When we think about December, we certainly think about the traditional holidays celebrated during the month, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa – even Festivus. But there is so much more to know about the last month of the year!
December, a month filled with love, humanity and gift giving events like; Christmas and New Year Evening. It also be a month filled with Romance.
Take a break from the expected December lists to consider these mystic facts about December.
#December is the 12th and last month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. Also, one of seven months with the length of 31 days. December begins the exact day of the week as September consistently and closes around the same day as April consistently. It is the month with the most limited sunshine hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest sunlight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. December in the Northern Hemisphere is the occasional comparable to June in the Southern Hemisphere and the other way around.
#December in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to June in the Southern Hemisphere.
#The first day of Winter is on either December 21 or 22. This is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It is called the Winter or Southern solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
#Rosa Parks (1913—2005) helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955.
Her arrest led to legal actions ending racial segregation on municipal buses throughout the South, signaling an important shift in human rights in America.
#Celebrated as human rights month in the US: It would be interesting to note that since 1948, the United Nations has chosen to celebrate December as International Human Rights Month. This month promotes human rights throughout the United States.
#Least daylight month in the UK: The United Kingdom rides the higher mid-latitudes somewhere in the range of 49° and 61° N. This leads December to carry minimal sunshine to the UK. Indeed, even the record says that In December 1890, Westminster saw no daylight at all and furthermore Moscow encountered its most obscure December on record in 2017, with only SIX MINUTES of daylight altogether.
#The word Yuletide comes from late Middle English and its first recorded use was in the 15th century, around 1475 of cutting and burning a tree to bring in the Winter Solstice. It originates from the word ‘yule’ meaning ‘the Christmas season’ and ‘tide’ meaning ‘a point or period of time’.
This was to last through 12 days – later known as the 12 days of Christmas usually from around 21st December until 1 January.
#Saint Nicholas, later called Santa Claus, was originally a patron saint of children, thieves and stockbrokers!
#The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany, made of green goose feathers! Spiders and spiders web are considered lucky for Christmas.
#Typical decorations for each Christmas tree have their own meanings. Candles – the light of the world, the Star above is a commemoration of the first Christmas night and Candy sticks will represent Sheper’s scepter.
#“Jingle bells” were composed in 1857, not Christmas – they were meant to be a song of thanksgiving!
#In 1647, Oliver Cromwell, the leader of the English Puritans, banned Christmas festivities by viewing them as immoral. Anyone who appeared to be celebrating was arrested! The ban was lifted in 1660.
#An ancient myth states that wild animals can speak human language at Christmas!