The Beard Liberation Front has said that the end of the year and the beginning of a new year see a range of key events in the annual beard calendar.
December 29th: the winners of the Beard of the Year poll are announced. Initial vote verification has already determined that it is the highest turn-out since the Award started in 2000:
January 1st: The annual tradition of First Bearding takes place just after midnight as the annual race for the first person with a beard across the doorstep with a glass of imperial stout takes place
January 1st: the first day of the New Year is also National No Shaving Day
January 2nd: the annual vote for the Beard Friendly Pub of the Year starts. Nominations are open now. The criteria are below. Please note that a pub where you once saw someone with a beard is unlikely to qualify even if it is your local.