December 21

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2023 Daily Holidays that fall on December 21, include:

  • Ann & Samantha Day - December 21, 2023 (Summer & Winter Solstice Days - also June 21, 2023)
  • Celebrate Short Fiction Day - December 21, 2023 (Always on Winter Solstice Day)
  • Crossword Puzzle Day 
  • Don't Make Your Bed Day - December 21, 2023 (First Day of Winter)
  • First Day of Winter/Winter Solstice - December 21, 2023 (movable day)
  • Forefather's Day 
  • Global Orgasm Day - June 21, 2023 and December 21, 2023 (Always on Winter and Summer Solstice Day)
  • Humbug Day 
  • International Dalek Remembrance Day 
  • Kiwi Fruit Day (California) 
  • National Coquito Day 
  • National Flashlight Day 
  • National French Fried Shrimp Day 
  • National Hamburger Day 
  • National Homeless Person's Remembrance Day 
  • National Look at the Bright Side Day 
  • National Re-gifting Day - December 21, 2023 (Thursday before Christmas)
  • National Short Story Day - December 21, 2023 (First Day of Winter)
  • Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day 
  • Ribbon Candy Day 
  • Short Girl Appreciation Day - December 21, 2023 (Shortest Day of the Year)
  • Winter Solstice - December 21, 2023
  • World Peace Day 
  • World Snowboard Day - December 21, 2023
  • Yalda 
  • Yule 
Winter Season

2023 Weekly Holidays that include December 21, 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 21, 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.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - December 20, 2023 - Early March, 2024

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for December 21 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

  • 1795 - Jack Russell, English priest, hunter and dog breeder who developed the Jack Russell terrier (d. 1883)
  • 1915 - Werner von Trapp, Austrian-American singer, part of the Von Trapp Family singers whose story inspired The Sound of Music
  • 1954 - Chris Evert, American tennis player and coach
  • 1959 - Florence Griffith Joyner (known as Flo-Jo) American sprinter and actress. She won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and set a world record in the 100-meter sprint and won 3 Gold medals in the 1988 Olympics.  (d. 1998)
  • 1966 - Kiefer Sutherland, British-Canadian actor, director, and producer (A Few Good Men, 24)

Famous Deaths

  • 1940 - F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist and short story writer (The Great Gatsby) (b 1896)
  • 1945 - George S. Patton, American General in the U.S. Army (b. 1885)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1762 - British Explorer Captain James Cook marries Elizabeth Batts
  • 1886 - Juliette Gordon Low who founded the Girls Scouts of the USA marries William Mackay Low
  • 1958 - Actress Ingrid Bergman marries producer Lars Schmidt

Quote of the Day

December 18th is WORLD PEACE DAY! 
Let's Live in Peace Together!

December 18th is WORLD PEACE DAY
Let's Live in Peace Together!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

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This Day in History

  • 1620 - William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is today known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1861 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs into law Public Resolution 82 which contains a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor - the Medal of Honor
  • 1883 - The first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army, are formed - the Royal Canadian Dragoons and the Royal Canadian Regiment
  • 1913 - Arthur Wynne creates the first crossword puzzle which is published in the New York World
  • 1937 - The world's first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre
  • 1946 - An 8.1 Mw earthquake in Nankaido, Japan that sets off a tsunami kills over 1,300 people and destroys over 38,000 homes
  • 1970 - The first flight of the F-14 multi-role combat aircraft takes place
  • 1973 - The Geneva Conference regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict opens
  • 1988 - Pan Am Flight 103 has a bomb explode on board when they are over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway resulting in the death of 270 people
  • 1988 - The largest aircraft in the world, the Antonov An-225 Mriya has its first flight
  • 1992 - Martinair MP 495 crashes at Faro Airport in Portugal, killing 56 
  • 1995 - The City of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control
  • 2004 - During the Iraq War, a suicide bomber kills 22 at the forward operating base next to the main U.S. military airfield at Mosul, Iraq

This Day in Music

  • 1974 - Cat's In The Cradle by Harry Chapin hits #1 in the U.S.
  • 1970 - Willie Nelson stars as well as sings five songs on the soundtrack for the film The Electric Horseman, starring Robert Redford. The soundtrack includes the #1 country hit My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
  • 1991 - After the death of Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody goes to #1 on the U.K. Charts
  • 1996 - Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt hits #1 in America and it stays on top for nine weeks
  • 2013 - The Monster by Eminem with Rihanna hits #1 in the U.S.
  • 2013 - Leonard Cohen wraps up his Grand Tour in Auckland, New Zealand after five years and 387 shows
  • 2019 - All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey goes to #1 in the U.S. 25 years after it was first released in 1994

 Christmas is in just a few days! I figured I would do some Christmas music videos until then! 

Here is Pentatonix singing Mary, Did You Know?

This Day in Sports

  • 1891 - James Naismith created the rules for basketball, and the first game is played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1959 - The Dallas Cowboys hires Tom Landry as a coach, and he goes on to stay on the job until 1988
  • 2005 - The 2006 Team Canada Olympic team names Joe Sakic as their captain

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Solstitial (adjective)

1. Pertaining to a solstice: a solstitial point, the solstitial meridian plane, avenues with a solstitial orientation.
2. Occuring on a solstice: the solstitial half-moon, a solstitial event.

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