Can you believe it’s DECEMBER already?! This year has gone by sooo sooo fast!
December is known as the Holiday Season month. Lots of snow (Chicago winters suck, still what I always expect after living away from there for a year and a half). Negative temperatures, a monochromatic world rules. Hot chocolate, the smell of pine needles, snow angles, snow men and snow fights galore. I love thinking about winter, I love looking at freshly fallen snow….from inside. I don’t like the cold.
Some facts about December:
-December’s flower is the narcissus or holly.
- December’s birthstones are turquoise, lapis lazuli, zircon, topaz (blue), or tanzanite.
- In Latin, decem means “ten”. December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February.
- December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
- December in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to June in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
- World AIDS Day (December 1)
- Pearl Harbor Day in the United States (December 7)
- In the Ásatrú religion, Egil Skallagrimsson’s Day (December 9) is a day of remembrance for the Viking hero.
- Nobel Prizes awarded (December 10) on the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.
- Human Rights Day (December 10)
- First day of winter (December 21)
- Solstice (called the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere) occurs on dates varying from December 20 to December 22 (in UTC). See also Yule
- Festivus (December 23)
- Christmas (December 25)
- Kwanzaa (December 26 to January 1)
- Hannukah – [December 1 in 2010]
- The Zodiac sign for those born in this month is either Sagittarius or Capricorn
- The Charles Dickens classic story ‘A Christmas Carol’ was 1st published in December 6, 1843.
- Snow on Christmas means Easter will be warm and green is an almanac prediction
- Many people believe wearing new shoes on Christmas day will bring a person bad luck
- *Hi, just wanted to note that Wikipedia doesn’t note YULE as part of the events/holidays and on their Yule page they say it was absorbed and equated to Christian Christmas. Not really true. As a Heathen, Yule starts on the Winter Solstice (Dec 21) and lasts for 12 days.
♥Have a great December everyone!