- 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.
Friday, December 3, 2010