December is a busy month, and as such it’s easy to fall behind in content creation — and with all the hustle and bustle you might even find yourself at a loss for ideas. The holidays themselves are a great source of inspiration, but not the only source you can turn to. There’s a wide range of silly “National ___ Day” holidays and other historical events to reflect on.
Let’s take a look at some great ideas you can use to create amazing content for December:
1. The Holidays
Christmas, Yule, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah all take place in December. Depending on which holiday you celebrate, a post about the spirit of the season may be appropriate. You could even share personal or family traditions, or make a post about how your company celebrates, or share photos from the office party.
- Dec. 21: Yule (Winter Solstice)
- Dec. 24: Christmas Eve
- Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Hanukkah
- Dec. 25: Christmas Day
- Dec. 26-Jan. 1: Kwanzaa
- Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve
2. Favorite Charities
If you personally, or your company, supports a nonprofit organization, December is a great time to highlight the work they do and encourage some donations or contributions. Partner with an organization to do a toy drive or a food drive.
3. Last-Minute Shopping/Gift Ideas
Early December is still a reasonable to post any of those shopping guides we talked about in our last content idea roundup, but later on in the month, most people have done the majority of your shopping and ordering online gets to be risky business. However, that’s a great time to start posting a last-minute shopping and gift guide. Focus on items that are likely in store, or go for the creative route.
4. Strategies to Stay Sane and Healthy During the Holidays
While there’s no doubt that December is an exciting time, it’s also a very stressful one with family and other social obligations. You can’t go wrong with a helpful survival strategy for the holidays, whether it’s dealing with social pressure, or cooking a meal, or eating healthy, or how to juggle work and family.
5. Setting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions
Just as soon as Christmas is over, it’s time to celebrate the New Year — and with it, make your New Year’s Resolution. This is a great time to talk about realistic goal setting, tools or products (including yours!) that can help someone achieve a resolution, and how to form good habits.
6. 2016 Yearly Wrap-Ups
In the same vein of thought, the end of December is a great time to work on a yearly wrap-up or roundup. Summarize key developments in your industry, or significant pieces of news, or even major innovations. You could also take a look at key individuals or companies that have made a notable contribution this year.
7. 2017 Trend Predictions
As a counterpoint to a yearly wrap-up, you could also focus on the coming year and discuss the trends you expect to see take shape in 2017. Be sure to look at the research and trends for this year in forming your ideas and prediction.
Some of these, such as Human Rights Day, Nobel Prize Day, and Wreaths Across America Day, carry significant importance. For others, they’re just an occasion to be a bit silly or eat something yummy.
- Dec. 1: National Pie Day
- Dec. 4: National Sock Day, National Cookie Day, National Dice Day, Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day
- Dec. 5: International Ninja Day
- Dec. 8: Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day, National Brownie Day
- Dec. 10: Nobel Prize Day, Human Rights Day
- Dec. 13: National Cocoa Day
- Dec. 15: Wear Your Pearls Day, Cat Herders Day
- Dec. 16: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
- Dec. 17: Wreaths Across America Day
- Dec. 19: National Hard Candy Day
- Dec. 20: National Sangria Day
- Dec. 23: Festivus
- Dec. 30: National Bacon Day
Don’t let the holidays get the better of you this year! Take some time to plan your content in advance and when the time comes all you’ll have to do is press a button to push it live. That will reduce your stress levels this winter, and ensure you have a steady stream of good content to keep your customers and readers entertained and engaged.