The year's 1980, and a small group of friends
Were wrapping up gifts, but not some loose ends.
Seems each one forgot, as Winter Break arrived,
To think of the reasons from which gift-giving derived.

In haste they were preparing to leave school in a huff, 
When somebody asked "Are we exchanging stuff?"
Strange as it seems, for they were all so close,
They hadn't bought presents for the pals they liked most!

A scramble ensued, and somehow presents were found.
Some were hand made, others had been homeward bound.
At the end of the day, the friends gathered once more
To "exchange stuff" before they ran out of the door.

Well, I don't have to tell you that much fun was had
And that these last minute gifts were comically bad!
A feeling of warmth and friendship so filled the room
That each pal was lifted from their mid-Winter gloom.

The occasion was marked on a hastily-made tag
Which was attached to a gift stuffed into a bag.
The author had penned, in a moment of mirth
A phrase which would travel all over the Earth!

"Happy December 16th" the whimsical note began,
After which the reason to celebrate ran
(As true today as it was then, I fear);
"Because it comes only once a year!"

From that year to this, the friends have spread word of this day
And each year it has grown, in a nutty sort of way.
So, enjoy the tradition, say a toast to your friend
For December 16th is too special to ever, ever end!
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A December 16th memory...

I fondly remember being the kid sister of an original (I think) December 16th reveler.  There I was, eagerly anticipating Christmas's arrival so I could open my few gifts, when lo and behold, a full 9 days before the holiday, I was given a small present by my brother's good friend, John.  It was a tiny stuffed elephant from a magical place called "Wally World" (which I was later to learn is our favorite all-purpose store, and at which, some 20 years later, I was to do all of my Christmas shopping in one night!).  I was overjoyed!  Between my younger sister's hippopotamus and my elephant, we had the best December 16th ever!!  But not because of the toys - because of the thoughtfulness of their giver.  Thanks for the memories!

Nicole (Waite) Sudhoff
Lombard, IL
Welcome to The Official December 16th Site!  Since 1980, the date has been marked with celebrations all around the globe for reasons that are, well...unusual.  

For a little more about the history of this holiday, below is a poem about just why people annually celebrate December 16th;

click on the pic to see past "official" December 16th cards!
1485 – Catherine of Aragon, consort of Henry VIII of England
1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer and pianist
1775 – Jane Austen, English writer
1790 – King Leopold I of Belgium
1883 – Max Linder, French pioneer of silent film
1899 – Sir Noël Coward, English playwright, actor and composer
1901 – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist
1917 – Sir Arthur C. Clarke, English writer
1917 – Ruth Johnson Colvin, Founder of Literacy Volunteers of America
1928 – Philip K. Dick, American writer
1936 – Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
1938 – Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress
1941 – Lesley Stahl, American journalist
1943 – Steven Bochco, American television producer and writer
1943 – Tony Hicks, English guitarist (The Hollies)
1946 – Benny Andersson, Swedish musician, singer and songwriter (ABBA)
1949 – Billy Gibbons, American guitarist (ZZ Top)
1961 – Bill Hicks, American comedian
1962 – William "The Fridge" Perry, American football player
1963 – Benjamin Bratt, American actor
1964 – Billy Ripken, American baseball player
1964 – Paul Vogt, American actor and comedian
1966 – Clifford Robinson, American basketball player
1970 – Valerie Chow, Hong Kong actress
1971 – Michael McCary, American singer (Boyz II Men)
1979 – Flo Rida, American rapper and singer
1981 – Krysten Ritter, American actress
Some historic
December 16th events...
1653 – Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1707 – Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
1773 – Members of the Sons of Liberty, disguised as Mohawks, dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.
1809 - Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate.
1811 – The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occur in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri.
1826 – Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.
1903 – Taj Mahal Palace & Tower first opened its doors to the guests.
1916 - Gregory Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.
1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
1944 – World War II: The Battle of the Bulge begins with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.
1946 – Thailand joins the United Nations.
1947 – William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.
1980 - The first December 16th festivities were held in Prairie du Chien, Wis. USA.
1985 – In New YorkCity, Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumes leadership of the Gambino family.
1990 - Jean-Bertrand Aristide elected president of Haiti in the country's first democratic elections.
1997 – An episode of Pokémon aired in Japan induces seizures in 685 Japanese children.
2010 - Larry King concludes his CNN talk show after 25 years.
Happy December 16th, 2018!
Happy December 16th, 2018!
The Official Site of the December 16th Holiday!