HISTORIC DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS & EVENTS

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Here are some December celebrations and events with histories kids might like to investigate.
Father’s Day (December 5th, Thailand)
St. Nicholas Day (December 6th, Europe)
Bodhi Day (December 8th, Buddhists worldwide)
Republic Day/ Jamhuri Day (December 12th, Kenya)
St. Lucia Day (December 13th, Sweden)
Hanukkah (December 16th- 24th, Israel & Jewish Communities Worldwide)
Los Posadas (December 16th-25th, Mexico)
Winter Solstice (December 21st, Northern hemisphere)
Mother’s Day (December 22nd, Indonesia)
Emperor’s Birthday (December 23rd, Japan)
Christmas Day (December 25th, Christian Communities Worldwide)
Boxing Day (December 26th, Christian Communities Worldwide)
Kwanzaa (December 26th, U.S.A.)
New Year’s Eve (December 31st, Countries Using Western Calendar)

They might also like to learn more about some historic folk born in December.

Henry VI, king of England (became king at age of nine months): December 6th, 1421
Mary Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots): December 7th, 1542
Anna Maria Grosholtz (later, Madame Tussaud), artist & wax sculptor: December 7th, 1761
Eli Whitney, inventor (cotton gin): December 8th, 1765
Cornelia Funke, writer: December 10th, 1958
Rosemary Sutcliff, historical writer: December 14th, 1920
Jane Austen, writer: December 16th, 1775
Arthur Charles Clarke, writer: December 16th, 1917
Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of England: December 21st, 1804
John, King of England: December 24th, 1167
Isaac Newton, scientist: December 25th, 1642
(Joseph) Rudyard Kipling, writer & poet: December 30th, 1865
Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie): December 31st, 1720

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