December 2022
Awareness Days

Looking for inspiration for your next marketing or social media campaign? Then check out this list of National, International and World awareness days for December 2022.

We’ve included a mix of serious and not so serious awareness days to give you flexibility with your messaging and lot’s of inspiration to your next campaign.

December is a very busy month with the build up to Christmas Day but there are plenty of other days and events to focus on beside that.

The whole month is dedicated to being a Month of Giving to make a difference in your society and National Volunteers month. On the fun side of things, it’s National Cat Lovers month and Operation Santa Paws as well as National Tie Month.

We hope you have a great month and find something to help you promote your business or just help enhance the festivities.

 

1st December

Tree Dressing Day

If you’ve not done it already you could dress your Christmas tree today.

But, if it’s still too early to get into the Christmas spirit then maybe just take part in the age-old tradition of tying strips of cloth to trees in your local area and celebrate the role trees play in our communities.

Don’t forget to open day 1 of your advent calendar too.

 

2nd December

Elf Day

Release your inner Elf today and don your best Elf costume.

The day is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society and is aimed to raise funds to beat dementia but also to get you in the Christmas spirit. You can get fundraising kits from the Alzheimers Society if you really want to make it a full-on Elf Day at work or school or in your local community.

A note re your lunch today, Elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup!

 

3rd December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Do you offer a product or service that helps the estimated 1 billion people living with a disability worldwide? If so, then today’s the perfect day to shout about it.

Plus, it’s also the perfect day to make sure your marketing and website designs are accessible to all.

 

3rd December

Small Business Saturday

With businesses big and small vying for your cash on Black Friday it can be easy to forget about Small Business Saturday, but you shouldn’t.

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and every penny spent makes a huge difference to every person in that business, not just the big wigs at the top. So, make sure you visit your local high street and support your local small businesses.

 

4th December

World Wildlife Conservation Day

Climate change and nature loss go hand in hand, and one can’t be tackled without tackling the other.

Every single one of us has the power to act on these crises. We can make changes to our lifestyles at home, but we can also put pressure on governments and business and insist that they deliver on their climate promises.

Our world’s best-loved, beautiful, and fascinating species are being slaughtered, in some cases to extinction. Criminal gangs and networks want animal parts and products that, for reasons no sane person really understands, are worth lots of money.

With habitat destruction and climate change on the increase our wildlife is threatened from all directions.

So, why not use today to also set up a regular donation to a conservation charity like the WWF. Plus, you could make your garden more wildlife-friendly with plants for pollinators, wild corners, trees, bug hotels, bird boxes and more.

 

5th December

Day of the Ninja and International Volunteers Day

As a modern-day Ninja, it’s all about getting in and out with that voluntary act of kindness before anyone spots you.

 

5th December

World Soil Day

Get down and dirty with the earth today.

Worldwide, our soil is in such a bad state, The loss of nutrients in the soil is one of the biggest problems for food security and sustainability all around the world but there are things you can do locally to help. Things like making a rainwater garden (google it), leaving the leaves on the ground, or installing a rainwater barrel for use on your lawn rather than treated tap water.

Oh, and try and reduce the amount of driveway and patio areas you have – bring back the wild garden!

 

8th December

Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day

Would you go back or forward in time? What would our ancestors think of all the inventions and technology we take for granted these days? And what will future generations think of what we’re doing to the planet now?

 

8th December

Christmas Jumper Day

The only day you can get away with wearing a terrible jumper! Ok, not all Christmas jumpers are terrible but they’re not far off. All proceeds go to Save The Children, and yes, you do need to pay to wear that jumper.

 

9th December

Christmas Card Day

The tradition for sending cards is dwindling but if you’re still a card sender then you’d better get them written and sent as time’s running out.

Could be a good day to check any stamps you have hanging around at home or work as they’re changing from the 31st January. Any stamps without the new barcode won’t be valid so use up those old ones quickly or you can swap them by completing a ‘Swap Out’ form and sending them to a Royal Mail Freepost address.

 

10th December

Human Rights Day

Since its inception in 1948 Human Rights Day has been a day to recognise the huge steps made, and being made, to protect the rights of every human across the globe.

 

11th December

International Mountain Day

Kakadu HQ is in the relatively flat lands of Lincolnshire, so we love it when we get the chance to head to the mountains. There’s something about their majesty that really helps the mind and body. Celebrate mountains today and if you’re lucky enough to live close to one try to get out and enjoy it today..

 

12th December

Poinsettia Day

Why or how did Poinsettia’s become such a staple of Christmas?

 

13th December

World Violin Day

What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle? Nothing, physically. Musically violins are typically used for classical music and fiddles for country, bluegrass & folk.

Whatever your preference just listen today, simple!

 

14th December

Monkey Day

Many species of primates are endangered. There are also serious questions of animal rights and the usage of primates in medical research.

That’s why there’s Monkey Day, a day that’s been dedicated to raising awareness about non-human primates.

Learn something about our closest, and coolest ancestors today or just spend the day monkeying around.

 

14th December

National Postal Workers Day

It’s not just your local postie we celebrate today but the clerks behind the counter, the mail sorters, truck drivers and all the other people who enable our post to reach us safely, in all weathers.

There are over 120,000 in the UK and this is probably the busiest time of the year for them so show some appreciation today.

 

15th December

Cat Herders Day

Not really about cats but a day for all of you who are struggling with that seemingly impossible task. Or a job that is a continual uphill battle that just seems like trying to herd cats.

Take a moment and give yourself a break. You’ve got this.

 

16th December

Re-gifting Day

Originating in Colorado, this is one of the lesser-known holidays but one we think is worth observing in the name of reducing waste.

The origin of the holiday came from office workers who were given gifts that they didn’t really want but didn’t want to throw away. They re-gifted their present to someone who would want it and make good use of it.

Just make sure you note who gave it to you so you don’t re-gift it back to them in a couple of weeks!

 

17th December

Panic Saturday

The last major shopping day before everything starts to shut down and the festivities begin. It’s expected that Brits will spend £1.2 billion just today on shopping. WOW…

 

18th December

Answer the phone like Buddy the Elf Day

Today is the day to channel your inner Buddy (again!).

Wear green and answer the phone like Buddy –
‘Buddy the Elf, what’s your favourite colour?’

 

19th December

Look for an Evergreen Day

Maybe you can use this day to choose your Christmas tree. But we think it would be better to take the opportunity to go out and familiarize yourself with the other types of evergreens in your area, and discover that these regal giants are around you all year.

 

20th December

Games Day

When was the last time you sat down with your friends or family for an evening of fun? If you can’t remember, that means it’s time to do just that.

 

21st December

Winter Solstice Day

Officially the start of Winter with the shortest day and longest night of the year. Don’t get rid of those terrible Christmas jumpers just yet.

 

23rd December

Complete Panic Shopping Day

Seriously! Even after we reminded you about Panic Saturday you still haven’t finished your shopping…

 

24th December

Christmas Eve

Just one more sleep!

 

25th December

Christmas Day

Eat, sleep, drink, repeat! Merry Christmas.

 

26th December

Boxing Day

Or Overs day. Can’t beat a good leftovers buffet on Boxing day accompanied by some TV bingeing or a board game.

 

28th December

Card Playing Day

If you’re not fed up with board games and charades by now, then dig out a pack of cards and spend an hour or two trying to remember how to play that awesome card game someone taught you once upon a time!

 

31st December

New Years Eve/Hogmanay

One more evening of excess and then all the resolutions for 2022 can start in the morning. Good luck!

We hope this has given you a few lightbulb moments and lots of inspiration for your next social media and marketing campaigns.
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