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Free December Unit Studies and Lessons

by | Sep 9, 2023 | Free Unit Studies, Holidays

Planning lessons around holidays, historical events, and seasonal themes can be a fun way to homeschool. It’s an excellent way for kids to learn about the world around them, including topics that aren’t usually covered in a textbook. Our family has enjoyed occasionally adding seasonal and holiday-themed lessons to our homeschool routine.

Below is a list of free unit studies, lesson plans, and activities for December. All of the holiday dates given are for 2024. Because the dates of some holidays vary, I will update this post each year. If you are looking for other months, check out our monthly unit studies and lesson plans page.

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Free December Unit Studies and Lessons for Month-Long Themes and Observances

Advent (Sunday, December 1st through Sunday, December 24th)

Advent is a time when many Christians prepare for Christmas and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which can fall anytime between November 27th and December 3rd, and always ends on Christmas Eve.

National Write to a Friend Month (all December)

National Write to a Friend Month is set aside as a time for writing notes to friends.

Free December Unit Studies and Lessons for Week-Long Themes and Observances

Las Posadas (December 16th to December 24th)

Las Posadas is a Christian celebration commemorating Joseph and Mary’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a place where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus. Las Posadas is celebrated in Mexico, other parts of Latin America, and by many Hispanics in the United States.

Hanukkah (sundown on December 25th to sundown on January 2nd)

Hanukkah (or Chanukah) is an 8-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the second-century rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees’ victory over the Syrian army. During the rededication, it is believed that while there was only enough oil to keep the menorah burning for a single day, it miraculously burned for eight days. Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, which falls sometime between late November and late December on the Gregorian calendar.

Kwanzaa (December 26th to January 1st)

Kwanzaa is a 7-day celebration of African-American culture. The holiday was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 and is modeled after African harvest festival traditions.

Free December Unit Studies and Lessons for Holidays, Historical Events, and Fun Days

Rosa Parks Day (December 1st)

Rosa Parks Day honors an American Civil Rights leader. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Some states observe Rosa Parks Day on February 4th instead because that’s her birthday.

National Christmas Lights Day (December 1st)

National Christmas Lights Day celebrates the decorative strings of lights. Celebrate by hanging lights on your Christmas tree or home or by going for a drive to look at Christmas lights in your community.

Eat a Red Apple Day (December 1st)

Eat a Red Apple Day is the perfect time to enjoy the tasty and nutritious fruit.

Saint Nicholas Day (December 6th)

Saint Nicholas Day recognizes the saint (in the Catholic and Orthodox faiths) who was an inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus character. Saint Nicholas was known for selling everything he owned and giving to the poor. He died on December 6, 343 AD.

Illinois’s Statehood (December 3rd)

Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818.

National Cookie Day (December 4th)

National Cookie Day is a fun excuse to bake a batch of cookies to share with family and friends.

Thirteenth Amendment Ratified (December 6th)

The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, was ratified on December 6, 1865.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7th)

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed in the United States to remember and honor the 2,403 Americans killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

Delaware’s Statehood (December 7th)

Delaware was admitted into the union on December 7, 1787.

National Brownie Day (December 8th)

National Brownie Day is a fun day to bake and enjoy the chocolate dessert.

Christmas Card Day (December 9th)

Christmas Card Day is the perfect time to mail Christmas cards to friends and loved ones. Craft homemade cards or buy a box of cards to send.

Mississippi’s Statehood  (December 10th)

Mississippi became a state on December 10, 1817.

Indiana’s Statehood (December 11th)

Indiana was admitted into the Union on December 11, 1816.

Pennsylvania’s Statehood (December 12th)

Pennsylvania became a state on December 12, 1787.

National Poinsettia Day (December 12th)

National Poinsettia Day celebrates one of the most recognizable plants of the holiday season.

Alabama’s Statehood (December 14th)

Alabama was admitted into the Union on December 14, 1819.

Gingerbread Decorating Day (December 14th)

Gingerbread Decorating Day is a great time to bake and decorate a batch of gingerbread cookies. The day is observed on the second Saturday of December.

Gingerbread House Day (December 12th)

Gingerbread House Day is a special day set aside for building gingerbread houses.

National Cocoa Day (December 13th)

National Cocoa Day is a fun excuse to enjoy a cup of steaming hot cocoa.

Bill of Rights Day (December 15th)

The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, was ratified on December 15, 1791.

National Cupcake Day (December 15th)

National Cupcake Day celebrates the delicious small cakes.

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (December 20th)

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day gives us a chance to wear our ugliest, tackiest Christmas sweaters. Many people celebrate by having ugly Christmas sweater parties or contests.The holiday is observed on the 3rd Friday of December each year.

New Jersey’s Statehood (December 18th)

New Jersey became a state on December 18, 1787.

The Boston Tea Party (December 16th)

The Boston Tea Party, which occurred on December 16, 1773, was a protest by the American Colonists against the British government’s unfair taxes. They boarded ships in Boston Harbor and threw the ships’ cargo of tea overboard into the ocean.

National Maple Syrup Day (December 17th)

National Maple Syrup Day is a great time to enjoy maple syrup on your pancakes, waffles, French toast, or biscuits.

A Christmas Carol (December 19th)

A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, was first published on December 19, 1843. The first edition sold out by Christmas Eve.

Go Caroling Day (December 20th)

Go Caroling Day is the perfect time to gather with friends and go door to door, singing songs and spreading holiday joy in your community.

First Day of Winter / Winter Solstice (December 21st)

The winter solstice, which marks the first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere, is the shortest day of the year. The Sun reaches its most southern point in the sky at noon. After this date, the amount of daylight begins to increase, and the days start getting longer.

National Flashlight Day (December 21st)

National Flashlight Day, the same day as the Winter Solstice, encourages us to turn on some lights during the shortest day of the year.

Christmas (December 25th)

Christmas is a Christian holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus. Most Western Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25th, while Orthodox Christians celebrate on January 7th.

National Pumpkin Pie Day (December 25th)

Pumpkin Pie Day falls on Christmas. This is likely because Christmas is the day, second to Thanksgiving, when the most pumpkin pies are consumed. Celebrate by adding a pumpkin pie to your Christmas menu.

Boxing Day (December 26th)

Boxing Day is the day after Christmas. Though it originated as a day to give gifts to the poor, today Boxing Day is mainly known as a shopping holiday. Boxing Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

National Thank You Note Day (December 26th)

National Thank You Note Day, the day after Christmas, reminds us to thank those who gave us gifts.

National Candy Cane Day (December 26th)

National Candy Cane Day celebrates the red and white striped candies that are so plentiful during the holiday season.

Visit the Zoo Day (December 27th)

Celebrate Visit the Zoo day with a trip to your favorite zoo.

Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day (December 27th)

Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day encourages us to get out our craft supplies and make snowflakes.

Iowa’s Statehood (December 28th)

Iowa was admitted into the Union on December 28, 1846.

Texas’s Statehood (December 29th)

Texas became a state on December 29, 1845.

New Year’s Eve (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve is the last day of the calendar year. Many people celebrate with parties and fireworks and stay up till midnight to ring in the New Year. Some also set resolutions or goals for the New Year.

Have fun learning this December! I will add more free unit studies and lessons next year. Be sure to pin this post so you can find it next December. When you’re ready to start planning for next month, check out our January Unit Studies and Lessons.

Free December Unit Studies and Lessons


Note: This post was originally published on October 25, 2021, and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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