More Reasons to Celebrate in December
December 5, 2013

More Reasons To Celebrate In December

Recently, I wrote about some of the fun and silly holidays and celebrations that December has to offer in addition to the traditional ones we think of. But December hosts holidays and celebrations that are also more serious in nature. Sure, Eat a Red Apple Day is great, but December has other holidays for a more serious time. Let’s take a look at some of those.

December 1 – World AIDS Awareness Day

In 1988, the United Nations World Health Organization created World AIDS Awareness Day in order to promote education and support of HIV and AIDS awareness as Holiday Insights explains. Accordingly, Holiday Insights lists several things to do to celebrate this day and promote awareness of a very devastating medical crisis:

  • Learn more about HIV/AIDs.
  • Promote education about this disease, and protection against it.
  • Help people with AIDS.
  • Donate to the fight to end this disease.

This is a day to help others understand this deadly disease and to promote fighting it.

December 5 – Repeal Day

What exactly was repealed? Well, in this case it was Prohibition from the 18th Amendment. Holiday Insights tells that December the 5th “commemorates the repeal of the 18th Amendment.  Once more, Americans were free to buy, sell, and consume alcoholic beverages.” In theory, Prohibition was meant to eliminate the ills of the country; however, what they learned is that it was not alcohol so much as it was people. Plus, the country still found ways to get their booze, which only made things worse. So, on December 5, people celebrate the repeal of this really bad decision.

Now, have a toast, take a drink, enjoy a cocktail to celebrate our rights and freedoms, but be safe and don’t drink to excess. That sort of defeats the purpose.

December 10Human Rights Day

Holiday Insights puts it best:

Human Rights Day, created by the United Nations, promotes awareness of the importance of Human Rights issues around the world. On this daty in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each year, the United Nations, establishes a new theme for the year. In 2006, the theme is fighting poverty.

Human rights is something we easily take for granted in the United States. Elsewhere, freedom and basic human rights are not a given.

Participate in this day by learning more about human rights issues around the globe. Offer your time and money in support of a human rights issue that is important to you.”

December 13 – Friday the 13th

In 2013, we have the experience of Friday the 13th two times: September and December. For many, this is a day of negativity and bad luck. For others, it is a day of unique spirituality. Some still do not notice any difference. Whether we are superstitious or not, this second Friday the 13th of the year is definitely worth noting.

December 23 – Roots Day

Holiday Insights identifies December the 23rd as a day to celebrate our heritages. On this day, celebrate the family line and appreciate the importance and need of connecting to those roots. In America, we all have so many cultural influences that to best understand ourselves, we must first understand our family trees. December 23 is a day to do that.

December is a month full of celebration. From the regular Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s to Ice Cream Day, Festivus, National Chocolate Day, and so many others, every day brings much to celebrate and enjoy.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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