December Holidays to Celebrate–Part 1

rosa parks in her busDecember (Dec.) is the 12th and last month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days, coming between November (of the same year) and January (of the following year). With the name of the month coming from the Latin decem for “ten”, it was the tenth month of the year before January and February were added to the Roman calendar.

December 1 is Rosa Parks Day in Ohio and Oregon because it is the day she was arrested, It is celebrated in California and Missouri on her birthday,  February 4.

In 1955, Parks completed a course in “Race Relations” at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee where nonviolent civil disobedience had been discussed as a tactic. On December 1, 1955, Parks was sitting in the frontmost row for black people. When a Caucasian man boarded the bus, the bus driver told everyone in her row to move back. At that moment, Parks realized that she was again on a bus driven by Blake. While all of the other black people in her row complied, Parks refused, and was arrested[8] for failing to obey the driver’s seat assignments, as city ordinances did not explicitly mandate segregation but did give the bus driver authority to assign seats. Found guilty on December 5,[9] Parks was fined $10 plus a court cost of $4[10], but she appealed.

NinjaInternational Ninja Day is celebrated on December 5.  According to, “(b)ack in 2003, Ninja Burger created International Ninja Day on December 5 as a way to celebrate the Ninja “speed” with which their burgers are delivered”  Dress up like a Ninja and take to the streets after watching a ninja movie.

To truly understand the history of International Ninja Day, one must first understand the history of the Ninja. The original Ninja were warriors of the Iga Province of Japan during the Sengoku period. These warriors were raised from the basic people of the countryside, without access to proper armor, weapons, or training to use them.

December 7 is Pearl Harbor Day, marking the entrance of the United States into World War II.  The Japanese launched a surprise attack against  the United States Pacific Fleet about  0755 local  time, killing 2,403 Americans, and injuring 1,178 others. The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships and damaged four others. It also damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer. Aircraft losses were 188 destroyed and 159 damaged.

December 10 is Dewey Decimal System  Day.  It falls on the birthday of Melvyl Dewey, founder of the most  widely used library classification system.

The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) or Dewey Decimal System has been in use since 1876 when American Librarian Melvil Dewey developed and established it. Divided into ten main categories, the numerical system arranges mostly non-fiction publications.

Since its inception, the system has been maintained and kept pace with modern technologies. A schedule of expansions and revisions help keep the system current and progressive.

National Cocoa Day is December 13.  If you are an adult, you might want to put Gran Marnier, honey rye or brandy in your hot chocolate or cocoa.

Hot cocoa is a warm beverage made with cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and sugar.  The terms hot chocolate and hot cocoa are often used interchangeably by Americans causing a bit of confusion.  To make hot chocolate, we use ground chocolate which contains cocoa butter.  It’s mixed with hot milk and is actually a drinking chocolate.


12 thoughts on “December Holidays to Celebrate–Part 1”

  1. Had no idea there was a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa. As my grandmother used to say, “You live. You learn.” Also, does it matter that I read part 2 before I read part 1? Of course not. I just thought it was funny. Why is Pat posting two in a day. Oh… I see….

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