Christmas does crowd almost everything else off the calendar at this point, but today is also National Eggnog Day. And some proclaim today Sneak-a-Peek Day, which presumably refers to presents under your tree, and not your neighbor's bedroom window.
Mental Floss reminds us that the Treaty of Ghent was signed on this day in 1814. What was the Treaty of Ghent, you ask?
Well, this was the treaty that was supposed to end the War of 1812. Only the treaty didn't end the war, not right away, because it took awhile for word to get back to the United States generally and to the American and British armies specifically. In the meantime, the Battle of New Orleans would be fought on January 8, 1815.