Today, Dec. 5, is the day Congress repealed Prohibition back in 1933. To celebrate, John Schaefer recently spent some time with Colin Spoelman of Kings County Distillery, sipping whiskey and playing songs in praise of a great American pastime: legal drinking.
All of this drinking and thinking reminded us that while there are other holidays in December, the entire month has been pretty much co-opted by Christmas. (And maybe November too.) Even outside of the less-often sung about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, Christmas is hardly the only holiday on the calendar in need of a good anthem or two.
Here are a few suggestions that should have you covered for most of the month.
December 14: Monkey Day
I did not make that up: Have a look for yourself at the official Monkey Day website. It makes perfect sense to cue up a monkey-themed song and get to dancing. You'll be dancing the Monkey, obviously.
Playlist pick: Major Lance, "The Monkey Time"
December 15: Bill Of Rights Day.
Cool. I like rights.
Playlist pick: Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
December 16: National Cover Anything with Chocolate Day (a.k.a. weekdays)
I'm not sure why we need permission, but, hey, chocolate for everybody!
Playlist pick: Bruce Springsteen, "Cover Me"
December 21: Winter Solstice
This is the shortest day of the year, so you might not have much time to pick out a chilly, solstice-appropriate song day-of. Now you'll be prepared.
Playlist pick: Nico, "Winter Song"
December 26: Boxing Day
Here's what I didn't know about Boxing Day: Everything. But what I have learned from the Internet is that Boxing Day -- celebrated in the U.K., Canada, Australia, among others -- was originally a holiday in which tradespeople and servants would receive gifts from their bosses. As a person who has had a boss or two, I fully support this. However, over the years, the holiday has turned into your basic day off. Celebrate.
Playlist pick: The Go-Go's, "Vacation"