8 Events And Holidays To Celebrate Or Learn More About This December

Important and meaningful events and holidays are happening all month long

By Missy Robertson, Macaroni KID Monroe-West Monroe November 30, 2022

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Happy December! There are many wonderful ways to celebrate this month, from Christmas to Hanukkah to Kwanzaa. All are wonderful excuses to bring family and friends together. But those aren't the only three holidays happening this month — there are other meaningful and important events and holidays happening in December as well, some of which you've heard of, and some of which might be new to you!

Here are eight special holidays and events that your family can celebrate or learn more about in December:

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Rosa Parks Day

Rosa Parks Day, marked in just a few states, recognizes the day Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Ala., bus. That bus, pictured above, is now housed at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., giving visitors a chance to sit in the very place Rosa Parks sat during that defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement. Dec. 1

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International Day of People with Disabilities

One billion people live with disabilities worldwide. December 3 is designated by the United Nations as the International Day of People With Disabilities, an annual occasion designated to join together to support people with disability and raise awareness of the importance of creating equal opportunity for people with disabilities in all aspects. Find out more. Dec. 3

Las Posadas

Las Posadas, which translates to "The Inns" in Spanish is a religious festival that is a traditional and important part of the Christmas festivities in Mexico and parts of Latin America and in Hispanic communities in the United States. Las Posadas is often organized by neighborhood committees, with a different host family each night. Visitors, who ask for lodging for Joseph and Mary, bring food, candy, and star-shaped piñatas to celebrate. At each stop, passages of scripture are read and Christmas carols are sung. Dec. 16-24

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The eight-day Jewish celebration, often called the Festival of Lights, is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games, and gifts. We love these amazing sweet potato latkes. Dec. 18-26

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Winter Solstice

Need to explain the winter solstice to your kids? This is the day that has the shortest period of daylight of the year. In 2022 the winter solstice falls at exactly 4:47 p.m. EST. Dec. 21

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Christmas Day

Merry Christmas! Traditions for Christmas range from religious to secular and include gift exchanges, decorated Christmas trees and light displays, church services, visits with Santa, and meals with family and friends. No matter how you celebrate, may your day be merry and bright. Dec. 25

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This annual celebration was started in the U.S. as a way to honor African heritage in African-American culture. Kwanzaa has seven core principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Talk to your kids about how they incorporate those principles into their lives! Dec. 26-Jan. 1

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New Year's Eve

Happy New Year! Have littles who won't be able to stay up until midnight? Celebrate with your own Noon Year's Eve celebration — they don't need to know it's a few hours early! Here are three ideas on how to throw an at-home New Year's Eve celebration kids will love. Dec. 31