Lesser-Known Holidays Taking Place in December

Lesser-known reasons to mark your calendars



Dec 2: National Mutt Day • Created in 2005 by pet expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige, the day is designed to raise awareness about the abundance of mixed-breed dogs in shelters and their need for loving homes. (nationalmuttday.com)

Dec 2-8: National Handwashing Awareness Week • Germaphobes, rejoice! This is your chance to remind everyone of all the compelling health reasons to wash their hands frequently. (henrythehand.com)

Dec 17: Free Shipping Day • Begun in 2008, it’s “a one-day, online-shopping event when thousands of merchants offer free shipping with delivery by Christmas Eve…and gives procrastinators hope for yuletide savings,” according to its website, which promises more than 1,000 participating merchants this year. (freeshippingday.com)

Would-be entrepreneurs, cravat lovers, and those in need of more dietary fiber should take note: December is also National Write a Business Plan Month, National Tie Month, and Constipation Awareness Month.