When you think 10 Facts About December, our first thoughts will always go towards holidays, and boy are there some great ones!
December on the whole is almost completely overwhelmed by different holiday customs and traditions, with little else being focused on during this period.
But after the holiday’s end, it is also a great time to reflect on the year that’s coming to a close and to make your New Years Resolutions on what changes you want to make in the following year.
10 Facts About December
#1 Three Birthstones
#2 Two Flowers
Those born in December are lucky enough not only to have three birthstones, but they also have two different birth flowers!
The first of those flowers is holly, which is ever-present during the holiday season.
In more recent times the red holly berries have been said to represent the bloody wounds of Jesus Christ as he was nailed to the cross. If you look further back in time the Celts believed that holly brought good luck and protection.
The second birth flower of December is the paperwhite narcissus, a cousin of the common daffodil that flowers in winter. This pure-looking flower is said to symbolize sweetness.
#3 The “Tenth Month”
December was one of the original months in the ancient Roman calendar, which was in use from around 750 BC until 45 BC.
In this original Roman calendar, December was actually the tenth month.
This placement actually makes a lot more sense for December, as this month’s name translates into “tenth month”.
When Julius Caesar changed the calendar in 45 BC to the Julian calendar he added two months, January and February, which were inserted at the beginning of the calendar year.
#4 30 Days
December originally had just 30 days according to the ancient Roman calendar.
When the calendar was changed for the Julian calendar December gained a day, making it the seventh and last month in the year with 31 days.
#5 Winter Monath
The Anglo-Saxons originally had their own names for the month of December. One of these names was “Winter Monath”, which quite obviously translates into “Winter Month” and requires no real explanation.
After many Anglo-Saxons were converted to Christianity. In line with their newfound beliefs, they started to call December “Heligh Monath”, which translates into “Holy Month”.
#6 Cold Moon
The full moon in December has been traditionally referred to as the Full Cold Moon by a number of different Native American tribes.
Unsurprisingly, it is named this way because the cold winter months follow it.
#7 The Unluckiest Day
For thousands of years, December 28th has been considered to be the unluckiest day of the year.
The origins of this superstition lie in the story of Christ.
As it was reportedly on this day that the reigning king Herod ordered all baby boys to be put to death in an attempt to kill Jesus Christ.
Up until relatively recently it was considered unlucky to start work, set sail on new ventures, or generally do anything on this day.
Those born in December can be born under one of two very different star signs.
If you’re born before December 23rd, then you have the sign of Sagittarius.
Those born December 23rd or later have the sign of Capricorn.
If you’re a Sagittarius you’re said to be energetic and idealistic, while also generous and open-minded.
If you’re born under the sign of Capricorn, then you’re said to be ambitious yet realistic, persistent yet practical.
#9 Month Long Observances
In America, there is an overabundance of Christmas-related and non-holiday-related month-long observances.
Some of the more well-known ones are:
- National Egg Nog Month
- National Fruit Cake Month.
- National Car Donation Month
- National Pear Month
- National Drunk & Drugged Driving and Prevention Month
- National Human Rights Month
- National Tie Month
- National Write A Business Plan Month
- Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Similar to December’s month-long observances, there are many other holidays spread throughout December as well.
Some of them are religious holidays, and some are a little less serious.
- December 6th is St. Nicholas’ day, which some may know as the original Santa Claus.
- December 8th celebrates National Brownie Day.
- December 15th is National Cupcake Day.
- December 21st is the Winter Solstice, which marks the longest night of the year and is astronomically the beginning of winter.
- Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve on the 24th and Christmas Day on December 25th, which celebrates the birth of Jesus.
- Hanukkah is celebrated on the 25th day of Kislev, in the Hebrew calendar. In the commonly recognized Gregorian calendar, this usually lies between late November and late December, and it celebrates the rise of Jews against their Greek/Syrian oppressors, as well as the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd Century AD.
In 2021 Hanukkah will begin in the evening of Sunday, November 28, and ends in the evening of Monday, December 6.