♫While the mer­ry bells keep ringing/May your every wish come true♫ It’s our absolute FAVORITE time of year: the hol­i­day freak­ing sea­son! We’ve got so many things to cel­e­brate this mon­th, besides the usu­al faves, like Christ­mas, Hanukkah, and Kwan­zaa. Read on to find out what’s get­ting our spir­its even high­er this mon­th!


This week, we’ve got a lot of good­ies for you. Lord of the Rings After Dark at the Carnegie Muse­um of Nat­u­ral His­to­ry is on Decem­ber 2, and we seri­ous­ly can’t imag­ine a much cool­er way to spend a Fri­day evening. Hug it out on Let’s Hug Day (Decem­ber  3) and bake up a storm for Nation­al Cook­ie Day (Decem­ber 4). Decem­ber 5 is a busy one with Kram­pus­nachtInter­na­tion­al Nin­ja Day, and Bath­tub Par­ty Day all falling on the same day. Join us on Decem­ber 7 for the Shadyside Starlight Stroll, and make sure to write a let­ter to a cer­tain man with a bag for Nation­al Let­ter Writ­ing Day (also Decem­ber 7).

Birth­days: The Dude (Decem­ber 4), and Hagrid (Decem­ber 6).


On Pre­tend To Be A Time Trav­el­er Day and Nation­al Christ­mas Tree Day (Decem­ber 8) it only seems fit­ting to dress In your most space age getup and go Christ­mas tree shop­ping. Bonus points if you can show up in a space­ship. Christ­mas Card Day (Decem­ber 9) means get­ting your sh*t togeth­er and send­ing out those Christ­mas cards! We have about one zil­lion Christ­mas cards to choose from if you are like, OMG where do I begin? Cel­e­brate the old school on Dewey Dec­i­mal Sys­tem Day (Decem­ber 10). After that, it’s Hol­i­day Food Dri­ve for Needy Ani­mals Day (Decem­ber 11). Take some cans of pet food to your favorite local shel­ter! Can­cel all of your plans for the next three days because you’ve got a nose to be nipped, hous­es to build, and cocoa to imbibe: Jack Frost Day (Decem­ber 11), Gin­ger­bread House Day (Decem­ber 12), and Nation­al Cocoa Day (Decem­ber 13) make for the most fes­tive con­sec­u­tive non-hol­i­day days this mon­th (say that ten times fast).


This week has some of the best days for you to cel­e­brate. First up is Inter­na­tion­al Tea Day (Decem­ber 15). Spot of tea, any­body? You can brew a cup while you attempt to herd some cats, because it’s also Cat Herders Day. Your tea is get­ting cold. You should prob­a­bly just leave the cats alone now. Decem­ber 16 is Nation­al Ugly Christ­mas Sweater Day and the Polar Express Sleep­over at the Carnegie Sci­ence Cen­ter. This event is for kids but we’re not entire­ly sure why. The 18th is a big day for us: it’s Answer The Tele­phone Like Bud­dy The Elf Day, Nation­al Ham Sal­ad DayNation­al “I Love Hon­ey” Day, and Nation­al Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day. (We rec­om­mend start­ing with the plunger.) On the 19th, ser­e­nade your neigh­bors because it’s Christ­mas Car­ol Day!

Birth­days: Jane Austen and Philip K. Dick (Decem­ber 16).


On Decem­ber 21, it’s Win­ter Sol­stice. It’s the least sun­shiney daaaaaaay of the year­rrrrr! Mov­ing right along, Decem­ber 22 is Nation­al Date Nut Bread Day, fol­lowed by Fes­tivus on the 23. Let the air­ing of the griev­ances begin! Decem­ber 24 marks Egg Nog Day and Hanukkah! You’re either in or your out with egg nog, there is no in between. PICK A SIDE. Decem­ber 25 is Christ­mas (don’t for­get to hang up your sock!), and Decem­ber 26 is so many things we can’t even: it’s Nation­al Can­dy Cane Day (make yours pointy and lov­ing­ly threat­en your sib­lings), Nation­al Thank-you Note Day (thank you for the reminder that my clock is tick­ing, Aunt Bethany), Box­ing Day (for your house staff, of course), and Kwan­zaa. On Decem­ber 27, it’s Nation­al Fruit­cake Day. Time to eat that fruit­cake you’ve been avoid­ing like the plague. Suck it up! Bacon Day is Decem­ber 30, which means Bacon for every meal! Final­ly, Decem­ber 31 is New Year’s EveNation­al Cham­pag­ne Day, and First Night dah­n­tahn. 

Birth­days: David Sedaris (Decem­ber 26), Rud­yard Kipling (Decem­ber 30), and Volde­mort (Decem­ber 31).

So, what do you think?