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National Cookie Day on December 4th serves up a sweet treat. Bakers across the country warm up the ovens for holiday baking, and we enjoy giving tins of cookies to friends and family all season long. 
We can thank the Dutch for more than windmills and tulips. The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word koekie, meaning “little cake.”
Hard cookie-like wafers have existed for as long as baking has been documented. Not surprisingly, they traveled well, too. However, they were usually not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern-day standards.

The origin of the cookie appears to begin in Persia in the 7th century, soon after the use of sugar became common in the region. They then spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain. Cookies were common at all levels of society throughout Europe by the 14th century, from the royal cuisine to the street vendors. 

Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century. Macaroons and gingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies.

In most English-speaking countries outside of North America, the most common word for cookie is “biscuit.”  In some regions, both terms, cookies, and biscuits are used.

Cookies are classified into different categories, with the most common ones being:

Bar cookies – Drop cookies – Filled cookies
Molded cookies – No bake cookies
Pressed cookies – Refrigerator cookies
Rolled cookies – Sandwich cookies

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCookieDay

Pick up some cookies at your local bakery. Remember to share some of your cookies with your family and friends! A great way to get started is by making a list of your favorite cookies to bake and enjoy. Then organize your baking tools and start your assembly line.

First Place Coconut Macaroons
Gingerbread Cookies

Use #NationalCookieDay to post on social media.


In 1976, Sesame Street included National Cookie Day on its calendar for the first time on November 26th. The Cookie Monster also proclaimed his own National Cookie Day in the 1980 book The Sesame Street Dictionary.  

Then in 1987, Matt Nader of the Blue Chip Cookie Company out of San Francisco created Cookie Day, celebrating it on December 4th.



National Sock Day on December 4th recognizes the rarest of all lasting unities, the marriage of matched socks. When they manage to find each other, wash after wash, dry after to dry, it’s time to celebrate!

The founders of the celebration turned the tables on other sock holidays. Such individualism generated was out of control. Days like National No Sock Day on May 8th and National Lost Sock Day (for shame!) on May 9th were rebels.

In an effort to promote lasting sock matches, the observance dedicated the day to all pairs, even the tiny baby socks who manage to stay paired. We don’t know if it’s animal magnetism (static cling) or chemistry (something in the detergent), these sock pairs deserve recognition!

The day honors all matches made in laundromantic-matrimony. No color, style or size will be turned away. Argyle to tube socks, knee highs, and fuzzy slipper socks – if they keep finding their mate over and over, this National Day wiggles its toes in their honor!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSockDay

Do your socks match? If they do, celebrate them! You can also go shopping for a new pair of shiny new matching socks. They can be baby socks or grown-up socks. It doesn’t matter. Make them fun, colorful socks. Stripes or polka dots, argyle or geometric shapes. Either way, we want to see your beautifully matched mates. Share your rare pairs of socks by using #NationalSockDay on social media.


Pair of Thieves founded National Sock Day on December 4th to warm our toes with the commemoration of two toe-tapping historical events that happened on this day. 

In 1954, the final curtain fell on the first revival of the Broadway musical On Your Toes. The Rogers and Hammerstein production first made its debut in 1936. It was unique in that it incorporated ballet with a traditional musical genre. The popular musical was revived in 1984. 

The second historical event occurred in 1991. On the stage of the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee the Judds took the stage for their final concert. For years, the mother-daughter duo had kept country music lovers two-stepping. Following the concert, daughter Wynonna continued a solo career. From time to time, as Wynonna’s career resumed successfully, mother Naomi would join her on stage. However, the Murphy Center concert is still considered the Judd’s final show.

In October of 2016, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the celebration to be observed annually.

National Bartender Day - First Friday in December


National Bartender Day recognizes the servers who not only know every cocktail in the book but who also tend to be some of the best listeners around. Also known as National Bartender Appreciation Day, the observance takes a day to raise a toast to the men and women working the late nights. Their minds contain an index of creative cocktails and mixed drinks to quench their patron’s thirst.

The best bartenders keep an eye out for their clientele. They bring us in with some of the best chili and snacks. Then, they keep us coming back all year long with football, baseball, and hockey. Some make a home in dive bars where everyone knows each other. Others keep us company in airport bars as we’re passing through.

At the pub or our favorite restaurant, they keep the bar stocked and ready to serve. Whether it’s a shot, a craft beer or club soda, they are prepared to pour. You know who we’re talking about. And at the end of the night, at closing time, they offer taxis and rideshares, too. Then it’s time to clean up and start all over again.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBartenderDay

Show your bartender some appreciation. Tip them extra well. Be the designated driver for your group. Accept the taxi when it’s offered. Make their job a little bit easier. As always, remember never to drink and drive. Use #NationalBartenderDay to share on social media.


Sailor Jerry Rum founded Bartender Appreciation Day in 2011 to honor the hard-working bartenders everywhere.NATIONAL DICE DAY – December 4



Each year on December 4th, National Dice Day recognizes an ancient gaming tool. Many games incorporate dice as a way to add random challenges or obstacles to the objectives.  

Players typically throw dice onto a flat surface from their hands or a cup. The uppermost face of the die after it comes to rest determines the value of the throw. One popular dice game is craps where wagers are made on the total value of the throw of the dice. Frequently used in board games, players use dice to randomize their moves, commonly by deciding the distance a piece will move on a board. Favorite board games using dice include backgammon and Monopoly.

The origin of dice is uncertain. However, it is known that they have been around for thousands of years.  At the Burnt City, an archaeological site in south-eastern Iran, archaeologists unearthed the oldest known dice as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set.

Players originally made dice from the talus (ankle bone) of hoofed animals. They also used ivory, wood, and plastics in making dice. Dice also come in many shapes and colors. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDiceDay

Play a game using dice. Or hang those fuzzy dice on the rear-view mirror. If you have two dies, you might be in pair o’ dice. Use #NationalDiceDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this ancient gaming device.

FAUX FUR FRIDAY – First Friday in December


Faux Fur Friday, observed on the first Friday in December, provides a stylish way to wear and buy faux fur.

Also known as fake fur, the textile made its debut in 1929. Initially made from alpaca wool, faux fur increased in quality as synthetic fibers became available. The fibers not only allowed for more variety and texture, but they also provided warmth. While the neo fur didn’t breath as well as animal fur, nor did it insulate as well, it lasted longer. Animal fur required refrigeration to avoid degrading. 

Whether you call it fake, imitation or simulated, faux fur has found a place in fashion. Designers use it as an accent on clothing. They also create decor and entire ensembles. Faux fur comes in every color imaginable, too. 


Throw a faux fur style show or shop for a faux fur deal. Wrap yourself in a soft, furry throw or poncho. Add some faux fur to a denim jacket or jazz up pillow in your room. Share your faux fur secrets and use #FauxFurFriday to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this awareness day.

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December 4th History


The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, The Grange for short, was established following the Civil War to bring organized and cooperative farming to a national level. Seven men and one woman founded the first fraternal organization in New York and further memberships opened across the country.


Nathan Cole Jr. and Thomas Gardiner published the first edition of the Los Angeles Daily Times, known today as the Los Angeles Times. By 1882, Harrison Gray Ottis would take over the editing of the paper.


President Woodrow Wilson becomes the first US president to travel to Europe while in office. He sailed to France for the World War I peace talks in Versailles.


Space shuttle Endeavor with a crew of six launched from Kennedy Space Center on the first mission to begin assembling the International Space Station.

Recipe of the Day

Coconut Walnut Energy Bites
Prep: 15 minutes
Total Prep:  15 minutes


20 Medjool dates, pitted
2 cups walnut pieces
1 teaspoon spirulina 
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/4 cup for coating


Place walnuts, dates, hemp seeds, spirulina, and 1/4 cup of coconut into food processor and mix until it becomes sticky and starts to form a ball (around 2 minutes). Take dough from food processor and form 1-inch balls. Roll the balls into the remaining coconut to coat them. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Recipes from the Coconut Coalition of the Americas

December 4th Birthdays

Chester Greenwood – 1858

On March 13, 1877, a young Greenwood received patent No. 188,292 for his earmuff invention.

George A. Hormel – 1860

In 1891, the American businessman founded Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in Austin, MN. His understanding of the meatpacking industry led to innovations that served the Hormel company well.

Edith Cavell – 1865

During World War I, the British nurse served in German-occupied Belgium. She provided care to both Belgian and German soldiers during the occupation. German authorities later arrested Cavell, accusing her of aiding British and French POWs to escape. Cavell admitted to the charges and was found guilty. The Germans executed Cavell on October 13, 1915.

Jeanne Manford – 1920

In 1973, Manford created the support network now known as PFLAG to support her son Morty Manford and gay rights efforts.

Jay Z – 1969

Born Shawn Corey Carter, the Grammy award-winning rapper, has received critical and popular acclaim since his debut album, Reasonable Doubt.

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Whether they are enjoyed fresh off the tree or as a preserve, pears add significant nutritional benefits to any diet. In the United States, there are ten varieties of pears. They range in…READ MORE.

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