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Theme for December 2015: Stand Up for Yourself and Others

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 1, 2015

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “Theme for December 2015:  Stand Up for Yourself and Others” by Linda M. Andersen

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen. Quozio Poster site.

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen. Quozio Poster site.

December is a time to think of others.  In the poster above, I chose to spotlight days that represent the theme “Stand Up for Yourself and Others.” (Awards selected by me for this site only.)  As much as possible, the suggested activities below apply to that theme.

December is…

  • Bingo’s Birthday Month  Have you ever played Bingo?  Word Bingo and other versions of the game may be played to reinforce learning.  Church bingo has helped raised money for the needy and other causes.  Sometimes, it’s just played for fun and a chance to win a prize.  What games do you like to play?

 Special Weeks in December:

  • Cookie Cutter Week: 1-7 Decorate with old cookie cutters or use them to bake for others. A recent article in my local newspaper told of a woman who shared her love of baking with homeless individuals. How can you help others with baked goods this holiday season?
Cookie Press, biscuit cutters, cookie cutters. Copyright 2012 Linda Andersen

Cookie Press, biscuit cutters, cookie cutters. Copyright 2012 Linda Andersen

  • National Hand Washing Awareness Week: 6-12 Practice good hand washing practices to help prevent sickness this winter. What other good health practices can you name?
  • Computer Science Education Week: 7-13 Name ways computers can be used to help others.  Recently a local newspaper featured a family with special medical needs and a charity drive. The article was also appeared on Facebook.  This is one way computer science can help those in need.  What are other ways? Talk with your family about this or use it as a writing prompt.
  • Christmas Bird Count Week: 14-1/5 Sing of happiness. Sing of joy. Birds sing no matter the season. Let’s do the same.   Often, people who are sick or lonely enjoy watching and listening to birds.  Some nursing homes have feeders outside patients’ windows. 
  • Kwanzaa: 26-1/1 Kwanzaa is a “celebration of family, community, and culture.”  How can Kwanzaa help teach the theme of “Stand Up for Yourself and Others?”  Read more about Kwanzaa here:  http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml

Special Days in December…

  • Basketball Day: 1 Earlier this year, I read a newspaper article about Austin Lehmann, a PE teacher who had set a goal to make a million free-throw shots.  He achieved his goal.  Mr. Lehmann encourages his students to set and reach goals of their own.  Read more here:  http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/cumberland-county-pe-teacher-hits-millionth-basketball-shot/article_fc45d374-d5ab-5624-b57a-67ebd828d9f3.html
  • What goals can you set to help yourself?  To help others? 
  • Day With(out) Art Day: 1 Art tells a story, often without words. How can art be used to help others?
  • Rosa Parks Day: 1 Tell how Rosa Parks stood up for herself and others.
  • Giving Tuesday: 1 Name ways you can help others without spending money. What can you give?
  • Special Education Day: 2 Do you know anyone with special needs? Name ways we are alike. What can be done to help with any differences?
  • International Day of Persons With Disabilities: 3 Name types of disabilities. Are handicaps the same as disabilities? What can you do to help someone you know with disabilities? Ask an adult to discuss this with you.
  • National Cookie Day: 4 Children in my church gathered on Veterans Day and baked cookies for Wounded Warriors. What could you and friends do for a special group with needs?
  • World Wildlife Conservation Day: 4 Learn about programs for wildlife rescue or other programs to help wildlife.
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: 7 Read and study about this day in history. What is a way to help heal these wounds?
  • National Cotton Candy Day: 7 Thoughts of cotton candy at fairs, circuses, and festivals brings smiles. How can you bring smiles to others?
  • Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day: 8 If you could travel back to an earlier time in your life, what time would that be and why? Was something special done for you? What is something special you could do in the future for someone else?
  • Nobel Prize Day: 10 Nobel Peace Prize is the one I chose to spotlight.  Awards are presented for other categories.  Can you name other categories?  If your teacher says, “That’s Nobel Prize behavior,” what does she mean? 
  • National Cocoa Day: 12 Do you like a cup of hot chocolate? By the fire? On a hayride? Other times? What made this a special time? How can you help others enjoy special times?
  • National Re-gifting Day: 17 What does it mean to re-gift? If I give you a good laugh, could you do the same for someone else? Would this be an example of re-gifting? Can you re-gift items other than purchased presents?
  • Wright Brothers Day: 17 What gift did the Wright Brothers give to the world? Name ways that flight has brought joy to others.
  • International Migrants Day: 18 What is a migrant worker? What are some ways people have stood up for migrants? What ways have people helped migrant workers?
  • National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day: 18 Some people have parties where guests wear an ugly Christmas sweater. At other events, guests may be asked to bring canned goods for the needy as an admission fee. What are other ways to remember those in need while partying?
  • Underdog Day: 18 What is an underdog? List ways you can help an underdog.  Could the needy be considered as underdogs? 
  • Poet Laureate Day: 20 Research for names of poet laureates. Can you name a poet who writes about showing concern for others.
  • World Day of Prayer and Action for Children: 20 “Working to create a world where children are free from violence.”  Read more here:  https://prayerandactionforchildren.org/
  • Crossword Puzzle Day: 21 Consider creating a crossword puzzle about caring for the needy. Check this site for help: www.puzzlemaker.com
  • Humbug Day: 21 What does “humbug” mean? Who made this word famous? When might someone use this word when asked to help with charities?
  • National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day: 21 Read about this day here:  http://nationalhomeless.org/about-us/projects/memorial-day/
  • World Peace Day/Winter Solstice: 21 What would world peace look like? How can you stand up for peace?
  • Christmas: 25 Many people donate to a charity at Christmas. What other ways can you help the needy?
  • Boxing Day: 26 (Canada) I recently saw a rerun of a MASH television program where people were participating in Boxing Day. On this day, people trade jobs with someone. This reminds me of “walking in someone else’s shoes.”  Do you think job trade for a day could be helpful?  In what way, if any?
  • National Candy Cane Day: 26  Read The Legend of the Candy Cane here:  http://www.spanglercandy.com/our-brands/candy-canes/legends
  • National Thank-you Note Day: 26 Do you write thank-you notes? Who do you need to thank for a gift? Have you ever received a thank-you note?
  • Visit The Zoo Day: 27 What is your favorite animal? Read about animals you like to visit. Visit the zoo if you can. This time of year, could be too cold for some animals to be outside.  Spending time at the zoo brings pleasure to many. 
  • New Years Eve: 31 How will you spend New Years Eve? Do you have a goal(s) set for 2016?
  • Universal Hour of Peace Day: 31 An hour of peace is doable. What will you do to keep the peace in your life for an hour? 
  • World Peace Meditation Day: 31 Plan a day with peace as the goal. What things will you do differently? Could you continue to do these things beyond the day?

For archived activities for December, see here:




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10 Responses to “Theme for December 2015: Stand Up for Yourself and Others”

  1. “Stand up for others” month. Great theme!

  2. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    What an incredible list of great things to do to help others! When you help others, you also help yourself. So it’s a win-win situation for all. You are continuously doing things to help others. You are fun, creative, and resourceful! Thank you.

    Never Give Up

  3. Linda, such a wonderful and uplifting post in that there are so many important items that require self-sacrifice…giving to others. Day 20 – caught my attention. It’s so important to lift up the children in prayer. I love your table runner and the positivity you share through your blog. And as Christmas is only 24 days away I say, “Merry Christmas to you and your dear hubby.” 🙂

    • Tracy,
      You know how to uplift a person’s spirits. Thanks for the compliments on my table runner and on the nature of my blog posts. Thanks for the holiday greetings for my husband and me. Wishing you a Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

  4. Hi, Linda,

    I hope all is well.

    December is QUITE a month.Regarding disabilities. Anything each of us can do to SHOW acceptance of those with disabilities is a step in the right direction. We can teach by example and show HOW each person has value. Greet someone each day who you can see i8s struggling. Watch that person stand taller, light up and smile. This beats having those with handicaps feel “invisible.”

    About world peace month. That starts from within each of us. I can share a meditation I wrote for a new manuscript. Please share if you like, but acknowledge the writer, please.

    A Valentine for the World
    How can you create love?
    Share love?
    Live in a caring world?
    Gently close your eyes.
    Breathe in slowly, rhythmically.
    Feel your belly rise and fall.
    Focus on your breath.
    Sense your breathing getting slower.
    Be aware of your limbs softening.
    Allow your neck muscles to relax.
    Observe your heart beating gently.
    Picture light entering you through your feet.
    Sense your feet and ankles relaxing.
    See the light traveling up your legs, knees and thighs.
    Feel your legs letting go of tension.
    Watch the light move through your pelvis to your abdomen.
    Sense these areas softening.
    Now the light moves to your heart.
    It fills your heart with loving warmth.
    Let the light rest here while you breathe deeply.
    Allow the light and love to move as one.
    Visualize caressing energy spreading up your shoulders,
    down your arms to your fingers.
    Watch passionate affection travel up your neck,
    Through your head, mouth, nose, eyes
    Forehead and crown.
    Observe this force passing through your mind and spirit.
    Watch as it moves back to your heart center.
    Place your hands across your heart.
    Picture and sense love completely filling your heart.
    Breathe in the feeling of adoration and affection.
    Breathe out this passionate vitality.
    Allow love to permeate your tissues, your cells.
    Breathe gently as you observe this phenomenon.
    Observe this energy Infusing your body and mind.

    It is time to prepare for meditation.
    Picture love permeating your mind,
    Your soul and your body.
    Now that your heart and body are filled with affection,
    It is time to share your love.
    Visualize this passionate force surrounding your,
    Family and friends.
    Encircle those who bring conflict to your life.
    As you shine love and light around them,
    Send them good wishes.
    Try to picture these individuals with affection in your heart.
    You may wish to extend your loving vitality to world
    figures and world conflicts.

    Continue to wrap yourself in a blanket of passionate affection.
    Sense it flowing through your body.
    Observe the reactions in your body.
    What changes are happening?
    Make note of your breathing.
    Pay attention to other changes.
    How does this Valentine meditation affect your thinking?
    Your mood and your spirit?
    Sit quietly.
    Enjoy this meditation for about ten minutes.

    Janis L. Silverman, Soothe Body and Mind, December 2015


    • Janis,
      What a wonderful gift and message you have shared here! Thank you. Holidays are a perfect time for meditation. Let’s find peace within, everyone. Readers, please remember to credit Janis L. Silverman if you choose to post this. She is reaching out to help others. Let’s remember to extend her the same courtesy!

      On a personal note, my family and I are all doing great. Bless you for thinking of me and letting me know so.

  5. Deborah Allmand said

    Great read! Loved the poster.

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