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December 2022 Literary Calendar

Events in the month of December for writers and readers

Read a New Book Month (also September)

Famous December Birthdays


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June 2022 Literary Calendar

Events in the month of June for writers and readers

Audiobook Appreciation Month

GLBT Book Month

  • June 1 – Global Day of Parents; Global Running Day; National Pen Pal Day; National Say Something Nice Day; World Reef Awareness Day
  • June 3 – National Egg Day
  • June 4 – National Cheese Day; National Hug Your Cat Day
  • June 5 – National Cancer Survivor’s Day; National Donut Day; National Gingerbread Day; World Environment Day
  • June 8 – National Best Friend’s Day; World Oceans Day
  • June 10 – Ball Point Pen Day
  • June 11 – Global Wellness Day
  • June 12 – Anne Frank’s Birthday
  • June 14 – Bourbon Day; World Blood Donor Day
  • June 15 – National Photography Day; World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
  • June 16 – Bloomsday (celebration of Irish writer James Joyce’s life); National Fudge Day
  • June 17 –  World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  • June 19 – Father’s Day (U.S.)
  • June 20 – World Refugee Day
  • June 21 – Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere); Winter Solstice (Southern Hemisphere)
  • June 22 – Octavia Butler’s Birthday; World Rainforest Day
  • June 23 – National Hydration Day; Typewriter patent awarded (1868)
  • June 25 – Eric Carle’s Birthday
  • June 27 – Helen Keller’s Birthday; National PTSD Awareness Day
  • June 29 – Hug Holiday; National Camera Day
  • June 30 – National Handshake Day; National Work from Home Day; World Social Media Day

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Have a Creepy Victorian Christmas

We have so many reasons to be thankful for the times in which we live: air conditioning, television, cell phones, cars, and no creepy Victorian-era Christmas cards.  It may be difficult to imagine, but our ancestors of the 19th and early 20th centuries either had a distorted idea of what the yuletide season is supposed to represent or they had too much alcohol and not enough sex.

Whatever was wrong with them, we can undoubtedly determine their bizarre mindsets from a glance at some of their holiday cards.  I mean…what reasonable person would glean Christmas joy from images of dead birds and dancing frogs?  Then again, look who’s talking!

“May Christmas be Merry” (19th-century)

“May yours be a Joyful Christmas”

“May all jollity ‘lighten’ your Christmas hours”
“A Happy Christmas” (1900)
“Greetings from Krampus”
“Absent friends [natives], may we soon see them again! A merry Christmas to you” (1876)
“A hearty Christmas greeting: Four jovial froggies / a skating would go; / They asked their mamma, / but she’d sternly said, ‘No!’ / And they all came to grief in a beautiful row. / There’s a sweet Christmas moral for one not too slow. / Just so!”
The red ants have a flag that reads: “The compliments of the season”

“I have come to greet you” (Inside it says: “Loving Christmas greetings, may smiling faces ring around your glowing hearth this Christmas day, may fun and merriment abound, and all your world be glad and gay”)
“Best wishes for Christmas”
“A happy Christmas”
“So please excuse this impecunious card, As all I’m good for is a used up.”
Christmas card by Wilhelm Larsen (c. 1890)
“Every good wish for your Christmas”
“A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” (1876)
“A happy Christmas to you”
“Wishing you a merry Christmas” (featuring a goldfinch, bee, and cricket)
“Merry Christmas” (Christmas pudding-themed card)
“With many merry Christmas greetings”
A Victorian snowman
“Here’s a crow for Christmas”
An example of one of the first Australian Christmas cards

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Happy Winter Solstice!


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December 21, 2012 · 7:34 PM

Picture of the Day

Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and his fiancée Claudia Fernandez (fourth and fifth from left) marked the winter solstice with the Aymara people in Tiahuanaco, Bolivia, on June 21, 2012.  Photo courtesy Aizar Raldes, Agence France-Presse.

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