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Christmas time is here!

Well, friends, we're almost to the end of another year!  December is always a fantastic month here at KU, full of cheer, mirth, and (obviously) all our usual tom-foolery.  Except magnified by the Christmas factor (which is roughly one billion.)  Whether you stopped and got your Christmas cards in mid-November (Good for you!) or will be by to pick them up on  Christmas Eve (Respect.), December at KU is not a spectacle to be missed!  For your scheduled dose of whacky and obscure dates to remember, click READ MORE!

Important Dates in December!

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1-7 - Cookie Cutter Week AND National Handwashing Awareness Week:  Christmas cookies are a big deal in my family.  When we were kids, my parents would make us trays to take to all of our teachers, and some that we had for multiple years would be excited for the all fall semester and make special requests.  One math teacher that I had for both my freshman and senior years of high school asked me on the first day of senior year if we were still doing cookies.  We were and are.  Point being, Washing your hands before you use a cookie cutter is really really important.

1 - Advent Begins:  The beginning of the Western liturgical year, Advent comes from the Latin adventus which means 'coming.'

4 - National Cookie Day AND National Dice Day:  Already talked about cookies.  Big big deal.  Also delicious.  Mmm, cookies.  National Dice Day is all about the game of dice, which until two seconds ago, I did not know was a game in its own right.  Apparently the aim is to get 10,000 points, you play by rolling 5 dice, and you score by rolling threes, fours, and fives of a kind, straights, etc.  Kind of like Yahtzee, but less rule-y and more old-timey.  I'm still confused by that two dice game that people seem to always bet on in movies.  (Like El Dorado and whatnot.)

5 - Bathtub Party Day:  For adult humans, the shower has pretty much cornered the market as far as means of performing ablutions go.  This is understandable, as showers have an alacrity that baths lack, but the makers of Bathtub Party Day think that it's a bit of a shame.  And I must say that I see their point.  Baths are pleasant and relaxing, as well as having a decadence that showers leave to be desired.  Here's the thing about Bathtub Party Day that confuses me, though.  Why would you invite friends (as is suggested) to help and/or watch you bathe?  That's not only awkward (as hell!) but it's also just...gross.  Like, unless you have a giant whirlpool bathtub or something and it's like a Sexy Party a la Stewie Griffin, it's just a bunch of people who are present while you wash yourself.  Thanks but no thanks.

6 - National Salesperson Day:  Now here's a day I can get behind!

7 - National Cotton Candy Day:  Of all the things that deserve their own day, cotton candy may be the most deserving.  Well, probably not really, but I'd call it solidly deserving.  Cotton candy was invented by a dentist (of all people!) in 1897 and was first sold to large audiences at the World's Fair in 1904.  Why we celebrate Cotton Candy Day on December 7th is unclear.

8 - Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day:  Quick story:  When I was in high school, one of my classmates called me 'Future Jesus' because he concocted an elaborate scenario in which I was going to invent a time machine, go back in time and style myself as the Son of Man, and basically invent Christianity.  For the record, I have very limited knowledge of physics and have no plans at this time to invent a time machine or go back in time and impersonate the Savior.

10 - Dewey Decimal System Day:  Oh Dewey.  You crazy cat.  Melvil Dewey had a lot of weird quirks (like changing his name from Melville to Melvil to eliminate redundant letters and advocating use of the Metric system), but he realized at a young age that it was "his destiny" to reform the education of the masses.  And also he invented the Dewey Decimal System in 1876 which is the Library organizing/classification system that is still in use today.  So weird he may have been, but an innovator.

12 - Gingerbread House Day:  Gingerbread is so so so delicious.  Like whoa.  Hey!  So is candy!  Let's put them together!

15 - Cat Herder's Day:  I don't know if you guys have ever tried to herd cats, but it is super difficult as you might imagine.  Because cats are not interested in your crap.  You're all like, 'go this way cats!' and the cats are just like, 'do you know how ridiculous you look?'  It's super ridiculous, btw.

16 - Barbie and Barney Backlash Day AND National Chocolate Covered Anything Day:  Mmmm, chocolate.  That other thing is all about reveling in destroying your child's imagination, so I'm not all about that.  Just sayin'.

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Oh, Edward Gorey. What a character.

18 - Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day:  What's your favorite color?

21 - Crossword Puzzle Day AND Humbug Day AND Winter Solstice AND Yule:  Busiest day of ever!  Crossword puzzle books (and page-a-day calendars) make awesome presents for all your nerdy friends.  I don't feel I need to dignify Humbug day with an explanation, but hey, if that's your cup of tea...  We love the Winter Solstice and Yule around here.  Ask us about Solstice cards and Krampus the Yule Lord!

22 - National Date Nut Bread Day:  I've never had date nut bread, but I understand it's a lot like fruitcake, and you know where that goes.

23 - Festivus:  It's for the rest of us.

24 - Christmas Eve:  'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the store, not an employee was stirring, not even to pour (more champagne!)

25 - Christmas:  Christmas doesn't really need any introduction, but I'll just say that, no matter what your religious position, Christmas is just the perfect time of year for cheer and giving.  Whether you're praising the coming of your Savior or just Santa Claus, remember that a little kindness can go a long way.  :)

26 - Boxing Day AND National Candy Cane Day AND National Thank You Note Day:  Boxing Day is awesome and gifty and shoppingy, so we're huge fan of that.  Um, duh, candy canes.  We have plenty of thank you notes, friends, and they are super important.  Because manners.

31 - New Year's Eve:  Get ready for 2014, friends!  Make sure you have awesome plans and drink plenty of champagne!  Plenty.  Happy New Year from KU!

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Mmmm pepperminty

December Birthdays!

4 - The Dude

6 - Rubeus Hagrid

10 - Emily Dickinson

16 - Jane Austen AND Philip K. Dick

24 - Stephenie Meyer

26 - David Sedaris

30 - Rudyard Kipling

31 - Lord Voldemort

 

 

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