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December News from Rockin’ Rooney

Wow, can you believe it, we made it to the last month of the year?! This has been quite a year, hasn’t it? I don’t know much about what’s going on these days, but people seem a little more animated, more wound up for some reason. I hope for the holiday season everyone can calm down, enjoy the season and the blessings they have and remember it’s the season of giving.

There are two more holidays left in the year, of course, three if you count National Mutt Day (Dec. 2) and four if you include National Cookie Day (Dec. 4). But two that I know for sure.

But Christmas and New Year’s Eve are still a few weeks away, still plenty of time to make my Christmas wish list, help decorate around the house (if Mom lets me) and go to a few festive holiday parties. And you know what I like about the holiday parties — so much great food!

I may need a little help on my Christmas list, however. I’ve been told that you should separate your list into four areas, something you want, something you need, something you read, and something you wear.

Well, I don’t need a lot, I’m a dog after all, and I can’t read, so no books for me, and as for something to wear, I always leave that to Mom and for special occasions, like Halloween.

So that leaves something I want. All the things I want, I usually get, and I have all the stuff I need, so I’m not sure what to put on my list. But if you want to give something, December is Operation Santa Paws month, which is a toy/treat drive holiday for local animal shelters started by this guy named Justin in 2001.

He helps animal lovers put on community toy and treat drives across the country by placing collection bins at grocery stores, coffee shops, offices, schools, churches, veterinary offices and pet stores. They even help you download and print posters for your drive.

Anyway, I think it’s a good cause and you can find more info at JustinRudd.com/santapaws. Remember, it’s the season of giving!

And if you can’t wait until Christmas, there are a bunch of days you can celebrate, like National Pie Day on Dec. 1; National Sock Day on Dec. 4Dec. 8 is National Brownie Day; International Day of Veterinary Medicine is Dec. 9 (thank you!); Human Rights Day

Is Dec. 10; National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, Dec. 15; National Chocolate-covered Anything Day is Dec. 16Dec. 18 is Bake Cookies Day; and not only is Dec. 21 the first day of winter, but National Re-Gifting Day and National French Fried Shrimp Day.

The rest of the month has a lot of candy and food days (big surprise!), including National Date Nut Bread Day on the 22nd; National Eggnog Day on Christmas Eve; Dec. 27 is

National Fruitcake Day (is that really a food?); National Chocolate Candy Day is Dec. 28; Bacon Day is Dec. 30; and after all that eating you can celebrate National Bicarbonate of Soda Day on the 30th! And did you know Christmas Day is also National Pumpkin Pie Day?

And when you’re ringing in the new year, remember you got through the year with flying colors (a few ups and downs, but that’s to be expected) and 2018 is going to be a fresh new start.

See you in 2018!

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