The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to enjoy yourself than with more wacky biblio-friendly celebrations! So, set some time aside from shopping and decorating, and give yourself a gift!
December 7 Letter Writing Day
-In this era of emails and texting, the act of writing something by hand can seem slow or archaic. Rediscover the simple beauty of writing a letter and mailing it to someone you care about. If you are looking for a way to volunteer with the Christmas just around the corner, how about volunteering to write a love letter and encourage someone who needs it? MoreLoveLetters has a page dedicated to love letter requests updated regularly where you can choose someone (even more than one person if so inclined) to write to and change their lives for the better.
December 8 Take it in the Ear Day
- This one’s just too weirdly wonderful to pass up. No one seems to know exactly what it means, but perhaps someone misheard “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears!” Why not read some Shakespeare or watch Julius Ceasar to find out what exactly Marc Anthony meant?
December 10 poet Emily [Elizabeth] Dickinson
- This reclusive poet kept up a steady correspondence with friends, though she rarely left her home. Why not emulate her practice of putting a poem in a letter to a friend?
December 11 National Noodle Ring Day
-And if you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering what the heck a “noodle ring” is! Why not start your celebration by finding out, then finding a creative use for one in a short story!
December 16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
-Yes, the trend continues. Chocolate gives both a sugar and caffeine high, which can be useful when trying to hit a deadline. Also, it’s yummy.
Also on December 16th, the birthday of English novelist Jane Austen (1775; d.1817),
-Her peculiar genius lies in how, by infusing the same basic plots with wit and charm, she manages to make each one unique and insightful.
And last but not least, December 16th is also the birthday of writer Philip K. Dick (1928)
- Known for his weirdly wonderful science fiction stories, the Chicago born author has had many movies based on his work. Why not watch Blade Runner, Total Recall, or Minority Report? Then compare the movie to the original story? Plus, we could even feature that here on FFDO in our Scene to Screen articles.
December 21 National Flashlight Day which, perhaps not coincidentally also falls on Look on the Bright Side Day
-As this falls on the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year, making sure your flashlights work may make it easier to look on the bright side. Think of it this way; you can use the flashlights to make shadow puppets, you can spend more time viewing the Winter constellations, and you can use both as inspiration for a brilliant new poem or work of prose.
December 31 Make Up Your Mind Day
-If you have left things until the last minute this year, you only have a few more hours to get them done and start the new year off with a clean slate!
No matter what you’re celebrating, I hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season!
*image courtesy of Amodiovalerio Verde via Creative Commons License and Flickr.