December 26

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on December 26, include:

  • Boxing Day 
  • Day After Christmas Day 
  • National Candy Cane Day 
  • National Thank-You Note Day 
  • National Whiner's Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include December 26, are:

  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2024 - January 5, 2025
  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (Winter Enforcement) - December 18, 2024 - January 1, 2025
  • Hanukkah - Evening of December 25, 2024 through Evening of January 2, 2025
  • It's About Time Week - December 25-31
  • Kwanzaa - Evening of December 26, 2024 - January 1, 2025
  • Tie One On For Safety Campaign - Runs November 28, 2024 through January 1, 2025 (Thanksgiving to New Year's Day)

2024 Monthly Holidays that include December 26, 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.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a moveable 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 25, 2024 - Mid February, 2025

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for December 26 is Capricorn.

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

  • 1942 - Catherine Coulter, American author of romantic suspense thrillers and historical romance books
  • 1945 - John Walsh, American TV Host, producer and activist who created America's Most Wanted after the murder of his child Adam Walsh - his efforts led to the Missing Children Act of 1982, the Missing Children's Assistance Act of 1984, and to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act in 2006
  • 1979 - Chris Daughtry, American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who came in fourth place on the fifth season of American Idol

Famous Deaths

  • 1972 - Harry S. Truman, American Colonel and politician who became the 33rd President of the United States (b. 1884)
  • 2006 - Gerald Ford, American Commander, lawyer and politician who became the 38th President of the United States (b. 1913)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1993 - Comedian Rodney Dangerfield marries Joan Child
  • 2001 - Author J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter books), marries anesthesiologist Neil Murray
  • 2002 - Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers) marries Shaunie Nelson

Quote of the Day

December 26 is National Thank-You Note Day!

December 26 is National Thank-You Note Day!

Christmas is about GIVING, but everyone likes to feel appreciated.  It's an awesome habit to send a thank-you note when someone gives you a gift, or helps you out etc. If you don't have the money for thank you cards / postage to mail them, then you can always pick up the phone and do a thank you or write a social media message. Point is, let them know that your gift or time has been appreciated! It means a lot to take the time to do this!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
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This Day in History

  • 1805 - The Treaty of Pressburg is signed by Austria and France
  • 1862 - During the American Civil War, the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou beings when General William Tecumseh Sherman begins landing his troops
  • 1862 - In Mankato, Minnesota, the largest mass-hanging in the history of the United States took when in 38 Native Americans died
  • 1941 - Thanksgiving Day in the United States is designated as the fourth Thursday in November when a bill is signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1943 - During World War II, the German warship Scharnhorst is sunk off of Norway's North Cape after a battle with major Royal Navy forces
  • 1948 - The final Soviet troops withdraw from North Korea
  • 1966 - Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach celebrates the first Kwanzaa
  • 1972 - During the Vietnam War, the largest single combat launch in Strategic Air Command history occurs as part of Operation Linebacker II, when 120 American B-52 Stratofortress bombers attacked Hanoi, including 78 launched from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam
  • 1991 - The Cold War ends when the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union meets and formally dissolves the Soviet Union
  • 1998 - Iraq announces that it intends to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the norther and southern no-fly zones
  • 1999 - The storm named Lothar passes across Central Europe, killing 137 people and causing over $1.3 billion in damages
  • 2003 - Southeastern Iran is hit with a 6.6 Mw earthquake that leaves more than 26,000 dead and 30,000 injured
  • 2004 - A 9.1 - 9.3 Mw Indian Ocean earthquake shakes northern Sumatra that sets off one of the largest recorded tsunamis that hits Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia with a death toll estimated at 227,898
  • 2012 - Beijing and Guangzhou, China are linked with the world's longest high-speed rail 

This Day in Music

  • 1709 - George Frideric Handel premiers his opera Agrippina in Venice
  • 1963 - I Want to Hold Your Hand and I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles are released in the United States
  • 1967 - The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film debuts on BBC-TV
  • 1970 - My Sweet Lord by George Harrison hits #1 on the Hot 100 George Harrison 
  • 1986 - The Beastie Boys start their Licensed to Ill tour in New York City

Lindsey Stirling - O Holy Night

This Day in Sports

  • 1888 - The first indoor baseball game is played at the fairgrounds in Philadelphia with 2,000 spectators watching 
  • 1919 - Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox is sold to the New York Yankees
  • 1995 - Emmitt Smith, the running back for the Dallas Cowboys scores an NFL record 25th touchdown of the season
  • 2008 - Phil Jackson is the sixth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

cakes and ale n (plural only) (idiomatic, Britain, dated)

1. The simple material pleasures of life.
2. Lively fun and merrymaking.

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