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Monthly Trivia: December


December is known around the world as a celebration of family and forgiveness. Give yourself some knowledge on the fun, exciting, weird and wonderful tidbits about the magical month!

  • The name “December” comes from the latin word ten (decem), as it was the tenth month of the year in the Roman Calendar.

  • The Winter Solstice, also known as Midwinter, occurs around December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern hemisphere. Winter Solstice means sun set still in winter

  • December’s birth flower is the Paper White Narcissus, symbolizes self esteem

  • The birthstone of December is turquoise

  • Saint Nickolas, who would eventually be called Santa Claus, was originally patron saint of Children, thieves and pawnbrokers.

  • 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.

  • Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday. The tradition began 1836.

  • “Jingle bells” was composed in 1857. It was meant to be a Thanksgiving song and not for Christmas .

  • The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany, fashioned out of goose feathers that are dyed green

  • Christmas caroling began as an old English custom called Wassailing - toasting neighbors to a long and healthy life.

What other hilarious or fun Christmas facts do you know? Tune in next month for more great monthly trivia tidbits!

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