Origin of December
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What is December?
December is the twelfth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. It has 31 days and is between November and January.
In the Northern Hemisphere, winter begins in December, while in the Southern Hemisphere, summer begins.
A solstice happens in December, often marked on December 21, although the actual day may be December 20, 21, or 22. A solstice is when the sun is the farthest from the Earth’s celestial equator. The Southern Hemisphere experiences its summer solstice, with the sun reaching the southernmost point on the celestial sphere. Naturally, the Northern Hemisphere experiences its winter solstice.
Many holidays are celebrated in December, including the Budhhist Bodhi Day, the Jewish Hanukkah (though it can start in November), the Christian Christmas, and the African American Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday, while Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, and Christmas are religious holidays, though many people celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas as cultural holidays.
Example: December is my favorite month because I can finally take some time off work and be with my family.
Where does December come from?
The first records of the word December come from before 1000. It ultimately comes from the Latin December, meaning “tenth month.”
In the 10-month Roman calendar, which started with March, December was the tenth month. When Julius Caesar took control of Rome, he changed the length of some months and added new ones because January was falling in autumn due to the calendar’s inaccuracies. He added Quintilis, later to become July (named after Julius), and Sextilis, which would later become August (named after Augustus Caesar). This is how December went from being the tenth month to the twelfth. Our Gregorian calendar is based on this Julius calendar.
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How is December used in real life?
Many countries and cultures celebrate a holiday in December.
❄️ HAPPY DECEMBER 1ST! *covers you in tinsel* ❄️
— Phil Lester (@AmazingPhil) December 1, 2015
Motorsport video comes out December 1st💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 I can’t wait to see it
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) November 24, 2017
Super Bowl announced attendance is 70,081. MLS Cup attendance in December was 73,019.
— Justin Felder (@Justin_FOX5) February 4, 2019
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December is named after the Latin word for ten.
How to use December in a sentence
After he finished cancer treatment in December, his doctors advised him to get immunized as soon as he could, given his weakened immune system.As delays hamper some second coronavirus vaccine doses, a debate rages: Prioritize one shot or two?|Meryl Kornfield|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
In December, Epstein agreed, noting that with the physical eviction moratorium in place, tenants were still protected, and in effect, his ruling was only allowing the eviction process to begin and would only impact around 500 cases.Judge denies District’s latest request to stop eviction filings|Kyle Swenson|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
The agency said in a statement that it planned to continue that mission, implementing a new law Congress passed in December designed to toughen oversight of aviation manufacturers.FAA fines Boeing $5.4 million for not fulfilling terms of long-running safety agreement|Ian Duncan|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
The price adjustment for refinance transactions that took effect in December is adding to the cost.Mortgage rates surge higher for second week in a row|Kathy Orton|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
It has amassed over 41,000 followers since it launched in December.‘We need to see ourselves as a media business’: AC Milan’s endgame for content|Seb Joseph|February 25, 2021|Digiday
The various members met for the first time when they traveled to Gambia at the beginning of December to carry out their plan.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In December, he did his first trunk shows in Paris and New York.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Back in December, and just in time for Hanukkah, J.K. Rowling revealed via Twitter that there were Jewish wizards at Hogwarts.Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror|Candida Moss, Joel Baden|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This article is adapted from one by Masud Moheb originally published by IranWire on 26 December 2014.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He was killed by his captors during the U.S. rescue attempt in Yemen in December.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says|Kimberly Dozier|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A letter from Fajardo to the king (December 10, 1621) concerns various matters of administration and business.
A royal decree (December 31, 1622) orders the Dominicans in the Philippines not to meddle in affairs of government.
In December, 1781, thirty-eight publicans were fined for allowing "tippling" on Sundays.
When the harvest time arrives in December, each tenant carries his crop to the mill for grinding.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
The present bronze coinage came into use December 1st, 1860, and Messrs. Heaton have had several contracts therefor since then.