The word "December" is a Latin word that originally meant "tenth month." Though December is now the twelfth month in the modern calendar, it was the tenth month in the days of the Roman Empire. At this time, the calendar was only ten months long -- starting with March and ending with December.Know More
The word "December" has two sub-parts in its original Latin. The root, "decem," means "ten." The suffix "ber" is thought to come from the Latin suffix "bris," which denotes the word as an adjective, changing its exact meaning from "ten" to "tenth."
December remained the tenth and final month of the Roman year until Nuna Pompilius, the second King of Rome who ruled around 700 BC, introduced two additional months into the year. These two months were Januarius and Februarius, later called January and February. They were inserted into the calendar prior to March, making December the twelfth month. However, its name and the names of the other months based on their position in the calendar stayed the same. Nuna did change the length of December, however. It had originally been 30 days long, and he shortened it to 29 days. Later, under the rule of Julius, December was lengthened to 31 days. However, it remained the twelfth month, regardless of its name's meaning.Learn more about Months & Seasons
Countries that are in the Southern Hemisphere have summer during the months of December, January and February; these countries include Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Summer is known to be the warmest season in each of these countries, as well as containing the hottest and longest days of the year, making it an excellent time to travel.Full Answer >
December 7, 1941 was a Sunday. This day is best remembered for being the date of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a result of the attack, the U.S. entered World War II.Full Answer >
There are two horoscope signs for December: Sagittarius and Capricorn. People born between Nov. 22 and Dec. 21 are Sagittarians, and people born between Dec. 22 and Jan. 19 are Capricorns.Full Answer >
Temperatures in Mexico in December vary considerably based on location, with cooler temperatures inland and warmer weather in coastal areas. Mexico City, a central location in Mexico, has an average daily temperature of 69 degrees Fahrenheit in December, while cities on the Pacific Coast and Yucatan Peninsula average in the mid to upper-80s throughout the month. These mild and dry conditions make December an ideal time to visit the country.Full Answer >