- December was the 10th month in the early Roman calendar. It became the 12th month in a later Roman calendar.
- December is one of 7 Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.
- In the northern half of the world, Winter begins in December 21 or 22.
- Christians celebrate Christmas Day (December 25), as the birthday of Jesus Christ.
- People in several European countries celebrate December 6 as the Feast of Saint Nicholas.
- December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
- The zircon, lapis lazuli, topaz and turquoise are the birthstones for December.
- The Zodiac sign for those born in this month is either Sagittarius or Capricorn.
- Narcissus, poinsetta, and Holly are the flowers for the month of December.
- The 1st Nobel Prize was awarded in December 1901.
- Famous people born on Christmas Day – Sir Issac Newton: 1642, Clara Barton: 1821, Humphrey Bogart: 1899, Anwar el-Sadat: 1918, Little Richard: 1932, and Barbara Mandrell: 1948.
What is a depressant?
A depressant is a drug that reduces the activity of various body functions. Some depressants such as anesthetics, sedatives, antiepileptics, narcotics analgesics, and some muscle relaxants, slow nervous and muscular activity by acting on the central nervous system. Tranquilizers are depressants that affect only part of the nervous system. They induce relaxation without causing total depression.