candy Cane Day  Link *
12/26 National Thank-you Note Day  Link *
12/26 National Whiner's Day  Link *

December 27, 2016 - Tuesday

12/27 National Fruitcake Day Link *
12/27 Visit the Zoo Day Link *

December 28, 2016 - Wednesday

12/28 Iowa Statehood 1846  Link *
12/28 National Chocolate Day  Link *
12/28 Pledge of Allegiance Day  Link *
12/28 Woodrow Wilson 1856  Link *

December 29, 2016 - Thursday

12/29 Andrew Johnson 1808  Link *
12/29 Holy Innocents Day  Link *
12/29 Phases of the Moon - New Moon Link varies
12/29 Texas Statehood 1845  Link *
12/29 Tick Tock Day  Link *

December 30, 2016 - Friday

12/30 Bacon Day  Link *
12/30 Mercer Mayer 1943  Link *
12/30 Rudyard Kipling 1865  Link *

December 31, 2016 - Saturday

12/31 Make Up Your Mind Day  Link *
12/31 New Years Eve Link *
12/31 No Interruptions Day   Link *
12/31 Universal Hour of Peace Day  Link *

* The holiday is celebrated on the same day each year.

Weekly Holidays and Observances

12/01 - 12/07 Clerc-Gallaudet Week Link
12/01 - 12/07 Cookie Cutter Week Link
12/04 - 12/10 Computer Science Education Week Link
12/04 - 12/10 National Handwashing Awareness Week Link
12/04 - 12/10 Recipe Greetings For The Holidays Week
12/05 - 12/09 Cookie Exchange Week
12/05 - 12/09 Older Driver Safety Awareness Week Link
12/10 - 12/17 Human Rights Week
12/14 - 01/05 Christmas Bird Count Week Link
12/14 - 12/28 Halcyon Days Link
12/16 - 12/24 Los Posadas Link
12/17 - 12/23 Saturnalia Link
12/18 - 12/24 Gluten-free Baking Week Link
12/25 - 12/31 It's About Time Week
12/26 - 01/01 Kwanzaa Link

Monthly Holidays and Observances

Bingo's Birthday Month  Link
National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month Link
National Write A Business Plan Month Link
Operation Santa Paws (12/1-12/24) Link
Quince and Watermelon Month Link
Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month Link
Safe Toys and Gifts Month Link
Spiritual Literacy Month Link
Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking (TANYRSS) (12/17 - 2/5) Link
Universal Human Rights Month Link
World Aids Month Link
Worldwide Food Service Safety Month Link
 

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