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December in History

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About the Month of December

December is the 12th month of the year and has 31 days.

Season (Northern Hemisphere): Winter

Holidays

Hanukkah
Christmas
Boxing Day
Kwanzaa
Read a New Book Month
Human Rights Month
Calendar Awareness Month
National Handwashing Awareness Week
National Fruit Cake Month

Symbols of December History:

December was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar. It gets its name from the Latin word "decem" which means tenth. However, when the Romans added January and February to the calendar, it became the twelfth month. They still kept the name, though.

December in Other Languages Historical Names: Fun Facts about December

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