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December 12th - Freebies!

By Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt @frugalfreebies
Image: Gingerbread House, by Таисия Слободян on Pixaby
December 12th is... Gingerbread House Day, National Ding A Ling Day (1971), National Ambrosia Day, National Cocoa Day, National Poinsettia Day (1851), First Black Serves in US House of Representatives (1870), Golf Tee Birthday (1899), National Lost Day, Frank Sinatra's Birthday (1915), Bonza Bottler Day™, Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts/Taboo Day, National 12-hour Fresh Breath Day, Kanji Day, Miracle of the Roses, Yuletide Lads (Iceland), Mince Pie Day (UK), International Day of Neutrality (Turkmenistan), Jamhuri Day (Kenya)
PLUS - interesting books to read and free printables, paper crafts, kid crafts, activities, and coloring pages.
Want more Holidays to celebrate? Click for our Index of Holiday Freebies

Image: A Year of Gingerbread Houses: Making and Decorating Gingerbread Houses for All Seasons, by Kristine Samuell (Author). Publisher: Lark Crafts (September 1, 2015)Gingerbread House Day
-- This holiday is about celebrating the fun of building gingerbread houses, and the fun in eating them too. Gingerbread is used to build gingerbread houses similar to the witch's house encountered by Hansel and Gretel. These houses, covered with a variety of candies and icing, are popular Christmas decorations, typically built by children with the help of their parents or guardians.
Read: A Year of Gingerbread Houses
-- Nothing's more enticing for any holiday or special occasion than an awesome, lusciously decorated gingerbread house. With designs for Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, and birthdays, these exquisite projects include a cottage, chalet, and two-story house. Options as customized windows, doors, chimneys, paths, trees, topiaries, and even lighting add to the charm. More than 200 helpful step-by-step process shots; informative sections on tools, techniques, and components; and patterns, piping templates, and tips on baking, assembling, and troubleshooting assures magical results.
Image: Set of 10 Christmas House Cookie Cutter Set, Bake Your Own Small Gingerbread House Kit, Chocolate House, Haunted House. Gift Box Packaging• Christmas House Cookie Cutter Set -- Even Hansel and Gretel would like this Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter. Why not celebrate the holidays with family by decorating a few houses and giving to your neighbors? Also useful if you're a realtor. Super Cute DIY for All Kinds of Occasions: Christmas, Birthdays Party, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Anniversary Day.
• Gingerbread House Silicone Mold Kit -- Bring the holiday spirit to everyone. This set makes for a wonderful gift or gift exchange idea. This Silicone mold set will help you easily create your own gingerbread house with your friends and family. Safe for use in the dishwasher, microwave, oven, freezer, and refrigerator.
• Gingerbread Coloring and Activity Books

Image: Arts and Crafts Let's Build A Gingerbread House | Learn to make an awesome My Little Pony themed gingerbread house

Let's Build A Gingerbread House

Amazon Freebies:
Read Gingerbread House ebooks for free with a Free Trial of Kindle Unlimited
Free Gingerbread House apps
Free Gingerbread House games
Listen to Gingerbread House LPs with a Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited
Watch Gingerbread House Videos for Free with a Free Trial of Amazon Prime
Listen to Gingerbread House Audible books with Amazon Audible, and Get Two Free Audiobooks
Free Alexa Skills | Gingerbread House

Free Printables, Coloring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
12+ Gingerbread House Designs: {Free Patterns and Ideas}
8+ Gingerbread House Templates
How to make a gingerbread house - Essentials
• 12 Clever Ways To Make A Gingerbread House
Gingerbread House Alphabet Matching Printable
• DIY Gingerbread House Kit and Free Gingerbread People Printable Gift Tags
Make a Gingerbread Baby House - Jan Brett
Printable Gingerbread House | The Elf on the Shelf
• How to Make Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses
How to Make Milk Carton Gingerbread Houses in Preschool
Gingerbread House Shape Activity
• Free Gingerbread House Worksheets and Activities
• Craft a Gingerbread Lighthouse
Gingerbread Play Dough Mats
• Printable Gingerbread Treat Bag
Gingerbread House coloring pages

Ding A Ling Day
- Have you heard the song - My Ding-A-Ling? You should brace yourself for bizarre and crazy behavior today, from all of the people you encounter today. Even normally conservative people have been known to go a little crazy on this day. Some people say this is a day for wackos, lunatics, and others who are off their rocker. We say it is simply a day to cut loose, act a little weird.
National Ambrosia Day
- A day to raise the spoon with a dish of Ambrosia salad. Ambrosia is a type of fruit salad normally containing sugars and creams. Some salads can include powdered or granulated sugar and whipped and/or sour cream. The fruits used in this sweet, refreshing dessert are usually oranges, pineapple, grapes, and coconut.
Poinsettia Day (1851)
- These beautiful flowers are recognized as a symbol of Christmas. Poinsettia Day was pronounced as an Act of Congress. It is in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who died on December 12, 1851. Poinsett was the first Ambassador to Mexico who brought the plant back to his plantation in the U.S. He grew the plants in his Greenville, S.C plantation and gave them out as gifts to friends.
First Black Serves in US House of Representatives (1870)
- On December 12, 1870, Joseph Hayne Rainey of Georgetown, SC, was sworn in as the first black to serve in the US House of Representatives. Rainey filled the seat of Benjamin Franklin Whittemore, which had been declared vacant by the House. He served until March 3, 1879.
Golf Tee Birthday (1899)
- George Franklin Grant was the first person to invent the golf tee in 1899.
Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
- The legend of Guadalupe tells how in December 1531, an Indian, Juan Diego, saw the Virgin Mother on a hill near Mexico City, who instructed him to go to the bishop and have him build a shrine to her on the site of the vision. After his request was initially rebuffed, the Virgin Mother appeared to Juan Diego three days later. She instructed him to pick roses growing on a stony and barren hillside nearby and take them to the bishop as proof. Although flowers do not normally bloom in December, Juan Diego found the roses and took them to the bishop. As he opened his mantle to drop the roses on the floor, an image of the Virgin Mary appeared among them. The bishop built the sanctuary as instructed. Our Lady of Guadalupe became the patroness of Mexico City and by 1746 was the patron saint of all New Spain and by 1910 of all Latin America.
Frank Sinatra's Birthday (1915)
- Born at Hoboken, NJ, on December 12, 1915, Frank Sinatra matured from a teen idol to the premier singer of American popular music. Known as the Chairman of the Board to his fans, he made more than 200 albums. His signature songs included All the Way, New York, New York and My Way.
Bonza Bottler Day™
- To celebrate when the number of the day is the same as the number of the month. Bonza Bottler Day™ is an excuse to have a party at least once a month.

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