December is the 12th and final month of the year. At one time, though the last month, it was the tenth month, as the Latin Decem denotes. However, when January and February were added to the calendar, December fell to the twelfth position.
December has the shortest daylight hours of any month and marks the beginning of winter in the US on December 21st or 22nd. Known as the Winter 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 not the coldest month, December can bring snow. Folklore suggests that if it snows on Christmas Day, then Easter will be warm, green, and sunny.
Babies born in December are born under the zodiac signs of Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) and Capricorn (December 22 – January 19). Those born under the sign of Sagittarius love to ask questions and live for the future. Little Junior may enjoy the question “why” quite a bit. Capricorns are very determined, practical, and helpful. A study in the UK found that babies born in December were better behaved than kids born in others months – something to make December parents smile.
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 here in the US. 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 Sagittariuns.
Most people know December for Christmas and New Year Years Eve, however, those of the Jewish faith celebrate Chanukah and African Americans often celebrate Kwanzaa. If this is not enough celebration for you, you can also celebrate Human Rights, National Read a New Book, or even pay attention to which Nobel Prizes are awarded. If chocolate is your food of choice, then definitely mark December 27th on your calendar – it’s National Chocolate Day.
December seems to be a month of big events, as the upcoming birth of a baby might suggest! For instance, the first newspaper was printed in December of 1791, the Bill of Rights was passed in December of 1791, the Wright Brothers flew an airplane for the first time in December of 1903, and the first heart transplant was completed in December of 1967.
If you have your heart set on having a dentist in the family, your December baby may just be the ticket. A 2011 study found that more dentists have birthdays in December than any other month. Their personalities also allow them to do well in law, communication, language and teaching. But December is also the birth month for other occupations such as singers, golfers, journalists, Olympians, and inventors, as famous people such as Bette Midler, Lee Trevino, Stone Phillips, Katerina Witt, and Eli Whitney would attest.
No matter what, it seems that those born in December are always surrounded by friends, so parents of these babies, get ready for lots of guests.