December

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Radio City Music Hall is the home of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a famous variety show for all ages filled with holiday themes, dancing, music, impressive costumes, and special effects. The show stars a company of dancers called the Rockettes. If you'll be in New York City this December, get tickets to see the show or go on a behind-the-scenes tour. If not, catch a glimpse of the show online and see what all the excitement is about.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

On December 7, Americans recall the somber day in 1941 when the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. On that day, Japan destroyed or damaged more than 300 American aircrafts, more than 20 ships, killed more than 2,200 people and 75 years later the events of December 7, 1941, are still remembered in this country and especially in Pearl Harbor. Over a million people visit the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Pearl Harbor each year to learn about what happened. Visitors take a ferry to the floating memorial of USS Arizona, one of the ships that sank during the attack. At the memorial, visitors walk through a white floating building designed by architect Alfred Preis, see an American flag attached to the mast of the sunken ship, and honor the 1,177 crewmen who died here.

Favorite Holiday Songs

Many popular holiday songs in America were originally from other countries. But some were written in the United States. "Jingle Bells", first published in 1857, is perhaps the most popular holiday song in America. The song originally was about teenagers enjoying a snowy sleigh ride before cars were invented. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1934. The lyrics warn children to be on their best behavior so Santa will bring them presents on Christmas Eve. Be sure to listen to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Auld Lang Syne”, which consistently rank among the most popular holiday songs.

Volunteer with the American Red Cross

December is a great time to take part in volunteering. The American Red Cross brings help and hope to communities across the nation with a strong focus on health, and disaster relief. These opportunities are made possible by people like you who contribute their unique backgrounds, talents, and skills. Contact a local chapter to learn about volunteer opportunities in a location near you.