Leon Day in the USA
Leon Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated in the United States on June 25. It is the halfway mark to Christmas. The exact origin of Leon Day is unknown. However, it is clear why it was named so: Leon is Noel (another name for Christmas) spelled backwards.
The date of June 25 marks the turning point when Christmas begins to come closer on the calendar. Although Leon Day is not an official holiday, it is celebrated by many businesses and organizations in a number of ways. For example, retailers may offer special deals and promotions. Some radio stations play Christmas music during the day. For many crafters, Leon Day is a time to start making decorations and gifts for Christmas.
Nonprofit organizations and charities may hold fundraisers to remind people that donations are appreciated all year round, and not exclusively during the Christmas season. For example, the Salvation Army sometimes observes Leon Day with launching an out-of-season Christmas kettle campaign.
Some people celebrate Leon Day as a mini Christmas. They get out Christmas decorations, put on ugly holidays sweaters and Santa hats, watch their favorite Christmas movies, and treat themselves to eggnog, gingerbread, and candy canes.
Whether you celebrate it or not, the countdown begins now!