When we think of December, we think of it as the holiday season. Though most Americans are familiar with Christmas, there are several other holidays that take place in this winter month. Read on for links to learn more about them.
Word of the month: Nostalgia: a longing for something past. When the stores started putting out winter holiday displays, Cindy's mom said she felt nostalgic for when she was a kid.
1 It's Jan Brett' s birthday. Read Who's that Knocking on Christmas Eve, or another book!
2 It's David Macaulay 's birthday. Watch his 2002 TED talk: An Illustrated Journey through Rome  about his book Rome Antics.
5 It's Walt Disney 's Birthday. Check out a Disney movie or story today.
6 St. Nicholas Day  Learn about this popular holiday from Europe.
7 Pearl Harbor  Day. Learn about the day the United States got involved in World War II.
8 Hanukkah  begins at sunset. Learn about this Jewish holiday.
9 It's Jean de Brunhoff 's birthday. Read a story about Babar the Elephant.
12 Poinsettia Day 
13 Santa Lucia Day  Learn about this holiday with roots in Scandinavia and Sicily.
16 Las Posadas  Dec 16-24 Learn about this popular holiday from Mexico.
17 The modern Christmas card  got its start in 1843.
19 It's Eve Bunting 's birthday.
21 Winter Begins  Learn about cultures that celebrated the winter solstice.
29 Did you know? On this day in 1852 Emma Snodgrass was arrested  in Boston for wearing pants.
30 It's Rudyard Kipling 's birthday
31 New Years Eve
Q: Why is Prancer always wet?
A: Because he's a rain-deer.