DECEMBER FACTS
    OTHER OBSERVANCES
    & IDEA NUGGETS

    Bingo's Birthday Month History &
    How to Play
    This is an opportunity for you to have some
    "special" prizes for the residents who love
    this game. Visit:  Bingo

    Christmas Seals Campaign  
    Visit the American Lung Association

    Colorectal Cancer Education and
    Awareness Month
    Visit:  Colorectal

    Evergreen Month
    Deck the halls with boughs of holly.  
    Visit:  Evergreen

    Fill the Cookie Jar Month
    Display collectible cookie jars.  Cooking
    club can make cookies (and sell them?).  
    How about a Cookie Baking Contest where
    the residents are the judges and
    volunteers bring in home made yummies
    (perhaps a prize could be a cookie jar).
    Visit:  Cookie Jar

    Fruitcake Month
    Share a fruit cake for a party snack.  Chop it
    up and serve it with a sauce over it.
    Need a recipe:  Dark Fruitcake

    Hard Candy Month
    This is the month of beautiful hard
    candies.  They are abundant in the stores
    and the residents will remember from days
    gone by.

    Hi Neighbor Month

    International Language Month
    Translate anything to another language (if
    you translate it back again...you often get
    hilarious results):  BableFish

    International Lipstick Month
    Gather the ladies for a lipstick tea.  Try on
    different colors.  Bring in the Mary Kay
    representative.

    Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis Month
    Visit the Arthritis Foundation

    Little Helpers Month
    What a great month to bring in the kids to
    help with activities.  Involve them in more
    than Christmas Carols.  Let them round up
    residents, serve party food and drinks, help
    with activities, etc.  Use staff members'
    children.

    Made in America Month

    National Closed Caption TV Month
    Visit:  The Closed Caption

    National Drunk and Drugged
    Driving (3D) Prevention Month

    Read a New Book Month

    Red and Green Month
    Time for Christmas Decorations.  Buy'em,
    mak'em, get'em donated...just involve the
    residents.

    Safe Toys and Gifts Month

    Santa Claus Month
    "You-know-who" is coming to town.  The
    residents enjoy the visit as much as
    children.  
    He makes the party.

    Universal Human Rights Month

    Winter Month

    Famous Weeks in
    December...

    Week 1

    Christmas Tree Week

    Cookie Cutter Week

    Tolerance Week

    Week 2

    International Language Week

    Recipe Greetings for the Holidays

    Week 3

    Posadas, Mexico Day

    Tell Someone They're Doing a
    Good Job Week

    Week 4

    It's About Time Week

    Orange Bowl Week
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  • Diane Sawyer, 1945
  • Maurice & Robin Gibb (twins), 1949
    (Bee Gees.) Maurice Gibb died
    January 12, 2003 from a heart
    attack and intestinal blockage.
  • Gene Rayburn, 1917 (Game Show
    Host - Match Game and others.)
    Born December 22, 1917. Died
    November 29, 1999 from heart
    disease.

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DECEMBER HOLIDAYS

First Sunday of Advent. Advent is the
season in which the faithful must prepare
themselves for the coming, or advent, of the
Savior on Christmas.
The four Sundays
before Christmas
are marked by special
church services.

Hanukkah (Festival of Lights), Check
calendar for date. This festival was
instituted by
Judas Maccabaeus in 165
B.C. to celebrate the purification of the
Temple of Jerusalem, which had been
desecrated three years earlier by
Antiochus
Epiphanes, who set up a pagan altar and
offered sacrifices to Zeus Olympius. In
Jewish homes, a lamp or candle is lighted
on each night of the eight-day festival.

Christmas Day, (Feast of the Nativity).
December 25.
 The most widely celebrated
holiday of the Christian year, Christmas is
observed as the anniversary of the birth of
Jesus. Christmas customs are centuries
old. The mistletoe, for example, comes
from the
Druids, who, in hanging the
mistletoe, hoped for peace and good
fortune. Comparatively recent is the
Christmas tree, first set up in Germany in
the 17th century. Colonial Manhattan
Islanders introduced the name
Santa
Claus, a corruption of the Dutch name St.
Nicholas, who lived in fourth-century Asia
Minor.

Kwanzaa, Dec. 26. This secular seven-day
holiday was created by Black Studies
professor Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 in
the U.S., to reaffirm African values and
serve as a communal celebration among
African peoples in the diaspora. Modeled
on first-fruits celebrations, it reflects seven
principles, the Nguzo Saba: unity,
self-determination, collective work and
responsibility, cooperative economics,
purpose, creativity, and faith.
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