Share More Moments: December 2021 Holidays and Observances

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Whichever holidays you celebrate, whatever your traditions and whoever you call family, December is a month full of moments to celebrate. 

It’s time to flip the calendar page, check out December holidays and observances, and start thinking about who we’re connecting with this month. We’ve got lots of ideas to help you make the most of the holiday season.

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Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

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Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Your Special Days in December  

Grab your calendar and a notepad. For your personal list of notes to write and cards to send, think about:


Time to stock up?


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The holiday spirit lasts all month long.

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National Cookie Day is December 4.

December Holidays and Observances  

December 1-5

Trim the Tree Event

  • The Countdown to Christmas continues with everything you need to build on your traditions and make your space even more magical. Shop for last-minute gifts, discover Hallmark Gold Crown stores’ exclusive, special-edition holiday collection and stock up on all the decorating details that’ll make the season extra special. 


December 3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities


December 4

National Cookie Day

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Hanukkah ends at sundown December 6.

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December 7 is National Letter Writing Day.

December 6

Hanukkah ends at sundown


December 7

National Letter Writing Day


December 10

Human Rights Day/Week 

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Lady of Guadalupe Day is December 12.

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Winter begins December 21. 

December 12

Lady of Guadalupe Day/Dîa de la Virgen de Guadalupe

  • Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and other Latinx folks commemorate the appearance of the Virgin Mary in 1531 with prayer, singing, feasting and processions.


December 21

First Day of Winter/Winter Solstice 

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Nochebuena is December 24.

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Christmas is December 25.

December 24

Christmas Eve/Nochebuena


December 25


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Kwanzaa is December 26–January 1.

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New Year’s Eve is December 31.

December 26-January 1



December 30

National Bacon Day


December 31

New Year’s Eve

More Ideas for December  

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Dress your holiday gifts to impress

Get Hallmark’s expert tips for adding simple and stylish or fancy and festive finishing touches to all your Christmas presents.

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Curate a Creative Christmas Care Package

Make a present extra meaningful by gathering lots of things your friend absolutely loves in one big box of happy.

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Single During the Holidays" How to Have Fun and Stay Connected

Being single during the holidays doesn’t have to be dreadful. Read our reasons why, plus get lots of pro-tips for attending events without a plus one.

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Support Friends When Holidays Are Hard

Find ways to share a bit of comfort and peace with friends dealing with grief and loss during the holidays.

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Christmas and Kwanzaa: Keeping Family Holiday Traditions and Finding Your Own

Whether you’re looking to bring cherished family holiday traditions to the next generation or create a new kind of celebration, we’ve got lots of ideas.

Making the Holidays Your Own

Christmas trees play a big part in creating a feeling of coziness and wonder. Read why Hallmark writer Melvina Young supports you having 12 of them.

How to journal: 5 reasons, 3 ways, and 9+ styles

LOOKING AHEAD: Capture Your Story in 2022

There are a lot of reasons and ways people put their stories on paper. Get inspired to start a journal this year—or find new ideas to keep writing one fresh. 

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And Speaking of Fresh Starts

Get writers’ suggestions for messages to encourage and support people as they prepare for new beginnings and journeys. 

Free downloadable December Digital Wallpapers  

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Get into Christmas mode with these sweet floral designs adorning your screens. Download your free December 2021 digital wallpapers below illustrated by Crista C., a Hallmark artist.