A few years ago, I wrote about how there isn’t a day on the calendar that isn’t “national something or other day” in the U.S.

In fact, every day has more than one “national this or that day” label.

As a public service, here is a heads-up with regard to just a handful of national days you can celebrate in December.

•Dec. 2 is National Mutt Day.

In the Davison household, Gertie (the Permapup) makes sure we celebrate April 20 – National Corgi Day – 365 times a year.

But for those of you with “wonder dogs” at home (you wonder what breeds they’re made of), this day presents a wonderful opportunity to share some brisket or ham with that precious quadruped that poops in your yard. Let’s face it: Dogs are great and every dog should have its day.

•Dec. 4 is National Sock Day.

I say we all take those singular units whose partner has disappeared in the mysterious laundry vortex found in every American home and display them proudly on our car antennas or some other highly visible location, or maybe make scarves out of them and parade down main street.

Or we could quit hoping their mate shows up and throw them out. That might be more practical.

•Dec. 6 is National Put On Your Own Shoes Day.

Who knew I was celebrating this so often?

•Dec. 11 is National Noodle Ring Day.

If you haven’t planned ahead, you still have several days to decide whether to wear fettuccine, linguine or an unobtrusive rigatoni, or to maybe step outside the box and go with something gluten-free, like a nicely finished rice noodle.

I think I’m going with angel hair this year. It’s my favorite, and always a classic that tends to compliment any ensemble.

•Dec. 14 is National Monkey Day.

This year, I say we let some monkeys take over all duties in Washington, D.C., for the day. At worst, we probably wouldn’t notice a difference, and at best there might be significant improvement.

•Dec. 15 is National Cat Herders Day.

It will be like a historic flashback as we watch the herders lead their feline throngs through the middle of town during that special, once-a-year moment.

If you’re like me, you long for the days gone by when men could let their cats could roam free on the vast ranges of the Midwest, unhindered by government regulations or the presence of barbed wire. At least there are still some herders keeping the memories alive.

•Dec. 21 is National Look at the Bright Side Day.

In these tumultuous times, it’s not as easy as it used to be to celebrate this day. But that just makes it all the more special, don’t you think?

Dec. 24 is National Egg Nog Day.

I’ve been passing on this one for decades. It’s all yours.

•Dec. 26 is National Whiner’s Day.

I know of a few folks who apparently like to prepare for this day all year long.

Some of them are supposedly “experts” in the mainstream news media.

Remember Doug and Wendy Whiner on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s? If I may say so, me (Doug) and my wife (Wendy) do a pretty good impression of them.

•Dec. 30 is National Bacon Day.

I’m one of the many Americans who believe bacon goes well with just about anything. I recently ate some that was wrapped around a piece of banana and baked (yes, on purpose), and the combination was darn good.

So I’d say bacon goes well with it’s own day, too, but maybe it deserves one every month instead of just annually.

I could be “The 12 Days of Bacon,” and there could be a different activity associated with each one. Hey, it’s never too late to start a bacon tradition.

•Dec. 30 is also National Bicarbonate of Soda Day.

I detect a conspiracy.

•Dec. 31 is National Make Up Your Mind Day.

I can’t decide whether this one is worth celebrating or not.

Aw, heck; I’ll just put off that decision until March, during National Procrastination Week.

Doug Davison is a writer, photographer and newsroom assistant for the Houston Herald.

Email: ddavison@houstonherald.com.

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