December Observances & Fun Facts
~December 2012 is observed as:
Universal Human Rights Month and Safe Toys and Gifts Month.
Turquoise & Blue Topaz
~The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany, fashioned out of goose feathers that are dyed green!
~December 28th is considered by some to be the unluckiest day of the year.
~Fruit & Veges for the Month of December:
Celery Root / Celeriac
~An almanac prediction states that if snow falls on Christmas Day, Easter will be warm, green and sunny.
~Spiders and spider webs are considered good luck on Christmas.
Narcissus & Holly
Sagittarius (till 21th) & Capricorn (22nd→)
~Other Notable December Dates & Events:
Dec 21-Last Day of the Mayan Calendar
Dec 26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa
~The name December comes from the Latin decem for “ten”, as it was the 10th month in the Roman Calendar.
~The term Yuletide comes from a Norse tradition of cutting and burning a tree to bring in the Winter Solstice. This was to last through 12 days – later known as the 12 days of Christmas.
~December 12th is Poinsettia Day.
~Saint Nickolas, who would eventually be called Santa Claus, was originally the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers!
~“Jingle bells” was composed in 1857, and not for Christmas – it was meant to be a Thanksgiving song!
~Common decorations on a Christmas tree each have their specific meanings. Candles – the light of the world, the Star at the top is a reminder of the first Christmas night and Candy canes are to represent the Shepherd’s cane.