Strange and Unusual December Facts and Trivia
A really interesting article about the month of December and many unusual facts about what has taken place during this month over the centuries. It is not all about Christmas!
FACTS AND FICTION about the MONTH of DECEMBER
Well, when ol’ man winter rolls around at the end of another year, everyone becomes eager for Christmas goodies and gifts. It is a cold month in many lands, as snow flurries (and storms) dot the weather forecasts around the world in the northern latitudes. Some people escape to southern shores and bask on warm beaches when the blustery weather seen in December rolls into their homelands. But how much do you really know about the month of December?
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Here are some interesting facts about December and some information about the myths swirling throughout cyberspace concerning the 12th month of the Gregorian calendar year.
December was the 10th month of the Roman Calendar.
The name December comes from the Latin word ‘decem’ meaning 10.
The birthstone for December is Turquoise or the mystical Blue Topaz.
The flower representing this month is Holly.
The Big Socio-Cultural/Religious Holidays celebrated during December include: the Christian Christmastide, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Islamic Ramadan.
In December of 1787, the Marquis de Lafayette tried to join the America Colonial Army as a Major General.
The Delaware colony became the first ‘state’ to ratify the U.S. Constitution in December 1815.
December 3rd is Let’s Hug Day.
On December 3rd, 1947 —- the Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire” opened on Broadway starring Jessica Tandy as Blanche and Marlon Brando as Stanley.
December 5th is National Blue Jeans Day.
On December 8th, 1961—the Beach Boys released their first single, “Surfin,” on Candix Records.
December 12th, 2000 a divided U.S. Supreme Court reversed the state court decision for recounts in Florida’s contested election and George W. Bush became the president-elect of the United States of America.
In December of 1803 the Louisiana Purchase took place and France sold us a chunk of land.
The Charles Dickens classic story ‘A Christmas Carol’ was 1st published in December 6, 1843.
December 6th is the day many people celebrate the patron Catholic saint of children and pawnbrokers — St. Nicholas.
The 1st Nobel Prize was awarded in December 1901.
The first Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution (The Bill of Rights) were ratified on December 15, 1791.
The Mason-Dixon Line was established in December of 1782.
On December 18th 1977 – the movie Saturday Night Feveropened in New York, and the soundtrack album sold 25-million copies worldwide.
Here is the short list of famous people born on Christmas Day – Sir Issac Newton:1642, Clara Barton:1821, Humphrey Bogart:1899, Anwar el-Sadat:1918, Little Richard:1932, Barbara Mandrell:1948.
People always mistake Santa’s reindeer ‘Donder’ and call him ‘Donner’.
In England the traditional December Christmas Dinner was celebrated by serving a Pig’s Head with stone ground mustard sauce.
December 17th was know for centuries, as the beginning of the Roman/Pagan Saturnalia Festival, held in honor of the God of Agriculture.
December 21st marks the beginning of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere of the world.
December 28th has been celebrated as Childermass, also known as ‘The Holy Innocents Day’, which commemorates King Herod’s order to kill all the male children under 2, in order to kill the Messiah.