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Facts about December

December is the month that contains Christmas and New Years' Eve--two major holidays.
December is the month that contains Christmas and New Years' Eve--two major holidays. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

December is the twelfth and final month of the year. December has 31 days and its birthstone is the blue turquoise. People who are born between December 1st and 21st are under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius (the Archer) and all those born between December 22nd and 31st are considered to be Capricorn (the Goat).

December is a month when snow is usually seen.
December is a month when snow is usually seen. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

In North America, December is often a cold month that can produce snowy conditions or even blizzards. Hence, it is a prime time of year to go ice skating outdoors or even sledding! December days are short and it gets dark before 5pm—but this comes with one major advantage: holiday lights.

December is probably best regarded as being the month that contains one of the world’s biggest holidays—Christmas. Since the sun sets early, scores of residential houses and shops come alive with vibrant and twinkling Christmas lights. Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas trees, elves, snowmen, and more can all appear as part of Christmas décor which is widespread throughout most of the world. Although Christmas Day always occurs on December 25th, the holiday is celebrated for over a month. Furthermore, December 31st is also the holiday of “New Years’ Eve” when the whole world waits to welcome in a New Year!

Due to its association with Christmas, December is a month that is mentioned in many holiday songs and movies, or at least heavily referenced. For example, “Let It Snow” is a classic holiday tune that remarks on the “frightful” snowy weather that often occurs in December. Films like “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Home Alone” also center around Christmas/December.

Yet December is the host month to more than Christmas and New Years’ Eve. For instance, Nobel Prizes are awarded in December and it is also Universal Human Rights Month and National Read a New Book Month. December 27th also holds the distinction of being National Chocolate Day.