Once again, a list of days, weeks and months that are scheduled during December.  If your organisation is aligned to any of these, make sure you jump on the bandwagon and get some benefit from the increased awareness at the time in question. Religious observances are also listed, so that you can mark those that are appropriate to your organisation and the people you work with.

Whole month of December


Men are invited to ditch their razor and let their beard grow. If they already have a beard, they could dye, ditch or decorate their beard and join the campaign to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer by championing early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care. Find out more at Decembeard.


1 – 7 December

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week

Crohn’s Disease and Colitis are invisible illnesses, where a person may look OK on the outside, but may face a daily struggle with symptoms such as pain, extreme fatigue and urgency to use the toilet. It takes guts to talk about these conditions, and this week aims to raise awareness and money that will help the charity to achieve a better quality of life for those affected by the conditions, improve services and ultimately – find a cure.
For more info see the Crohn’s and Colitis website.

2 – 8

National Grief Awareness Week

A week to raise awareness of all aspects of grief and loss on a national scale, and to offer access to a choice of tailored bereavement support to all those grieving in the UK and to those working with the bereaved.
See the Good Grief Trust website for more details.



3 December

Giving Tuesday, Action Aid

Giving Tuesday is an international day of donating, volunteering and other forms of giving. It follows two shopping days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and is a chance to give back to causes that are close to our hearts.  Last year over £7.8 million was donated online to UK charities.
See the Giving Tuesday website.

10 December

Human Rights Day

This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
See the page on the United Nations Website.

13 December

Christmas Jumper Day

Wear a Christmas jumper and help support Save the Children.
See the Christmas Jumper Day website.

18 December

International Migrants Day 

A United Nations day, to acknowledge that migration is a fact of life, and has been for millennia, often to the benefit of the countries and areas to which the migrants travel.
The UN web page is out of date, but the I Am A Migrant website is fascinating.

21 December

Yule, Winter Solstice

Held sacred by Pagan and Wiccan tradition.  Shortest day of the year and the longest night.

23-30 December

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights

An 8-day Jewish celebration that commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following the Maccabean Revolt.

25 December

Christmas Day

Commemorating the birth of Christ in the Christian tradition. A Bank Holiday in the UK, together with 26 December, Boxing Day.

26 December to 1 January


Meaning first-fruits in Swahili, Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of harvest, heritage and family, for the African diaspora.  See more on the Official Kwanzaa website.