Welcome December!

Well, here we are at the last month of the year! Crazy how it flew, isn’t it?!?

December is known around the world as a family time of celebration honoring cultures, religions and traditions that have been with humanity for hundreds of years. Here are some weird and wonderful facts about this magical month!

  • An almanac prediction states that if snow falls on Christmas Day, Easter will be warm, green and sunny.
  • The name December comes from the Latin decem for “ten”, as it was the 10thmonth 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 12this Poinsettia Day.
  • Saint Nickolas, who would eventually be called Santa Claus, was originally the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers!
  • December 28this considered by some to be the unluckiest day of the year.
  • The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany, fashioned out of goose feathers that are dyed green!
  • Spiders and spider webs are considered good luck on Christmas.
  • 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.
  • “Jingle bells” was composed in 1857, and not for Christmas – it was meant to be a Thanksgiving song!
  • In 1647 Oliver Cromwell, English Puritan leader, banned the festivities of Christmas for being seen as immoral on such a holy day. Anyone who was seen celebrating was arrested! The ban was lifted in 1660.
  • An ancient legend states that forest animals can speak in human language on Christmas Eve!

Hope your month is FUN TOO! And surely Snug! 🙂

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