HUMBUG DAY – December 21

Humbug Day | December 21
(Last Updated On: December 19, 2022)


Humbug Day on December 21st recognizes the Ebenezers, the Scrooges, grinches, and curmudgeons who suck the joy out of the holiday season.


Sometimes, even the most joyous of us all get bitten by the hum-bug. Regardless, it’s essential to do our best to remember all those who suffer from it the most. Spread some joy their way and bring the holiday spirit into their lives. However, the day was created to express our frustrations, to let the Scrooge in all of us out, and let him reveal himself. Whether we declare it through a humbug or two or just avoid the people-y places, the day gives us a break from the hustle and bustle of activity that comes with the season.

It’s a stressful time of year for many reasons. Some of us may be lonely, and others may feel pressure to do more than is humanly possible. We may also set our own expectations quite high, too. As a result, the stresses of the holiday season pile up, leaving us feeling a bit like Scrooge.


The day is an excellent time to both express our Scrooginess and also take stock of our expectations. Perhaps there’s room to simplify this holiday and lessen our load. When we do, we might find a way to replenish our joy and spread a little, too. Use #HumbugDay to post on social media.

You can also look for 14 Ways to Foster Happiness in Your Life instead. It’s up to you.


Thomas and Ruth Roy at created Humbug Day.

Humbug FAQ

Q. What does Scrooge mean when he says “Bah. Humbug!”?
A. In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge’s oft-repeated phrase, “Bah. Humbug!” or “Humbug!” was used to show his disagreement or to deny what his eyes were seeing. Humbug was used seven times in the novella. However the combined phrase of “Bah. Humbug!” was only used twice. After Ebenezer’s visit with Marley’s ghost, “humbug” was never utter by the curmudgeonly old man again.

Q. Do other books use the word “humbug”?
A. Yes. In fact, it is used more often in Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz than it is in A Christmas Carol.

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