Sunday, December 3, 2006

December is...


If cold December gave you birth,
The month of ice, and snow, and mirth,
Place your hand on a turquoise blue,
And success will bless whatever you do!

December is...

December is the twelfth month in the Gregorian calendar, which we use now. But the name "December" comes from the word "decem" which means "ten" in Latin, so it makes sense that December was the tenth month in the Roman calendar. In Finnish, since about the 18th century, December has been called Joulukuu, meaning "month of Christmas." Before that it was called Talvikuu, meaning "month of winter." In Irish, December is called Mí na Nollaig, also meaning "month of Christmas".

The weatherlore for December states:

  • "A green December fills the graveyard."
  • "If you see the stars on Christmas Eve, there will be good crops the next spring."
  • "Snow on Christmas means Easter will be green."
  • "If Christmas Day be bright and clear, there be two winters for the year."
  • "Lengthened winter and tardy spring are both good for hay and grain, but bad for corn and garden."
  • "December changeable and mild, the whole winter will remain a child." "A green Christmas, a white Easter."
  • "December cold with snow, brings rye everywhere."

December is... Bingo's Birthday Month, Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month, Hi Neighbor Month, Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month, Read a New Book Month, Safe Toys and Gifts Month, Sign Up for Summer Camp Month, Spiritual Literacy Month, Stress-free Family Holidays Month, Tie Month, Universal Human Rights Month, Write a Friend Month, Holiday Thank-you Month, Interfaith Month

Skywatch for December includes: December 5th-Full Moon; December 14th- Geminids Meteor Shower. Considered by many to be the best meteor shower. Produces up to 60 multicolored meteors per hour at the peak. The peak night this year is December 14th. Meteors should be visible from December 6th - 19th; December 20th- The Winter Solstice: The Sun is at its lowest point in the sky and it will be the shortest day of the year, the first official day of winter.

The birthflowers for December are the narcissus and holly.
The birthstones are turquoise, lapis lazuli, zircon, topaz (blue), or tanzanite. (Blue is a good color for Decemberites.)

2 comments:

Ben said...

Have you decided what you're going to do once you enter rerun season?

Absent-minded Secretary said...

No. I am not very good at making decisions right now. But, I am very good at taking directions...