Ask any kid to tell you one interesting fact about December, that has nothing to do with the holidays, and I can almost guarantee you that the best they’ll come up with is that it’s the last month of the year. To give them a greater appreciation for the month, and to encourage them to do some research on their own, here are some interesting facts to get them started.
- December comes from the Latin word decem which means ten.
- It was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar which began with March. When January and February were added to the Roman calendar, December became the twelfth month of the Gregorian calendar
- December has several birthstones – turquoise, lapis lazuli and zircon.
- December’s flower is the narcissus which symbolizes self-love, self-esteem and vanity
- Sagittarius and Capricorn are the astrological signs for December.
- In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice or shortest day of the year occurs and winter begins. This takes place on December 21 or 22.
- The first flight by the Wright Brothers was made on December 17, 1903.
- The United States Bill of Rights was passed on December 14, l791.
- The Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773.
- Many famous people were born in December.
- Two presidents: Andrew Johnson and Woodrow Wilson
- Several actors and actresses: Kirk Douglas, Jane Fonda, Katie Holmes, Susan Lucci, Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington
- Authors: Emily Dickinson and Jane Austen
- Singer/Musicians: Jimmy Buffet, Bette Midler, Donny Osmond and Frank Sinatra
Once last interesting and important fact – the entire month of December has been designated as Stress Free Family Holiday Month. I’m not sure who came up with that idea. It’s a good one but probably isn’t working out that way for a lot of people. Maybe January would be a better month for that. Wait, then the holiday bills come in. Oh well.