Some people only think about an eco lifestyle on Earth Day, April 22. However, a little research showed me that every month has a few unique and earth-friendly holidays that can be cause for celebration. Pick whichever ones appeal to you, then get out there and celebrate!
December is Human Rights Month — Created by the United Nations in 1948 to promote awareness about human rights worldwide, Human Rights Day is observed on December 10. It commemorates the day the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Select a preferred human right or country and learn what you can do to help.
December’s Celebrations by Week:
- Tuesday after Thanksgiving – Giving Tuesday
In 2012, several organizations came together to promote the idea of giving, particularly after the consumerism of Black Friday. Donations that first year reached $10 million. Here are five ways your family can give on this day.
December’s Celebrations by Date:
- December 1 – Eat a Red Apple Day
Apples, red or otherwise, are an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants. The fruit can also regulate blood sugar and may help prevent lung cancer and asthma. So, grab your favorite organic apple and munch on!
- December 3 – Make a Gift Day
Take the time to create something by hand for a loved one. Even in today’s techie world, those kinds of gifts are often the most appreciated. Be resourceful by using materials you have around the house to make a unique gift.
- December 4 – World Wildlife Conservation Day
Started by Hillary Clinton, this is a day to end wildlife crime and support the protection of endangered species like elephants, rhinos and tigers. Take the pledge here.
- December 11 – International Mountain Day
Mountains are pretty awesome, as these photos will remind you. Climb every one of them.
- December 12 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Cause we all have one. Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is dedicated to getting some use out of it. And some places use it to raise money for children’s charities.
- December 18 – Re-gifting Day
There are always gifts you receive that you don’t want or need. Don’t toss the item or relegate it to the back of the closet. Instead, pass it on to somebody who would really appreciate it. It’s sustainable, and there’s no shame in that.
- December 20 – Go Caroling Day
A wonderful, heartfelt tradition to bring back, caroling brings neighbors together and gets them outside. Afterwards, cozy up with one of these warm, organic drinks.
- December 21 – Don’t Make Your Bed Day
This holiday was the brainchild of a fifth grade girl from New Mexico who petitioned Congress for one day a year where she wouldn’t have to follow her parents’ bed-making rules. Her letter is so darn cute:“I am writing you to ask that you help me figure out a way to institute National Dont Make Your Bed Day. I have made my bed every day since I was 4 years old. I make it so my parents are proud of me. But sometimes, I get really tired of making my bed. I think grown-ups get tired of making their beds too. I think everyone in our country would enjoy one day where they dont have to make their bed and not feel bad about it. I suggest December 21st of every year because that is the shortest day of the year this year. On that day, we spend the least amount of time out of bed and so it would be nice to leave it unmade.
I appreciate your help and ask that you please send me a response letting me know if you are able to pass a Bill that would make a National Dont Make Your Bed Day. I have been in contact with my state senator; however at this time he said Congress is busy with more pressing matters. I respect that, however, I would like to continue my campaign. Even though Senator Udall said I don’t have to make my bed on December 21st, I am concerned for all the other kids in our country.”
- December 30 – Bacon Day
100+ bacon recipes. ‘Nuff said.