Note: When I posted the Nov/Dec Home Page, I promised a separate page for December events, because there are many of them to celebrate or consider as part of your December calendar.
First, today is World Aids Day. While the scourge of AIDS has been less serious in this country because of medications that help reduce fatalities, it is still a major issue. Here is a link to the top 20 HIV Charities of 2015:
Today is also Giving Tuesday, so I have included my favorite Breast Cancer Charity, Breast Cancer Action, where your gift will be matched.
Here is the link: http://www.bcaction.org/
Every year for the last 3 plus decades, the Lunar Calendar from Nancy Passmore has been purchased by women who like to use a calendar that goes from moon to moon, especially when tracking their menses for peri-menopause and menopause. Beautiful artwork and poetry make this a great gift.
Here is the website for the wonderful calendar: www.thelunapress.com
Hanukkah starts the evening of December 6th and lasts for 8 days. It is really not the Jewish Christmas; if anything, it is more like the Fourth of July, because it’s a celebration of freedom. Nevertheless, it does involve candles and presents and comes in December, so it is often considered similar to Christmas, even though it is more of a national holiday, rather than a religious one.
December 10th is Human Rights Day, one of the least celebrated dates, I believe, in December, even though it is an important one. Here is an excerpt, reprinted from the official website: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/.
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.
This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.
The two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights, setting out the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.
The Northern Winter Solstice is December 22nd, and I could not resist placing this white peacock as a reminder. I found it on the Internet and I thought it would be a perfect solstice reminder, since we are coming into the time of snow in the Northeast and elsewhere.
And, of course, Christmas is always on December 25th. I will post some red, white and green recipes to represent the red of holly berries, the white of snow, and the green of evergreen trees. I must confess I love Christmas trees, but we don’t in our home because it is considered non-Jewish symbol, so I can only take pictures, like this one at the Curtis Building in Philadelphia.
Whether you on not you celebrate Hanukkah/Channukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, etc. remember to practice
Peace on Earth, Good Will to All!