December 19

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2023 Daily Holidays that fall on December 19, include:

  • Holly Day 
  • Look For an Evergreen Day 
  • National Emo Day 
  • National Hard Candy Day 
  • National Oatmeal Muffin Day 

2023 Weekly Holidays that include December 19, are:

  • Advent - December 3 - 24, 2023
  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2023 - January 5, 2024
  • Cookie Exchange Week - December 18-22, 2023 (Monday-Friday week before Christmas
  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (Winter Enforcement) - December 18, 2023 - January 1, 2024
  • Gluten-Free Baking Week - December 17-23, 2023 (Week Before Christmas)
  • Posadas - December 16-24
  • Saturnalia - December 17-23
  • Tie One On For Safety Campaign - Runs November 23, 2023 through January 1, 2024 (Thanksgiving to New Year's Day)

2023 Monthly Holidays that include December 19, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our December Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of December.


  • A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  • If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for December 19 is Sagittarius.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for December are:

  • Holly/Narcissus - Sweetness, Self-Esteem, Vanity, The Sweetness of whoever receives it


The Birthstone(s) for December is:

  • Tanzanite
  • Zircon
  • Turquoise

Famous Birthdays

  • 1875 - Carter G. Woodson, American historian and author who founded Black History Month (d. 1950)
  • 1899 - Martin Luther King Sr., American pastor, missionary and activist (d. 1984)
  • 1914 - Mel Shaw, American animator and screenwriter (Bambi, The Fox and the Hound, Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King) (d. 2012)
  • 1967 - Criss Angel, American magician and musician

Famous Deaths

  • 1848 - Emily Bronte, English novelist and poet (Wuthering Heights) (b. 1818)
  • 2021 - Sally Ann Howes, English-American singer and actress who played Truly in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (b. 1930)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1813 - Businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt marries his cousin Sophia Johnson
  • 1975 - Astronaut Buzz Aldrin marries Beverly Zile
  • 1995 - Queen Elizabeth asks Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales to divorce

Quote of the Day

November 19th is Look For an Evergreen Day - a great day to find a Christmas Tree if you haven't already!

November 19th is Look For an Evergreen Day - a great day to find a Christmas Tree if you haven't already!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
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This Day in History

  • 1154 - Henry II of England is crowned at Westminster Abbey
  • 1606 - The ships Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery leave England with settlers who founded Jamestown, Virginia, the first of the thirteen colonies that became the United States
  • 1776 - Thomas Paine publishes an article titled The American Crisis in The Pennsylvania Journal
  • 1777 - George Washington's Continental Army settles into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • 1907 - In the Darr Mine Disaster in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania 239 coal mines die
  • 1912 - After he was imprisoned in Sing Sing prison for 3 1/2 years, U.S. President William Howard Taft pardons William Van Schaick, Captain of the steamship General Slocum that caught fire and killed over 1,000 people
  • 1924 - The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London, England
  • 1932 - The BBC World Service begins broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service
  • 1972 - Apollo 17, the last crewed lunar flight with Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt returns to Earth
  • 1974 - President Gerald Ford appoints Nelson Rockefeller as the Vice President of the United States after the resignation of Richard Nixon
  • 1998 - U.S. President Bill Clinton is impeached by the United States House of Representatives
  • 2016 - A vehicular attack in Berlin, Germany kills 12 and injures 56 people at a Christmas market. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack

This Day in Music

  • 1955 - Blue Suede Shoes is recorded by Carl Perkins two days after he writes the song (video below)
  • 1978 - A Christmas Portrait by The Carpenters airs on ABC
  • 1980 - 9-5, starring Dolly Parton who sang the theme song opens in theaters
  • 1997 - Titanic opens in theaters with a soundtrack featuring Celine Dion's hit My Heart Will Go On (See our February 14th page for the video)
  • 2003 - You Belong to Me and Murder He Says are sung by Tori Amos in the movie Mona Lisa Smile starring Julia Roberts

This Day in Sports

  • 1891 - The Canadian Rugby Union forms
  • 1984 - Wayne Gretzky at age 23, is the 18th and youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points
  • 1989 - Larry Bird of the Celtics begins his NBA free throw streak of 71 games

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Doomsayer (noun)

1. One who makes dire predictions about the future; one fond of predicting disaster.

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