10 Interesting Facts About The Month Of December
10. December comes from the Latin word DECEM, meaning ten and depicts the 10th month in the ancient Roman calendar. It has always been the last month of the year.
9. The United Kingdom straddles the higher mid-latitudes between 49° and 61° N. This leads December to bring the least sunshine to the UK. Even the record says that In December 1890, Westminster saw no sunshine at all and also Moscow experienced its darkest December on record in 2017, with just SIX MINUTES of sunshine in total.
8. It is amazing to find that the only play that contains December in it line is the As You Like It by Shakespeare. It is used in Act 4 where it says “Men are April when they woo, December when they wed,”
7. The record says that According to babycenter.com, “December” has been the 13,414th most popular name in us for a baby girl this year. This may be shocking but people in US do name their daughters with December.
6. World Human Rights Day - Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December. The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The first global enunciation of human rights. Also, one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared resolution 423(V), inviting all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.
5. Forefathers’ Day is a holiday celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 22. It is a commemoration of the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 21, 1620. It was introduced in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1769. In adjusting the date to the Gregorian calendar, the anniversary was erroneously established on December 22 instead of December 21. Forefathers’ Day is a well known and well celebrated holiday in Plymouth.
4. December 4, 1033 - Prohibition ended, thanks to the 21st amendment Utah being the last state needed to ratify it. Bring on the Eggnog.
3. Poor Richard’s Almanack. First published on December 19, 1732, the book published annually thereafter contained weather predictions, humor, proverbs and epigrams, and sold nearly 10,000 copies per year. Who was Poor Richard? He was a persona created by Benjamin Franklin.
2. 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.
1. December is...the busiest month for cash withdrawals from ATMs. Christmas is celebrated in more than 160 countries and is by far the largest holiday in terms of spending, which is why so many retailers rely on the fourth quarter retailing season to drive their earnings. Consumers spend heavily on food, drinks and candy as well as decorations during the holiday season, but spending on gifts makes up the lion’s share of the Christmas budget. Retail sales are expected to grow between 5 and 5.6 percent from a year ago, according to Deloitte's annual retail sales forecast for the holiday season.