• Merrick Wells

The First of December

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

December 1st : Themes for celebration and contemplation

As December gets underway, we all know that we are now in the countdown to Christmas, otherwise known as Advent. This will probably mean a daily chocolate treat as we feel our excitement and anticipation for Christmas Day growing.

If you are looking for some themes and points of interest to add to your advent countdown, the Bulldogz Christmas spirit is in full flow and we can provide you with some of the fun, serious and little known points of celebration for each day on this magical countdown.

December 1

Antarctica Day

Inaugurated in 2010 to celebrate the signing of the Antarctic treaty on December 1st 1959 for "the interests of science and progress of all mankind". This celebration was initiated by the Foundation for Good Governance of International Spaces as an annual event to build global awareness of this effort for peace and hope for the future.

The British Antarctic Survey have a collection of teaching resources on Antarctic and the Antarctic treaty here

Clark Kent's Birthday

If you want to launch a nerd argument this is a perfect point of contention. December the 1st is stated as Clark Kent's birthday in Superman: Secret Origins (2009) but it seems the Man of Steel has multiple birthdays to choose, as listed and discussed at great length in this DC Multiverse article.

Rosa Parks Day

Rosa Parks is the American civil rights activist who famously refused to move to the back of the bus on December 1 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. In California and Missouri the holiday to honour her is on her birthday February 4th. In Ohio and Oregon it is celebrated on the day of her arrest, December 1st.

The BBC have a lesson and teaching resources here

World Aids Day

World Aids Day was founded in 1988, the first global health day of awareness. People can wear the red ribbon to show support and events take place on a local level world wide.

The American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention have a resource toolkit page here.

Cider Monday

One of those curious American trends that has emerged in retaliation to the increasing frenzied Cyber Monday. Bookshops started to encourage people to come into their stores and enjoy a glass of cider and avoid the cyber sales.

Cyber Monday

A marketing term to promote sales for the Monday after Thanksgiving in America, encouraging people to shop online. Despite belief that the idea was created in China, the term was first coined by Ellen Davis in 2005 after reading 2004 research that identified the day was the biggest online shopping days of the year.

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