Fun Facts About December Born Babies

Christmas babyDecember is such a wonderful time of year to welcome a new bundle of joy. Throughout the month, countries and cultures around the world celebrate various holiday festivities. And regardless of which holidays your family celebrates, these festivities become even more special with a beautiful newborn baby.

What can your child’s birth month tell you about your baby? A lot, actually. Here are some fun facts about December babies that you may want to know.

 

Baby’s first winter

 

December is the 12th and final month of the year. It has the shortest daylight hours of any month, and it marks the beginning of winter in the U.S. on December 21 or 22.

 

Known as the Winter solstice (or Southern solstice), this date is the shortest day and longest night of the year (though those waiting for Santa Claus on the 24th might beg to differ).

 

Although it’s not the coldest month yet, December can certainly bring snow. Folklore suggests that if it snows on Christmas Day (commonly known as a “White Christmas”) then Easter will be warm, green, and sunny.

 

Meaning of the word ‘December’

 

In Latin, “Decem” means ten. At one time, December was the tenth month on the Roman calendar, because the calendar started with March (there was no January or February at that time).

 

Later, when January and February were added to the calendar, December fell to the twelfth position, but the name did not change. (The other “–ber” months follow this same rule. For example, October and November get their meaning from the numbers eight and nine, because they were the eighth and ninth months on the original Roman calendar.)

 

December Holidays & Notable Dates

 

December is, of course, known for the “big” holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, but there are a few other fun dates you should know.

  • National Cookie Day (Dec. 4): Your December-born baby may be too young to enjoy cookies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t!
  • Human Rights Day: Celebrated across the globe on Dec. 10, this day commemorates the adoption of one of the most important human rights documents in modern history: the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
  • National Ugly Sweater Day: If your baby is born by Dec. 21, you can celebrate this fun holiday together by wearing your most funky winter sweaters.
  • Hanukkah: Known as the Festival of Lights, this eight-day Jewish celebration commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following the Maccabean Revolt. It begins each year on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar (typically falling in December, but sometimes November, as it will in 2021 and 2032).
  • Christmas: One of the most actively celebrated holidays of the year, Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th.
  • New Year’s Eve: Did you forget that the biggest party of the year is actually in December, not January? While the New Year begins at midnight on Jan. 1, most of the celebrations take place on the night of Dec. 31. If you’ve got a newborn at home, you’ll be forgiven for not staying up ’til midnight!
  • Kwanzaa: Kwanzaa is a celebration of African cultural and historical heritage, established in 1966 and primarily observed throughout the Americas from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
  • Boxing Day: Celebrated on Dec. 26, Boxing Day originated in the UK as a public bank holiday and is now generally considered a shopping holiday, much like Black Friday, or a day for contributing to good causes. The name is believed to originate from the European tradition of placing an Alms Box in areas of worship to collect donations to the poor.

Astrological Signs for December

 

Babies born in December are born under the zodiac signs of Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) and Capricorn (December 22 – January 19). Here’s what astrologers say about their personalities:

 

  • Sagittarius: Those born under the sign of Sagittarius love to ask questions and live for the future. As your little one grows, you can expect him or her to ask “why” quite a bit. Sagittarians are also known for their idealism, as well as their impatience. They live to explore and understand their role in the world, and they don’t like to be held back.

 

  • Capricorn: Those born under the sign of Capricorn tend to be very determined, practical, and helpful. A study in the UK found that babies born in December were better behaved than kids born in other months – something to make December parents smile. Like Sagittarius, they can be very ambitious, but they approach their ambitions with more logic and discipline, and thus don’t take as big of risks.

 

December Birthstones & Flowers

 

The birthstone of December is turquoise. Considered one of the oldest stones in history, this blue-green stone is mined all over the world, including right in the United States. Known as the symbol of wisdom and protection, turquoise was used in jewelry to provide power, luck, and protection. One legend suggests that those who wear turquoise will always have a friend.

 

The birth flower of December is the narcissus, also known more commonly as the daffodil. Though it may seem odd that a Spring flower represents December babies, it won’t seem so odd when you understand the Victorian meaning of the flower – rebirth and revival – which is the perfect flower for those thinking about the future, like Sagittarius.

 

Seasonal Personality Traits

 

Not everybody believes in astrology, but research shows that your baby’s month of birth can indeed predict some potential personality traits.

 

It all has to do with the seasons and how humans have evolved over the last several millennia. For example, the abundance of food and nutrients at the end of the year’s harvest is believed to have benefits on health and personality that may influence your baby even today!

 

In 2017, Time magazine highlighted this research, saying that early-December babies can grow up with lower levels of depression and bipolar disorder, as is the case for other fall babies. However, those born in late December, when the nights are longest, tend to share characteristics with winter-born babies: more depression and a higher risk for more extreme mood disorders.

 

Keep in mind this research is still in its infancy, and there are numerous other factors that will influence your happy baby’s personality.

 

Famous Birthdays in December

 

Was anybody famous born on the same day as your baby? You bet! From Hollywood celebrities to historical figures, here are some December babies you may recognize:

 

  • 4, 1969: Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter)
  • 5, 1782: Martin Van Buren
  • 10, 1830: Emily Dickinson
  • 12, 1915: Frank Sinatra
  • 18, 1947: Steven Spielberg
  • 21, 1935: Phil Donahue
  • 24, 1974: Ryan Seacrest
  • 25, 1642: Sir Isaac Newton
  • 28, 1856: Woodrow Wilson
  • 30, 1975: Tiger Woods

 

And here’s another fun fact: a 2011 study found that more dentists have birthdays in December than any other month. Who knew?

 

Significant Historical Dates

 

You don’t have to be a history buff to know that your baby’s birthday has historical significance. It’s just another fun fact that you’ll enjoy sharing with family and friends over the years.

 

Here are some of more significant dates in December history:

 

  • 1, 1955: Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man and is subsequently jailed. Her courage that day would eventually earn her the title of “the mother of the civil rights movement.”
  • 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor, the U.S. naval base outside Honolulu, is bombed in a surprise Japanese air attack. The attack led to the United States entering World War II.
  • 15, 1791: The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution is enacted with the Bill of Rights, guaranteeing personal freedoms and rights to citizens.
  • 21, 1937: Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the first full-length animated feature film, premiers at theaters.

 

Your Baby’s First Milestones

 

It won’t be long now! While your newborn may seem so tiny and, well, baby-ish … he/she will start reaching big development milestones pretty fast.

 

Here’s when your baby will …

 

  • Smile: Baby’s first real smiles (not the gassy kinds) will occur by February or March, in about 6 to 12 weeks.
  • Laugh: Here come the giggles. Between April and May (about 4 to 5 months), your baby’s first big laughs will begin to erupt.
  • Crawl: Between July and October of next year, your baby will probably be on the move. Most infants begin crawling in about 7 to 10 months.
  • Talk: Your little one could be saying her first words before the end of spring! While every baby is different, babies generally form their first words in about 6-7 months.
  • Walk: Get the camera ready. In about 9 to 15 months (likely sometime next fall for December babies), your baby could be taking his/her first steps.

 

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Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

Fun Facts About November Born Babies

November Born BabyExpecting in November? Congratulations! November is a wonderful month to have a baby – and with the holiday season coming up, it’s an especially joyous time.

Did you know that Winston Churchill and Marie Antoinette were born in November? And that’s only the beginning of many fun facts about November-born babies. Continue reading below to discover what astrology, science and other indicators can tell you about your November baby’s personality and so much more.

November at a glance

November is the final month of autumn and the last full month before winter, which is why November was historically known as the month for storing food harvested during October. It was November when farmers could determine whether their year had been successful or not. In fact, Thanksgiving is based on the idea of giving thanks for a year of successful farming prior to November.

Today, the month of November is strongly associated with the start of the holiday season. For many in the United States, you can’t think of November without also thinking about Thanksgiving, food, family, and of course the shopping craze of Black Friday. For moms and dads, there’s nothing more special than celebrating these traditions for the first time with your newborn baby.

For many, November is also known for American football. The first college football game in the U.S. was played in November of 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton.

November is a political month in the United States, as elections are held every year in the first week of the month. The U.S. elects its president every four years in November. The delivery of Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address was also in November of 1863.

What is the meaning of “November?”

In Latin, “novem” means nine. Fun fact: the original Roman calendar had only ten months, from March to December. November was named so because it was the ninth month.

Of course, the calendar eventually changed with the addition of January and February. But despite the reordering, the names of the final four months never changed. So, even though November became the 11th month, its etymology is rooted in the number nine.

November Holidays to Know

Most people think of November—specifically Thanksgiving—as the start of the holiday season. But there are some other holidays this month, as well as a few fun facts about November you may already know about:

  • Veterans Day (Nov. 11): A national holiday in the United States, Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The holiday is usually observed on November 11, which marked the end of World War I in 1918 (it’s often said that WWI ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). Other countries have also celebrated the day as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day.
  • Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November): Thanksgiving originated as a day to give thanks for the blessing of the year’s harvest. It was designated as a federal holiday in 1941.
  • Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) & Cyber Monday: While not an official holiday, Black Friday is a uniquely American tradition of going shopping for holiday gifts the day after Thanksgiving, when many people have off from work and retailers entice shoppers with deals. Cyber Monday, the following Monday, is the online version, commonly believed to be the day that people do most of their online shopping when they return to work after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Did you know? November is also Peanut Butter Lovers Month, Aviation History Month, and National Sleep Comfort Month — so let’s hope that also means your November baby sleeps well early on, so you can get some rest!

November Zodiac Signs & Astrology

The zodiac signs for November are Scorpio (Oct 23- Nov 21) and Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21). Here’s what astrology tells us about their personalities and what it could mean for your baby:

  • Scorpio: Scorpios are known to be calm, cool, and collected, though perhaps a bit mysterious. They are also known to be passionate about their beliefs, which also makes them a bit hardheaded at times. Their assertiveness tends to make them great leaders.
  • Sagittarius: Those with a Sagittarius sign are often curious and looking towards the future. They tend to be more idealistic, though sometimes a bit impatient. Sagittarius is known for a desire to travel, seek to understand his place in the universe and not be constricted.

Birthstones & Flowers for November

The birthstone for November is the topaz, which comes from the Sanskrit, meaning fire. Many believe this is due to the fire-like colors of the stone, which include red, orange, gold, yellow, and brown. The red and pink topaz were often used in Russian royal jewelry. During the Middle Ages, topaz was rumored to heal people and prevent them from dying. Greeks even believed that topaz could make the wearer invisible.

The flower for those born in November is the chrysanthemum. Originating in China, there are over 40 species of mum with colors ranging from white to red to yellow to purple. This flower symbolizes happiness, joy and love. In many cultures, it is also used for medicinal purposes and is believed to help relieve a sore throat, fever and headache. In China, the chrysanthemum is used in many different dishes.

November Personalities: What Science Tells Us

Not everyone believes in astrology. But real research has shown that there are indeed patterns in personalities among those born in the same month. Time magazine explained how several studies have researched links between personality traits and birth seasons.

So, what do we know about November-born babies? Research has found that those born in November and other fall months tend to have more balanced emotions, lower levels of depression and a lower likelihood of developing severe mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder.

Some scientists believe this may have something to do with evolutionary nutrition: more plentiful nutrients at harvest time may have contributed to healthier November babies.

But, don’t put too much stock in these studies. Your care, attention and unconditional love are the most important factors for a happy baby!

Famous November Babies

Which historical figures and celebrities were born in November? Here are just a few big names you may recognize!

  • November 2, 1755: Marie Antoinette
  • November 3, 1921: Charles Bronson
  • November 4, 1969: Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs
  • November 7, 1867: Marie Curie
  • November 9, 1841: King Edward VII
  • November 11, 1974: Leonardo DiCaprio
  • November 13, 1955: Whoopi Goldberg
  • November 20, 1925: Robert F. Kennedy
  • November 23, 1992: Miley Cyrus
  • November 27, 1942: Jimi Hendrix
  • November 30, 1835: Mark Twain
  • November 30, 1874: Winston Churchill

Other Significant November Dates in History

History may not tell you anything about your baby’s personality, but it can be neat to know that historical events happened on his/her birthday.

Here are some dates to know:

  • 3, 1968: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is established, though does not begin broadcasting until 1970.
  • 9, 1989: Fall of the Berlin Wall, which had divided East and West Berlin for more than 30 years.
  • 11, 1918: End of World War I (which we now celebrate as Veterans Day to honor all military veterans).
  • 19, 1863: Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln, during the middle of the American Civil War.

Amazing Milestones!   When will my baby … ?

Expecting parents love to know when their newborns will hit their biggest development milestones. If your baby is born in November, here’s when you can expect them to achieve these amazing feats:

  • Smile: 6 to 12 weeks. Some gassy smiles may happen within the first couple weeks. But in just a couple more months, those smiles will be real signs of a happy baby.
  • Laugh: 4-5 months. Get ready! Your baby could be giggling before spring. And when it happens, it’s the cutest thing ever!
  • Crawl: 7-10 months. Every baby is different, but look for your baby to begin crawling sometime between June and September of next year. But be careful what you wish for: once they start moving, they can get in all kinds of new trouble!
  • Talk: 6-7 months. Let’s face it. The first “mama” or “dada” might not be a real expression of words, per se, especially if it happens within the first couple months. But by next summer, your baby’s vocalization will really be coming along
  • Walk: 9-15 months. There’s a pretty wide range for when babies take their first steps. But generally speaking, a November baby can begin walking as early as August the following year.

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Fun Facts About October Born Babies

October born babyCongratulations on your special October arrival! Whether you’re still expecting or already caring for your newborn, this is truly a special time for you and your family.

Equally special is the month your baby is born! There are lots of neat facts about October babies, and you may even be able to learn a little bit about their future personality, based on their birth date. In this post, we take a close look at all the unique and interesting things that make October a special month for childbirth.

Breathtaking fall color and a change of the seasons

October is the first full month of fall and it’s a beautiful time to be born. In areas where autumn leaves are changing, the sights are breathtaking. In the United States, for example, peak fall foliage typically occurs in October across a large swath of the country. Even in warmer climates without colorful foliage, the temperatures are just right for enjoying the outdoors – no more summer heat and too soon for winter’s cold.

Historically, October has often been used to determine how harsh the upcoming winter season will be.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, you can predict an especially “hard winter” by these signs: a large number of acorns falling to the ground; wooly caterpillars appearing more black than brown; deer displaying a grayer coat.

Also, in North America and increasingly all over the world, you can’t talk about October without also thinking about Halloween, cozy fall sweaters and pumpkin spiced lattes – yum!

The meaning behind “October”

“Octo” means eight in Latin – just as octagon stands for eight sides and octopi have eight legs.

So, what does October have to do with the number eight? In the original Roman calendar (which lasted until as late as 153 B.C.), October was the eighth month of the year. Later, when January and February were added to the calendar, October’s name remained the same, even though it became the tenth month.

Holidays in October

It’s always neat when your baby’s birth falls on a holiday, or near it. And as they get older, they may begin to associate the two special dates with each other, depending on the holiday. For example, late October-born adults say that Halloween is their favorite holiday.

Here are some of the noteworthy holidays you should know if you’re having an October baby:

  • International Coffee Day (Oct. 1): Started in 2015, this “little” holiday celebrating coffee has taken off in recent years, as many major coffee retailers now use the day to offer a free cup of Joe.
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday of October): While Christopher Columbus himself is a controversial figure, Columbus Day is a federal holiday in the United States, and many get the day off from work. Columbus Day celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
  • Sweetest Day (3rd Saturday in October): This obscure holiday is little known in most parts of the United States, but in select areas of the Midwest it is extremely popular. It’s a celebration of love and kindness for giving candy to the people you appreciate in your life.
  • Halloween (October 31): Once known as “All Hallows’ Eve,” Halloween was originally a Christian holiday for remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the departed. Today, in the United States especially, it is a day for costumes and children going “trick or treating” for candy at neighbors’ homes.

Did you know? October is also known as National Cookie Month, Chili Month, Pizza Month, and Dessert Month!

October Zodiac & Astrological Predictions

Babies born in October are either Libras (born between September 24 and October 23) or Scorpios (October 24 to November 22). Here’s what the stars say about each of these signs and what it might mean for your October baby’s personality:

  • Libra: Libras are known as peacemakers and have a strong need for justice. Finding harmony is a big part of a Libra’s makeup. They put others before themselves and they make excellent diplomats, helping others to find common ground and resolve conflict. Libras also tend to be artistic and often go onto creative careers. While not necessarily social butterflies, they are most content when surrounded by trusted friends and family. As such, your Libra baby may be very attached and clingy throughout childhood, and your unconditional love is what will help their independence blossom in later years.
  • Scorpio: Scorpios are known to be calm and cool, as well as a bit mysterious. Part of the mystery comes from the simple fact that Scorpios can be fiercely independent. They don’t need social circles to feel content or know which decisions to make: they prefer to go their own way. As such, Scorpios tend to attract more conflict than other zodiac signs. They aren’t afraid to voice their opinions and they tend to wear their heart on their sleeves. If you have multiple kids, you’ll probably notice that your October-born Scorpio expresses their emotions much differently (and with greater passion) than their siblings.

October Birthstones & Flowers

Those born in October have the choice of two birthstones: the opal and the tourmaline. Rumor has it that it is bad luck to wear an opal if you weren’t born in October, and some believe that the opal is bad luck altogether. If you worry about the misfortune associated with the opal, then the beautiful tourmaline is for you. Tourmaline comes in blues, greens, reds, pinks, and even yellows—and according to an Egyptian legend, this range of colors is possible because the stone passed over a rainbow on its journey from the center of the earth.

The birth flower is the calendula, commonly known as the marigold. Though common in gardens throughout the U.S., the calendula was used by Romans and Greeks in ritual ceremonies, early Catholic events, and Hindu decorations for deities. In many cultures, it is known for its healing properties

Research-Backed Personality

Don’t believe in astrology? That’s okay – not everyone does. But you might be interested to know that your month of birth does partially dictate your personality. Science proves it.

It has to do with the seasons. While researchers don’t have all the answers yet, they’ve found significant patterns among people born in the same months and seasons.

So, what does October tell us about your baby’s future personality? Interestingly, the research backs up what conventional astrology tells us about “well balanced” Libras. Scientists found that a key pattern among October-born men and women was their low likelihood of severe mood swings and bipolar disorder. However, despite their steady emotional state, they tend to be more irritable than those born in other months.

Famous October Babies & Historical Figures

Who else was born in October? Lots of celebrities and notable figures! There are way too many to list here, but here are some of the most recognizable names of famous October-born babies:

  • October 1, 1924: Jimmy Carter
  • October 2, 1869: Mahatma Gandhi
  • October 9, 1940: John Lennon
  • October 16, 1854: Oscar Wilde
  • October 17, 1972: Eminem
  • October 21, 1980: Kim Kardashian
  • October 22, 1952: Jeff Goldblum
  • October 25, 1881: Pablo Picasso
  • October 26, 1947: Hillary Clinton
  • October 28, 1955: Bill Gates
  • October 28, 1967: Julia Roberts
  • October 29, 1971: Winona Ryder

If you have hopes that your October baby will someday be president, then you’ll like this fun fact … More American Presidents have been born in October than any other month. October-born presidents include Adams, Hayes, Arthur, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Carter.

October Milestones: When will my baby … ?

As an expecting Mom or Dad, you’re probably already thinking about your baby’s biggest development milestones, like walking and talking. And since you know the due date is in October, you can make some pretty good predictions for when these milestones will happen.

Here’s approximately when your October-born baby will:

  • Crawl: 7 to 10 months. Your baby will probably be crawling between May and August of next year (and then you’re in trouble!).
  • Walk: 9 to 15 months. Babies begin walking at different ages, but chances are good that yours will take his/her first steps between July and the New Year.
  • Talk: 6 to 7 months. Sure, you’ll hear an occasional “mama” or “dada” as early as two months. But your baby’s first real, post-babbling words probably won’t come until next spring or so.
  • Smile: 6 to 12 weeks. Aside from those little gas smirks, your baby should be smiling for real after the New Year, if not sooner.
  • Eat solid food: 4 to 6 months. Solid foods will become much easier for your child to eat between February and April of next year.
  • Laugh: 4-ish months. Ready for cuteness overload? Baby’s first giggles should come before the end of winter.

Significant October Dates

You don’t have to be a history buff to like knowing that your baby was born on the same date as a significant historical event. Here are some notable dates in October:

  • October 1, 1908: Ford’s Model T car went on sale for the first time.
  • October 3, 1863: Thanksgiving Day was officially designated for the last Thursday in November by President Abraham Lincoln.
  • October 13, 1775 – United States Navy was established with the purchase of a fleet of ships by the Second Continental Congress.
  • October 29, 1929 – The great stock market crash of 1929, which was followed by the American Great Depression.

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