by Thea Constantine
December is the height of the holiday season. With Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanza, there’s something going on for almost everyone. We are well aware the holidays have provided a wonderful setting and inspiration for countless stories and poems throughout the ages. But maybe we are just a wee bit tired of the same old, same old?
Time to take a second look. A quick search on the World Wide Web brings up a wealth of unusual celebrations for you and your characters to participate in come December.
More than twenty are totally dedicated to food, including: National Fritters Day, December 2; National Cotton Candy Day, December 7; National Noodle Ring Day, December 11; National Bouillabaisse Day, December 14 (or the second Sunday of the month), and National Lemon Cupcake Day, December 15. All five take place within the first two weeks. Choose between National Roast Suckling Pig Day or Bake Cookies Day on December 18, if you haven’t exhausted yourself on National Chocolate Covered Anything Day on December 16.
I am partial to the ones where the festivities are not too cut and dried, such as December 4’s Wear Brown Shoes Day or the very next day, Bathtub Party Day. It is anyone’s guess how to celebrate December 8, which is Take it in the Ear Day. If all else fails, you can return to gorging, as that is also National Brownie Day. For the musically talented there is Violin Day, December 13, and for those who prefer crafts, there’s National Make Cut-out Snowflake Day on the 27th.
To my knowledge, no one has begun a coming of age novel with the family seated around the table on Card Playing Day, December 28, or busily sipping soup on the 29th, which is Pepper Pot Day. Why not be the first? There are endless poetic possibilities on the 19th. Even Mary Oliver seems to have forgotten Look for an Evergreen Day.
If it all seems like too much, remember December 30 is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day.
Thea Constantine is a writer and certified AWA facilitator with PDX Writers. Her short stories have most recently appeared in In Focus, the quarterly magazine of the PEN Cyprus Center; Stellazine; Roving Writers; “On the Yellow Line,” a weekly column for Street Roots; and an original serial for the online magazine The Black Boot. Her work has been included in a number of anthologies. She just won 1st Place Short Story in the maiden edition of the Watercress Journal. She is currently at work on her first novel, Stumptown.