So now it’s December and the countdown to Christmas begins.
Some December trivia:
December comes from Latin word decem (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar, which began in March. The winter days following December were not included as part of any month. Later, the months of January and February were created out of the monthless period and added to the beginning of the calendar, but December retained its name.
The Latin name is derived from Decima, the middle Goddess of the Three Fates who personifies the present.
December contains the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the fewest daylight hours, and the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours.
In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the astronomical winter is traditionally 21 December or the date of the solstice.
In Australia each of the seasons comprise three full months. Each season begins on the first day of the calendar month, so summer is from December 1 to the end of February, autumn from March to May, winter from June to August, and spring from September to November.J
Hence, to those in Oz, welcome to summer.
Flower: Paper White Narcissus, Holly or Poinsettia
Astrological Signs: Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) and Capricorn: (December 22 - January 19)
As usual, Brett R has provided his list of monthly special days, click on the days to expand and read up on that day:
- Bingo Month
- Write a Friend Month
3 Advent begins
4 Santas' List Day - we hope you are on the "Nice" list
5 Repeal Day - The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition. I'll drink to that!
7 National Cotton Candy Day - would you like some fairy floss?
11 International Children's Day - Second Sunday in December
13 Violin Day
21 Humbug Day
21 Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year.
22 National Date Nut Bread Day - or September 8!?
23 Festivus - for the rest of us
23 Roots Day
24 Channukah - date varies
26 Boxing Day
30 Bacon Day
31 Unlucky Day