♫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?