Tuesday, December 01, 2009

December 2009 Calendar of Events

"Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat."

--From "The Garden Year" By Sara Coleridge

Holidays, History, and Heritage

Universal Human Rights Month (International)

December 1: Union Day (Romania)
World AIDS Day (International)

December 2: National Day (United Arab Emirates)

December 5: Sinterklaas (the Netherlands, Belgium)
Father's Day/King's Birthday (Thailand)

December 6: St. Nicholas Day (Greece)
Independence Day (Finland)
Constitution Day (Spain)
Second Sunday of Advent (Christianity)

December 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (United States)

December 8: Mother's Day (Panama)
Constitution Day (Romania)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Christianity - Catholicism)
Bodhi Day (Buddhism)

December 10: Human Rights Day (International)

December 11, sunset - December 19, sunset: Hannukah (Judaism)

December 12: Independence Day (Kenya)
Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico)

December 13: Santa Lucia Day (Scandinavian countries)
Third Sunday of Advent (Christianity)

December 15: Bill of Rights Day (United States)

December 16: Day of Reconciliation (South Africa)

December 20: Fourth Sunday of Advent (Christianity)

December 21: Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere)
Summer Solstice (Southern Hemisphere)

December 23: Emperor's Birthday (Japan)

December 25: Christmas (Christianity)

December 26: Boxing Day (United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia)

December 26 - January 1: Kwaanza (African-American)

December 30: Rizal Day (Philippines)

December 31: New Year's Eve (International)
First Night (United States)

Do any of the above events feature in or affect your heritage, culture, or family history?

Carnivals and Other Events:

Need help? Read my post, "How to Submit a Post to a Carnival", here.

Posted December 1 - the December 2009 Edition of the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival - In the News

December 1-24 - Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

Posted December 4 - the 85th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy - Orphans and Orphans

Posted December 6 - Shades of the Departed - the Holiday Edition

Posted December 12 - the Holiday 2009 Geneabloggers Cookbook

Posted December 16 - the 2009 Blog Caroling Event

Posted December 16 - the 7th Edition of the Canadian Genealogy Carnival - Carousel theme

Posted December 18 - the 19th Edition of the "I Smile for the Camera" Carnival - Gift

Posted December 18 - the 86th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy - Double Themed: The "Other" December Events, and Our Wish Lists for Genea-Santa

December 1 - Data Backup Day

Read the latest Data Backup Day post by Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers.

Scanfest will not be held this month due to the busy holiday season. We will be meeting again on Sunday, January 31 from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Standard Time.

Go here to add the above deadlines and dates to your Google Calendar,
courtesy of Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family.

First snow! The flakes,
So few, so light,
Remake the world
In solid white.

All bundled up,
We feel as if
We were fat penguins,
Warm and stiff.

The toy-packed shops
Half split their sides,
And Mother brings home
Things she hides.

Old carols peal.
The dusk is dense.
There is a mood
Of sweet suspense.

The shepherds wait,
The kinds, the tree--
All wait for something
Yet to be,

Some miracle.
And then it's here,
Wrapped up in hope--
Another year!

--"December," by John Updike

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