Go Caroling Day

December 20, 2011 by staff 

Go Caroling Day, The sound of Christmas is in the air. In fact, it has been in the air since Halloween. I am not a Grinch, but I would like to see each major holiday have its own time in our lives and the stores.

In addition to Christmas, there is Chanukah, which begins on Dec. 21 and lasts eight days, and Kwanzaa, which starts Dec. 26. While Christians may want to own the celebration, other people feel the same way about their holidays. I will celebrate Christmas because that’s what our family believes, but I will respect what other people believe, as well.

Let’s look at some of the celebrations December has to offer.

This coming Wednesday, Dec. 7, is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. A day that was to live in infamy, but barely draws a blink today in the shadow of Sept. 11, 2001.

Please remember, if just for a little while.

Dec. 12 is Poinsettia Day – it’s pretty, but keep kids and pets away – and Dec. 22 is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Thanks, we needed that, right on the heels of ending Daylight Saving Time.

Fans of Seinfeld know that Dec. 23 is Festivus -”for the rest of us.”

I’m not even going there.

December is also Bingo Month and Write a Friend Month. That means we will receive letters from people boasting about their magnificent marriages, successful careers, gorgeous homes, powerful cars and wonderful children.

I would like to get a letter that advises us that the youngest child – or grandchild – finally got out of diapers, the man of the house paid off his speeding tickets, mom failed her latest miracle weight loss diet, the dog ate yet another sofa cushion, the cat climbed to the top of a new set of curtains and the old family car made it through another year.

I’m not holding my breath, though.

Dec. 8 is national Take it in The Ear Day. How will we celebrate it? Most of us already have, with the U.S. Congress deadlocked and our payroll tax cut set to disappear because the politicians don’t want to end pork programs or raise the taxes paid by wealthy people who no longer work in order to cover the government’s “lost revenue” if the tax cut continues.

Dec. 12 is National Ding-a-Ling Day. I guess Congress finally has a day of their own.

I hope they remember Dec. 15 is Bill of Rights Day before they set out to legislate morality once again, hold closed meetings, hide documents or spend money on the Q.T.

There are some good days to celebrate leading up to the big ones. Dec. 18 is Bake Cookies Day, the 18th is also Look for an Evergreen Day; the 20th is Go Caroling Day; the 21st is Look on the Bright Side Day, but it is also Humbug Day.

I want to sell tickets to watch that celebration.

Dec. 24 is National Egg Nog Day — and Christmas Eve Day — leading up to Dec. 25.

Dec. 27 is National Fruitcake Day, celebrating the need to figure out what to do with those heavy goodies, and Dec. 30 is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day.

Dec. 31 is Make up Your Mind Day, leading up to New Year’s Eve.

About now, we need to remember that Dec. 5 was Repeal Day, celebrating the passage of the 21st Amendment, ending prohibition.

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