December Fun Facts
- December: from decem, Latin for “ten”. It was originally the 10th month of the Roman calendar.
- Flower: Narcissus and Holly
- Birthstone: Turquoise and Tanzanite
- Zodiac Signs: Sagittarius the Centaur (Nov 22/Dec 21) / Capricorn Sea-Goat (Dec 22/Jan 19)
- Northern Hemisphere Full Moon Names: Moon Before Yule, or Long Night Moon
- Southern Hemisphere Full Moon Names: Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon, Rose Moon
I always combine tasks with awareness and fun events. Below is a list of awareness days (as close to the actual date as possible), mixed with some tasks to consider doing in and around your home, and also some fun things to do and in some cases, foods that are commonly served around awareness events.
December Organizational Tasks
- Set aside the first day of each month to review your calendar, making note of upcoming appointments, concerts, birthdays, special events, family nights, etc. Remember to schedule time for yourself in your calendar.
- Plan holiday menus with your whole family. Get everyone involved so it is more fun.
- Bake extra casseroles or dinners on busy nights or when company arrives so you can enjoy visiting instead of working in the kitchen. Let guests help if they ask.
- Go through your decorations and plan on doing a few things each week before the holidays.
- Handwashing Tips. I have worked in the healthcare field for 25+ years and one thing that has never changed with regard to avoiding spreading germs is by handwashing.
- Pet Safety: Be extra careful of your pets during this entire month because most animals LOVE sparkly things and items that crinkle and make noises and rattle.
- December 7th: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which was the event that launched the United States into World War II. The result of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor was the turning point of what made the United States the power that it is today because of the changes that were made as a result of the lessons learned. I went to see Pearl Harbor in June 2014 and I was touched to my very core
- If you have not already done this, order your free credit report (www.annualcreditreport.com) from all 3 credit reporting agencies and review them for correctness and/or get corrected, if necessary.
- Make the very best of all the holiday sales that will be offered.
- Back up all documents onto CD. It is only a matter of time before your computer will stop working.
- What a great time of the year to make gingerbread: houses, cookies, cakes, bars, pancakes, waffles. Yummy – it smells so good while the gingerbread is cooking! Gingerbread and December go together like a glove!
- Go through your pantry, fridge, freezer, and cupboards to shift older food items to the front so you use them prior to the expiration date, take note of what is and is not there so that you know what to get in order to complete your holiday menu items.
- Make up a large grocery list for the holiday season, including your baking needs. Keep in mind that many seasonings and other baking goods go on sale around the holidays.
- Don’t forget your elderly relatives and neighbors during the holiday season. They may not have any family nearby. Invite them over to see your decorations and enjoy a visit.
- Consolidate everything needed to host any celebrations at your house such as extra napkins, desserts, and other food items.
- Un-clutter one hot spot in an area guests will see, such as a coffee table, dining room table, kitchen counter top or side table.
- Drive around town with your family and enjoy the holiday lights. When you get back home again, let everyone enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows floating on top.
- Deep-clean the guest bathroom and bedroom.
- Back up the info on your cell phone: use a memory stick to download your contact info, mobile back-up your cell phone company which backs up each time your phone is turned on; sim card back up.
- Finish all homemade gifts. People will appreciate the effort you put into it.
- Make final plans for New Year’s Eve. Don’t forget to confirm a babysitter for any children and stock up on party supplies.
- Winter Solstice (also known as Yule), December 22, 2015 at 4:48 pm GMT (United Kingdom) and on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 11:49 pm EST is an astronomical phenomena that marks the beginning of winter. It is the shortest day of and the longest night of the year.
- Have you ever wondered what to do with all of those take out menus that appear in your mailbox, get hung on your door knob, or that you pick up at restaurants?
- December 24: follow Santa as he makes his rounds worldwide by using the North American Aerospace Defense Command, otherwise known as NORAD.
- Get your on-line shopping done before the items you wish to purchase are out of stock.
- After all Christmas cooking and baking, give your kitchen counters a good scrubbing.
- Review your new year’s resolutions and get ready to follow them starting at midnight.
- Relax and pamper yourself before the holidays.
- Pick out outfits for the holiday season, making sure they are in good and wearable condition. If not you will still have time to purchase what is needed.
- New Year’s Trivia: Did you know that a raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top?
Happy and Prosperous New Year to Everyone!