5 Alternative December Holidays

So, you think Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa have a lock on year-end celebrations? How provincial! December is awash in all sorts of holidays, though perhaps not of the kind that let you take off from work or even admit you observe. Here is a handful of such dates, as collected by the folks at holidayinsights.com.

Dec. 4: Wear Brown Shoes Day. You'll find lots of mention of this special day online (like here), but no one seems to know the origin of the occasion (or which chain of shoe stores likely instigated it). No matter __ the point is to wear brown shoes on Dec. 4.

Dec. 7: National Cotton Candy Day. Yes, you should first honor the solemnity of this being Pearl Harbor Day. But try to put aside a few moments for cotton candy, an industry that employs dozens and helps untold others, mostly dentists and diabetes specialists, achieve the American dream. For more, click here.

Dec. 8: Take It in the Ear Day. This holiday makes Wear Brown Shoes Day look mainstream. While there's millions of references to it on Google, the day is shrouded in mystery, as noted on lifestyle.allwomenstalk.com: "No one really knows what Take It in the Ear Day is, what it means or what it celebrates... That pretty much gives you carte blanche to celebrate however you choose!" Okay then, we opt to overeat and then take a nice nap!

Dec. 12: Poinsettia Day. Finally, we get to a "day" that was officially declared by an Act of Congress to honor the beautiful, Christmas-associated flowers -- named, by the way, for the first U.S. minister to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), who brought them north of the border to his plantation in the U.S., thus introducing them here.

Dec. 21: Humbug Day. A day to celebrate your inner Scrooge, this occasion was created by the folks at Wellcat Holidays & Herbs to allow the more choleric of our citizenry some sanctioned end-of-year venting ("Hey, keep those six geese a-laying from making such a %#*$# racket!!").