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December is the 12th and last month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, and as such should properly be called dodecember. As the name suggests, December was originally the tenth month of the year, but government workers inserted additional months mid-year centuries ago, and no one ever bothered to rework the nomenclature.

December is:

Universal Human Rights Month
National Egg Nog Month
National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
National Fruit Cake Month
National Pear Month
No Gender December

December's flower is the Narcissus (preferably one of the verities that bloom in the winter)

December's children have the birthstone of Turquoise

The full moon in December is called Hunters' Moon or Ice Moon.

De*cem"ber (?), n. [F. d'ecembre, from L. December, fr. decem ten; this being the tenth month among the early Romans, who began the year in March. See Ten.]

1.

The twelfth and last month of the year, containing thirty-one days. During this month occurs the winter solstice.

2.

Fig.: With reference to the end of the year and to the winter season; as, the December of his life.

 

© Webster 1913.

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