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15 Facts and Legends About December

Really different information about the month of December.

Sure, December is the 12th month in our modern calendar and on the 25th day the world celebrates Christmas. The man in the red suit and white fur flies around the world in a magical sleigh pulled through the air by a bunch of airborne reindeer. People go nuts and spend way too much money filling up the space, under tree they chopped down (at the old parking lot now a tree sales lot) and adorned with lights, with colorfully wrapped presents.

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.

But there are some strange and often bizarre things about December many people do not know. So, here is my list of weird December trivia.

  1. The name December comes from the Latin decem for “ten”, as it was the 10th month in the Roman Calendar
  2. December 25th was celebrated in ancient times as the birthday of the “God” Mithra and when Christianity began to take form as a religion to entice pagans to leave their archaic beliefs and embrace Christian theology; Christian leaders adopted the date as Jesus’ Birthday
  3. The term Yuletide (’yule monath’) comes from a Norse tradition of cutting and burning a huge tree on December 21st. It was supposed to symbolize the winter solstice, bring good luck and burn throughout the 12 day winter festival, known later as the 12 days of Christmas.
  4. Saint Nicholas, who would become Santa Claus, was originally designated (by the church) as the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers. December 6th is designated St. Nicholas Day.
  5. Did you know December 12th is Poinsettia Day?
  6. December 28th is known as Childermass Day or Holy Innocents day. It commemorates the time King Herod of Israel ordered all male babies (under the age of 2 years) to be killed in Jerusalem, in order to prevent the coming of the Messiah (Christ Jesus).
  7. December 28th is regarded by many superstitious people as the most unlucky day of the year
  8. There is an ancient legend that states that all animals of the forest can speak in human language on Christmas Eve
  9. The first human heart transplant was performed by Dr. Christian Barnard on December 3rd, 1967 in South Africa.
  10. Snow on Christmas means Easter will be warm and green is an almanac prediction
  11. Many people believe wearing new shoes on Christmas day will bring a person bad luck
  12. John Lennon (musical genius of the group Beatles) was shot and killed in New York City, December 8, 1980.
  13. Mississippi was admitted to the Union, December 10, 1817
  14. The Boston Tea Party, took place on December 16, 1773.
  15. Did you know that Pakistan began a war with India in December of 1971? History repeats itself if we do not learn from it. Boston Tea Party, December 16, 1773.
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