Category: December 02

  • NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY – First Saturday of Every Month


    If it’s the first Saturday of the month, it’s National Play Outside Day. So, no matter what month it is, everyone put down their electronic devices and get outside!


    All year long, we are given numerous opportunities to get outside and play. But sometimes, life, responsibilities, and distractions keep us from spending time in the fresh air as we should. National Play Outside Day is a reminder to stretch our legs and expend some energy in the great outdoors.

    Benefits of Outdoor Play

    Why is playing outside so good for us? Besides getting us off the sofa or away from the desk, it also gives us an opportunity to explore our neighborhoods. While it’s impossible to list all the benefits of outdoor play, we do have a few to share.

    • Playing outdoors is a freeing activity. It frees us from routines, enclosed spaces, and frames of mind.
    • The outdoors fills us with energy. Whether it’s the fresh air, sunshine, or physical activity, we perk up and become motivated to accomplish things.
    • It clears the cobwebs from our brains. We sometimes get stuck on a topic, project, or issue and are unable to resolve it. A change of scene often brings clarity we didn’t have before.
    • Outdoor play provides terrific physical activity for our bodies. Our hearts pump fresh oxygen to our limbs and brains.
    • We experience new sights and sounds. Children get to experience the world around them.
    • As a social activity, playing outside encourages positive interactions.
    • When you play outside every month, it becomes habit-forming – and this is one good habit to have!
    • It stimulates the imagination. Outdoor play almost has no boundaries. Your yard can be a kingdom or the playground can be a mountain to scale.

    We’ve only scratched the surface of the benefits of outdoor play. There are so many more! So, be sure to get outside with the family on the first Saturday of every month – or even more often than that!


    We know the seasons change, so what we were able to do outside last month will be different this month. However, that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating the day. This is your monthly reminder that it’s time to get outside and play. We have suggestions for every season that we’re sure you’ll enjoy!

    • Explore hiking trails near you.
    • Visit the local swimming pool or even take swimming lessons.
    • Check out every park in your neighborhood and climb, slide or swing on every playground set.
    • Start a game of catch, kickball, tag, or Frisbee or make up a game.
    • Go to the beach.
    • Run through the sprinkler.
    • Go camping.
    • Go fishing.
    • Fly a kite.
    • Jump in a pile of leaves.
    • Build a fort – of leaves or snow or whatever is handy.
    • Walk around the block.
    • Go for a bike ride.
    • Build a snowperson.
    • Go sledding.
    • Identify the constellations at night and look for meteors.
    • Visit your favorite state or national park.
    • Check out these 9 Fun Winter Outdoor Activities.

    What’s your favorite way to play outside? Introduce some of the games you used to play to your children. Whatever you do, be sure to get outside and play! Use #PlayOutsideDay to share on social media.


    In 2011, Aaron Wiggans and Rhonda D. Abeyta founded National Play Outside Day as a reminder to explore and play in the world outside. The day encourages healthful habits that will last a lifetime.



    National Fritters Day on December 2nd allows for no frittering away of the time. So make haste and get them while they are hot!


    Fritters come in various forms, from morsels dipped in flavorful batters to bits of dough stuffed or filled with delicious surprises. All of the varieties are deep-fried and served hot with dips, drips, or dustings of seasonings, sweets, or sauces. Cultures all over the world make some kind of fritter. May believe Ancient Romans first consumed fritters. They then introduced them to Europe. Most commonly filled with fruit or cheese, fritters can also be filled with savory meats, seafood, and vegetables.  


    Serve up some fritters with your meal tonight. You can try corn fritters or apple fritters. Another favorite is potato fritters. Try a few different recipes, but be sure to share your favorite. We’ve provided some recipes to enjoy. 

    Potato Fritters
    Corn Fritters
    Deep-Fried Banana Fritters

    Use #NationalFrittersDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious fried food holiday. 

    Fritter FAQ

    Q. Are fritters sweet or savory?
    A. Fritters can be either sweet or savory. The base ingredient often determines which direction the fritter leans. Potatoes, zucchini, apples, bananas, fish, corn, and cheese can all be used to make fritters.

    Q. Are fritters a type of donut?
    A. Fritters, especially the sweet kind, are very similar to donuts. Where donuts are usually topped with sweet additions, bakers fold ingredients into fritters. Donuts are also cut into symmetrical shapes, while fritter batter is directly dropped into the oil for cooking.

  • SKYWARN® RECOGNITION DAY – First Saturday in December


    SKYWARN® Recognition Day acknowledges the contributions of public service volunteers who provide essential weather information as it’s happening. Each year on the first Saturday in December, the day honors those volunteers who pay attention when the wind picks up, or the sky turns dark. Their efforts keep their communities safer by communicating warnings to the National Weather Service. 


    The observance recognizes the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.

    Around the country, nearly 290,000 Skywarn® weather spotters volunteer their time. They identify severe weather that could potentially affect life and property. Spotters warn the National Weather Service of the threat of thunderstorms, tornados, and floods.

    Skywarn® spotters complete training through a variety of formats and communicate through amateur radio. As members of their community, they’re vital resources both locally and on a national basis.


    If you are a SKYWARN radio operator, you can participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day by visiting a National Weather Service office or by contacting other radio operators. To learn more about becoming a SKYWARN spotter, go to Use #SkywarnRecognitionDay to post on social media.


    The National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) created SKYWARN Recognition Day in 1999 to recognize the importance that amateur radio provides during severe weather. Many NWS offices acquire real-time weather information from amateur radio operators in the field. These operators, for example, may report the position of a tornado, the height of floodwaters, or damaging wind speeds during hurricanes. All of this information is critical to the mission of the NWS, which is to preserve life and property. The special day celebrates these contributions by amateur radio operators.

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  • NATIONAL MUTT DAY – July 31 and December 2

    NATIONAL MUTT DAY | December 2 and July 31

    National Mutt Day encourages us to embrace, save and celebrate mixed breed dogs twice a year on July 31st and December 2nd.


    Desperately longing for a new home, millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs in shelters wait for someone to come and adopt them. National Mutt Day provides an excellent opportunity to find the perfect canine companion. Despite the name, a mutt learns, obeys and trains much like purebred animals. While their lineage cannot be traced and their features a bit murky, their companionship will be faithful.  

    According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and often abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home. Whether you know it or not, their potential is limitless. Some of the benefits of adoption are often hidden. Human and canine both enjoy increased physical activity.  Another boost is social interaction through daily walks. While humans develop patience, their four-legged companion learns to trust and new limits. For example, as dogs explore the many scents of the human lifestyle,  they usually discover shoes are off-limits. 

    No matter the breed, size or demeanor of the human, er, canine, the shelter will take the time to find the right home for their animals. They schedule visits and have procedures in place to promote healthy adoptions for families and individuals. While some dogs experience injury or illness, the shelters work with veterinarians to heal the animals before making them available for adoption.

    Of course, shelters always welcome donations and volunteers. Dogs love walking, playing and being loved even if they haven’t found their forever home. Every moment they spend socializing increases their opportunity for adoption.


    Visit a shelter; if you are unable to adopt a dog, you can always volunteer. Post on social media using #NationalMuttDay and encourage others to join in.</span

    Want to learn more about mutts and dogs in general? Read 5 Facts About Dogs to learn more!


    Celebrity Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, founded National Mutt Day in 2005.  Celebrate the day on both December 2 and July 31 of each year. Learn more at

    Mutt FAQ

    Q. How many purebred dogs are found in shelters?
    A. Purebred numbers in shelters are significantly lower than mix-breed animals. A study by the National Animal Interest Alliance in 2015 found that only 5 percent of the dogs in shelters are purebred.

    Q. What are the most common purebred dogs found in shelters?
    A. The top two purebred dogs found in shelters are Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas.

    Q. Are there more mutts than purebreds in the United States?
    A. More than half of the dogs in the United States are mutts. Mars Veterinary conducted the first-ever National Mutt Census in 2010. The data collected revealed breed prominence, which purebreds were the most popular, and how owners care for their dogs. One notable result showed that 53 percent of the dogs in the United States are of mixed breed.




    On December 2nd, National Special Education Day recognizes changes in federal legislation that led to the nation’s first federal special education law. 


    Beginning in 1971, a U.S. District Court case in the District of Columbia, Mills v. Board of Education, ruled it unlawful to deny exceptional children, including those with mental and learning disabilities, publicly funded educational opportunities. Court cases like this led to the 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act. President Gerald Ford signed the legislation into law on November 29th, 1975. The federal legislation required states that accept federal money to provide equal access to children with disabilities. In 1986, legislators added protections to support parents and educators in creating an education plan for children with disabilities. Then, in 1990, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act was renamed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and improved access for all children with developmental delay. Through the years, the act has been enhanced to improve services and standards throughout the educational system.

    IDEA Impact

    IDEA made education available to all American children and this day honors the progress that has been made in special education. Before IDEA, many individuals with disabilities received little to no education. Schools were not required to make accommodations for children with disabilities. While some states offered special schools, the education and resources were not necessarily equal. Additionally, many parents couldn’t afford to send their children away to a special school.

    The law stipulated that children with disabilities had a right to the same free education that every other child had access to. Between the ages of 3 and 21, there are 13 different areas where children may qualify under the IDEA for services. IDEA was instrumental in increasing graduation rates for students with disabilities.

    IDEA resulted in many changes beyond bringing students equal education. The integration of students also helps to remove the stigma of disabilities. Another result of IDEA was the stimulation of technology for students with disabilities and for the classrooms. These technologies improved the education of all students. 


    Explore the history of the IDEA legislation and how it has impacted the lives of those with disabilities. Share how IDEA impacted your life or the life of a family member. Use #SpecialEducationDay to post on social media.


    Special Education Day was first celebrated in 2005 which was the 30th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. President Gerald Ford signed the law on November 29, 1975. 

    December 2nd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    Publisher, Gnome Press releases American author, Isaac Asimov’s collection of short stories titled I, Robot. In the collection, Asimov puts forth the Three Laws of Robotics for the first time.


    The Environmental Protection Agency begins operation.


    The first Jarvik-7 artificial heart is permanently implanted into Barney Clark by Dr. William C. Devries.


    Directed by David Zucker, the comedy The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, and O.J. Simpson premiered in theaters.

    December 2nd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Charles Ringling – 1863

    He was one of the brothers who owned the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

    Josephine Roche – 1886

    Roche was a woman of many firsts – the first policewoman in Colorado and running a major coal company. President Franklin Roosevelt also appointed the business leader and activist as the first woman Secretary of the Treasury.

    Charles H. Wesley – 1891

    Wesley was a noted historian of African American history. During his career wrote 24 books covering a broad selection of topics. He earned his doctorate degree from Harvard University, the third African American to do so.

    Gianni Versace – 1946

    In 1978, the Italian fashion designer founded Versace in Milan, Italy. The luxury fashion design house has an international reputation for quality apparel and leather accessories.



    Every year on December 2nd, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery draws attention to slavery that still exists in the world. This day also focuses on the eradication of contemporary slavery.
    Many Americans think of slavery as something from history. This type of slavery involved the ownership and forced labor of African Americans. The country put an end to this type of slavery in 1865.


    Unfortunately, however, slavery still exists. Today, modern slavery and human trafficking is a billion-dollar business. Global profits are believed to exceed $150 billion. According to the United Nations, slavery traps over 40 million people around the world. Modern slavery victimizes one in four children, globally. Additionally, victims of modern slavery experience unimaginable suffering.

    The primary forms of modern slavery include:

    • Forced labor – involves migrant workers who work in domestic servitude, agriculture, and the food and garment industry. Forced labor also includes prostitution.
    • Child labor – involves children used for economic exploitation. It also includes any instance when work deprives children of their childhood or interferes with their ability to attend school.
    • Trafficking – involves recruiting, transporting, forcing, or coercing individuals to exploit them in some way. It usually refers to prostitution but also includes labor, slavery, or servitude.

    Vulnerable groups in society are usually targeted for modern slavery. These groups include tribal minorities, indigenous peoples, and those who belong in a low caste. Victims also include those who can’t fight back. These victims are children, women, and those with mental illness or physical disability.


    Individuals and organizations share their thoughts on contemporary slavery through a variety of means. They write newspaper articles, blog posts, host informational seminars, exhibits, and presentations. Political leaders and activists encourage people to do their part to end modern slavery.

    To participate:

    • Learn how to spot a potential trafficking victim.
    • Become an informed consumer and don’t buy products or goods made by companies who enforce child labor or other types of slavery.
    • Support anti-trafficking efforts in your community.
    • Ask your local, state, and federal representatives what they are doing to end modern slavery.
    • Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization.
    • Listen to stories of those who survived modern slavery and human trafficking.
    • Watch a documentary on modern slavery, including Born into Brothels, The Storm Makers, and Slavery: a 21st Century Evil.

    Share awareness for this day on social media with #AbolitionOfSlaveryDay or #EndModernSlavery.


    On December 2, 1949, the UN adopted the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. In 1985, a UN report of the Working Group on Slavery recommended the proclamation of World Day for the Abolition of Slavery on December 2nd. The recommendation included all forms of slavery. By 1995, the world came to know the day as International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.