December News from Rockin’ Rooney

Wow, here we are, the last month of the year. Where did the year go? Wait, don’t we always say that toward the end of the year? Maybe it just seems like the year just rushes by us in a flash. So, what I’d suggest for the last month of the year is take your time, relax, enjoy the waning days of 2019 and be refreshed when 2020 arrives.

I know, I know, easy for me to say. I don’t have to do any holiday shopping, put up any decorations, send out Christmas cards, organize everything for holiday gatherings, make cookies or pies or cook dinner. I get to sit back and enjoy it all because Mom and Dad do all the heavy lifting! Ahhh, the life of a dog. Ain’t it great?!

December, of course, is all about two holidays: Christmas and New Year’s Eve (OK, for our Jewish friends, there’s Hanukkah, which begins in the evening of

Sunday, Dec. 22). And there’s also the winter solstice, Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter.

So, while we’re waiting for Christmas to roll around, there are many days that are Christmas-related, but not ON Christmas Day. Go figure.

For example, Dec. 6 is St. Nicholas Day; Dec. 9 is Christmas Card Day; Dec. 12 is Poinsettia Day and Gingerbread House Day; Dec. 14 is National Wreaths Across America Day; Dec. 18 is Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day; Dec. 19 is Look for an Evergreen Day and National Re-Gifting Day; Dec. 20 is Go Caroling Day and National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day; Dec. 24 is National Eggnog Day; and believe it or not, Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, is National Candy Cane Day. I don’t know about you, but by the time Christmas rolls around, I’ve had my fill of candy canes!

And December is no exception when it comes to odd and funny days, but not as many as other months. For example, there’s Dec. 7, which is National Rhubarb Vodka Day (never heard of rhubarb vodka!); Dec. 8 is Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day; Dec. 12 is National Ding-a-Ling Day; Dec. 14 is Monkey Day; Dec. 15 is Cat Herders Day (yuk!); and Dec. 16 is Barbie and Barney Backlash Day, which I have to admit, is the weirdest day to, uh, celebrate?

And there’s really only one “dog” day in December, and that’s Dec. 2, which is National Mutt Day. And speaking of dogs, can we give a big round of applause to Thor the bulldog, who made history as the first bulldog to win the National Dog Show’s “Best in Show?” Bulldogs rule!

However you celebrate the holidays (Festivus for the Rest of Us, Dec. 23, anybody? What? You’re not a “Seinfeld” fan?), all the warmest wishes to you and your loved ones during this holiday season! We’ll see you in 2020!

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