Celebrate!: The Frolics of December

Merry Meet, friends and travelers! Welcome to the second edition of Celebrate: The Frolics of December!

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‘Tis the season once again. How time flies past…but not fast enough, if you believe the people on TV. Here in the Philippines, the nationwide countdown starts by late September. Shopping malls start unearthing their decorations and mothers everywhere follow suit. I think we’re compensating for the lack of snow.

Personally, I’m ambivalent about the whole thing, and my dislike of crowds makes me want to avoid celebrating altogether. I nearly even forgot my birthday this month! But no matter because good ol’ December marks the end of a very exciting year for me, and 2014 deserves a nice big send off.

So, to get myself into a more jubilatory mood, I figured I’d see what else was being celebrated. Here’s what I found:

  • World Aids Month
  • Spiritual Literacy Month
  • Safe Toys and Gift Month
  • Tie Month
  • Exotic Fruits Month
  • Tropical Fruits Month
  • Worldwide Food Service Safety Month
  • Bingo Month
  • Write-A-Friend Month
  • National Write-A-Business Plan Month

Check these fun dailies out too!

  • Dec. 03 – Make-A-Gift Day
  • Dec. 05 – Comfort Food Day
  • Dec. 07 – Letter-Writing Day
  • Dec. 08 – Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
  • Dec. 11 – International Mountain Day
  • Dec. 13 – Violin Day
  • Dec. 16 – Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
  • Dec. 18 – Roast Suckling Pig Day
  • Dec. 21 – International Dalek Remembrance Day
  • Dec. 22 – Date Nut Bread Day
  • Dec. 24 – Eggnog Day
  • Dec. 27 – Fruitcake Day
  • Dec. 29 – Get On The Scales Day
  • Dec. 31 – Make Up Your Mind Day

So there you have it. Now, regardless of what you choose to celebrate this month, go out and enjoy yourself! Let’s end 2014 with a bang!

Celebrate!: The Revelries of November

As everybody and their mom bloggers know, November is known as NaNoWriMo (try typing that 5 times in a row) or National Novel-Writing Month. It’s that time of year when struggling writers can connect with other struggling writers, bonding over too much coffee and not enough time to re-write the damn draft. It’s when people start sounding a bit mad if you don’t know where they’re coming from:

‘I need to know what he drinks in the morning, it’s vital.’

‘She has got to die, it’s so sad but it’s has to be done.’

‘I’m just about ready to throw a dragon in there, it’s so boring.’

‘I am going to remake the werewolf!’

Madness. Sheer madness.

But, as I’ve recently discovered, there’s something else in that word-caped horizon and it’s name is NaBloPoMo. Perhaps November should also be called NaConAbbMo as well (full points to whomever gets that). NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month, hopes to inspire one post a day for the entire month of November. It’s a worthy event, perhaps even an essential to the blogger out to make a name and brand out of their little domain. In WordPress, people who took Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 can segue seamlessly into this new write-a-thon.

Let’s admit it though, writing a post a day isn’t hard. Writing a good, readable post though, now that’s a toughie. Some of us don’t have enough time for that, and even if we did, what the heck would we write about? Over at BlogHer, they do give you little prompts to help you along, but sometimes it’s not just the kind of inspiration you’re looking for. Even us non-NaBloPoMo writers struggle with finding something to post weekly.

So, during one of my seemingly fruitless searches for inspiration online, I finally decided to look for my writer’s spark in the month of November itself. Lo and behold, my search turned up dozens of nuggets, leading me to run off to PicMonkey and come back with a commemorative button.

The Revelries of November


Apparently, November isn’t just for writing your (excellent) novel or reviving your blog. It is also known as:

  • Manatee Awareness Month
  • World Vegan Month
  • Greens and Plantains Month
  • Families Stories Month
  • Banana Pudding Lovers Month
  • National Candle Month
  • National Fragrance Month
  • National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

It’s my month and I didn’t even know it! Bring on the peanut butter!

And not only that, there are more obscure observances out there that need to be known. Read on for more!

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