december facts

December, a month synonymous with festivities, winter wonderlands, and year-end reflections, holds many secrets waiting to be unveiled. Dive into these 30 captivating facts about December and discover the magic that makes this month truly special.

30 Fun Facts About December

  1. December is the twelfth and final month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. ✅
  2. The name “December” comes from the Latin word decem which means “ten” because December was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar. ✅
  3. December has the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. ✅
  4. December’s birth flower is the narcissus. ✅
  5. Turquoise and zircon are the gemstones for December. ✅
  6. December is National Fruitcake Month in the U.S. ✅
  7. December 28th is known as Card Playing Day. ✅
  8. December 13th is National Cocoa Day. ✅
  9. The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany, using goose feathers that were dyed green. ✅
  10. The first Christmas card was created in England on December 9, 1842. ✅
  11. The song “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas. ✅
  12. December is National Pear Month in the U.S. ✅
  13. The first controlled flight of an airplane by the Wright Brothers happened in December 1903. ✅
  14. December 16th is National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day. ✅
  15. The first event of the Boston Tea Party took place in December 1773. ✅
  16. December 7th is the day Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941. ✅
  17. December 20th is Go Caroling Day. ✅
  18. The movie “Titanic” was released in December 1997. ✅
  19. December 4th is National Cookie Day. ✅
  20. The first SMS text message was sent in December 1992. ✅
  21. December 14th is Monkey Day. ✅
  22. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in December 1901. ✅
  23. December 15th is National Lemon Cupcake Day. ✅
  24. The first state to ratify the U.S Constitution was Delaware in December 1787. ✅
  25. December 29th is Tick Tock Day. ✅
  26. The first crossword puzzle was published in December 1913. ✅
  27. December 8th is National Brownie Day. ✅
  28. The game “Pong”, one of the first video games, was released in December 1972. ✅
  29. December 21st is the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. ✅
  30. December 31st is celebrated as New Year’s Eve around the world. ✅


As we wrap up our journey through December’s intriguing tales and tidbits, it’s evident that this month is not just about the holidays. From historical milestones to quirky celebrations, December never ceases to amaze and inspire. As we bid farewell to this enchanting month, let’s carry its spirit of wonder and joy into the new year. For more insights into the world’s traditions and history, check out BBC’s History section.

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