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6 Strange Holidays in December You Ought to Celebrate

December 1, 2016

What, like there aren’t enough holidays in December already?
Weird December Holidays

December 1: Eat a Red Apple Day

This holiday was likely a marketing invention of some fruit packing company specializing in red apples. It’s the day to keep the doctor away by grabbing a crunchy—and red—apple like a Fuji or Red Delicious. Probably the worst thing you could do today is eat a green apple.

December 2: National Fritters Day

It is the little things that unite us as human beings. Such as fritters—a cake or doughnut filled with fruit, meat, or vegetables and deep-fried. Dozens of cultures on Earth have their own variation on the fritter, so today’s a good day to try any or all of them. You could have latkes, croquettes, pakoras…

December 5: Bathtub Party Day

The creators of this holiday weren’t quite telling people to have an actual party in a bathtub. No, this is more in the interest of self-care and self-indulgence. Today is supposed to be a day to take a little me time, draw a bath, light some candles, and relax.

December 8: National Brownie Day

Find some time amid your busy schedule of eating festive holiday cookies somebody left on the break room table at work and holiday cookies a neighbor dropped by, and holiday cookies you made yourself, and just one bite of that fudge your sister sent, to take a break with a freshly-baked chocolate brownie.

December 10: Dewey Decimal System Day

On December 10, 1851, Melvil Dewey was born. He’s the librarian who in the 1870s created and patented the Dewey classification of books. Used by thousands of libraries all over the world, it ascribes a unique decimal number to every possible kind of book. (By the way, you can find trivia books at 031.02.)

December 21: Crossword Puzzle Day

It’s the first official day of winter, which makes this day a great time to hunker down, stay indoors, and do a crossword puzzle. December 21 was chosen as the official day of the classic newspaper word game because on this day in 1913, the first one was ever published. Credited to Arthur Wynne, the crossword debuted in the New York World on December 21, 1913.

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