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Linda B Davis | Let’s Chat | Welcome, December

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Welcome, December!

How well do you know the month of December? Who would know better than Farmer’s Almanac?

The Month of December

December is the 12th month (and last month) in our modern-day Gregorian calendar (as it was in the preceding Julian calendar).

DecemberHowever, it was originally the 10th month of the Roman calendar (until 153 BC). Hence, “December” comes from the Latin word decem, meaning “ten.”

Back in Roman times, the calendar only had ten months and began with March! The winter period was not even assigned months because it was not an active time for military, agriculture, or civil life.

The month of December originally consisted of 30 days. When January and February were added to the calendar (around 700 BCE), December was shortened to 29 days. Then, in the subsequent Julian calendar, two days were added to December, making it 31 days long.

Tanzanite is the December birthstone.

December Calendar

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“Just for Fun” Holidays

  • *Did you know that December is National Pear Month? Celebrate these fun holidays this month:

    • Dec. 11: International Mountain Day
    • Dec. 13: National Violin Day
    • Dec. 13: National Day of the Horse
    • Dec. 20: Underdog Day
    • Dec. 26: National Candy Cane DayOn the last evening of the year,
    • December 31,: On the last day of the year, kiss the person you hope to keep kissing! Discover New Years traditions from around the world.
Winter Solstice

The month of December brings the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the shortest day of the year (the day with the least amount of daylight). 

DecemberIn 2021, the solstice occurs on Tuesday, December 21.  See our Winter Solstice page to learn more about the first day of winter.

December’s full Moon, the full Cold Moon, appears on Saturday, December 18, reaching peak illumination at 11:37 P.M. EST. Read more about the Full Cold Moon.

Look skyward on the night of December 13 after 9 P.M. for a chance to catch a glimpse of the Geminid meteors. The Geminid meteor shower is the most active shower of the year.

This year, the peak of the meteor shower lands just one day after the new Moon, meaning that the sky will be nice and dark—perfect for stargazing! If the sky is clear and temperatures aren’t too chilly, it’s worth venturing outside to try to see the Geminids.

December is the month for lots of our favorite things.

However, as cargo ships line up in ports around the nation … As gas prices inch ever-more-surely upward … As the Christmas dinner menu loses another favorite … it’s time to think cutting costs.

How about thinking DIY?

DIY Hot List

I found these ideas on the web:

Beyond DIY to Stocking Stuffer Ideas Under $10 (maybe $20)

  • Beer Savers (This is the first time I’ve used the word beer alongside Christmas, but—hey—it’s a cool product for soft drinks too.) 
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  • A Beard for Your Favorite Kid 
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  • Fun Erasers

     

3 thoughts on “Linda B Davis | Let’s Chat | Welcome, December

  1. Ohbmy goodness I LOVED this chat! Found some intersting items.
    One being that the 13th is National Violin Day. My son plays the violin.
    And recipes…oohh I love recipes.

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