Month of Events - December 2023

Month of Events - December 2023

Explore the special days and themes for the month of December!

This calendar is a guide for you and your team to use as you plan meaningful internal events and activities virtually for the month of December.

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Month Themes: Endings and Beginnings

December is a busy time when everyone is wrapping up year-end tasks. It’s a great time to bring your team together and show appreciation for all of their hard work during the year. It’s also important to be mindful that your team members come from different religions, so it’s important to create events that are inclusive to all. 

December 1 - World AIDS Day ❤️‍🩹

World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, honoring those affected by the disease, and highlighting the importance of continued efforts in prevention, treatment, and support.

Idea: Organize a workplace fundraiser to support local HIV/AIDS organizations or research efforts. Consider charity runs, bake sales, or donation drives.

December 3 - International Day for People with Disabilities ♿

International Day for People with Disabilities aims to promote inclusivity and celebrate the contributions of individuals with disabilities. It's a day to raise awareness about disability rights, challenges, and achievements.

Idea: Host a workshop to educate employees about creating accessible environments, both physical and digital. Cover topics like accessible web design and the use of assistive technologies.

December 5 - International Volunteer Day 🤝

International Volunteer Day acknowledges the contributions of volunteers worldwide. It's an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteering on communities and encourage more people to get involved.

Idea: Host a Volunteer Registration Drive. Set up a registration station where employees can sign up for volunteer opportunities, either within the company's organized initiatives or with external organizations.

December 10 - Human Rights Day ✊🌍

Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It's a day to reflect on the importance of human rights, and advocate for justice, equality, and dignity for all.

Idea: Encourage employees to create and display art, photography, or other forms of creative expression that convey messages about human rights and social justice.

Or, organize volunteer activities or community service projects focused on supporting vulnerable populations or addressing human rights issues in the local area.

December 15 - National Ugly Sweater Day 👚🎄

National Ugly Sweater Day is a fun and festive holiday where people wear their most eccentric, quirky, and "ugly" holiday sweaters. It's all about embracing the holiday spirit with a sense of humor.

Idea: Set up a crafting station with various holiday-themed materials for employees to embellish their sweaters. Provide glitter, bows, ornaments, and more for added flair. You can then host a contest for whoever has the best ‘ugly’ sweaters! 

December 18 - International Migrants Day 🌍✈️

International Migrants Day recognizes the contributions and challenges faced by migrants worldwide. It's a day to promote awareness of migration issues, celebrate diversity, and advocate for migrant rights.

Idea: Invite employees to bring in dishes from their home countries or cultural backgrounds to create a diverse and inclusive international potluck.

December 21 - First Day of Winter ❄️☃️

The First Day of Winter marks the official start of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere. It's an occasion to celebrate winter traditions, cozy up with warm drinks, and enjoy the beauty of the season.

Idea: Set up a hot cocoa station with a variety of toppings like whipped cream, marshmallows, and flavored syrups for employees to enjoy throughout the day.

Or, transform the workplace with winter-themed decorations such as snowflakes, icicles, and cozy blankets to create a festive atmosphere.

December 24 - Christmas Eve ⛪🎄

Christmas Eve is a festive occasion that falls on the evening before Christmas Day. It's a time for families and friends to gather, exchange gifts, attend religious services, and share in the joy of the holiday season.

Idea: Host a Christmas-themed potluck lunch where employees bring their favorite holiday dishes to share with colleagues.

Or, prepare goodie bags filled with small holiday treats and well wishes for each employee to take home and enjoy on Christmas Eve.

December 25 - Christmas 🎅🎁

Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. It's a time for gift-giving, festive decorations, feasting, and spending quality time with loved ones.

Idea: Arrange a Secret Santa gift exchange where employees draw names and anonymously exchange small gifts with their coworkers.

December 26 - Kwanzaa Begins🕯️

Kwanzaa is an African-American cultural holiday that spans seven days. It celebrates principles such as unity, self-determination, and cooperative economics. Families come together to light the Kinara (candleholder) and exchange meaningful gifts.

Idea: Host a Kinara lighting ceremony on the first day of Kwanzaa, with each candle representing one of the seven principles (Nguzo Saba). Invite employees to participate and explain the significance of each principle.

December 31 - New Year’s Eve 🎉🍾

New Year's Eve marks the end of the current year and the anticipation of the year ahead. It's celebrated with parties, fireworks, and countdowns to midnight, often accompanied by resolutions and aspirations for the coming year.

Idea: Host a year-in-review presentation where leaders or employees highlight the company's achievements, milestones, and memorable moments from the past year.

Or, provide supplies for employees to create vision boards with their personal and professional goals, dreams, and aspirations for the upcoming year.

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