The second Saturday in December is International Shareware Day. Shareware is offered on the honor system - if you use a program and choose to keep it, you're expected to make a donation to the programmer. Today, in the spirit of giving, send a check to a programmer and make their day.
Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales is a phantom holiday floating around on many holiday sites. The holiday, supposedly an Inuit tradition, is unknown to Inuit experts. It's an intriguing idea for a festival, however, and for the sake of completeness I'm including it here.
The second Saturday in December is the Day of the Horse, celebrating the role horses have played in the history and economy of the United States.
December 10th is Dewey Decimal System Day honoring the birth date of Melvil Dewey. He created the numerical classification of books used by libraries, known as the Dewey Decimal System.
Nobel Day brings the awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
The United Nations promotes Human Rights Day on December 10th. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes, "Human rights belong to every one of us without exception. But unless we know them, unless we demand they be respected, and unless we defend our right - and the right of others - to exercise them, they will be just words in a decades-old document."
If you're worn out from this season's holiday prep, prop up your feet and have a cold one in honor of National Lager Day. Cheers!
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