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Template:Wiktionary Template:DecemberCalendar December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.

December begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Sagittarius and ends in the sign of Capricorn. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Ophiuchus, which is the only zodiacal constellation that is not counted as an astrological sign, and ends in the constellation of Sagittarius.

The name is from the Latin decem for "ten". December was the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February.



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December, from the Très riches heures du duc de Berry

The holiday, which occurs on December 25, celebrates the birth of Jesus. Some countries (e.g. Denmark) celebrate Christmas on December 24.


  • December always begins with the same day of the week as September.
  • December's flower is the holly.
  • December's birthstone is tanzinite

Other names

  • In Finnish, December is called joulukuu, meaning "month of Christmas", since about the 18th century. Earlier it was called talvikuu, meaning "month of winter".
  • In Irish, December is called Mí na Nollaig, meaning "month of Christmas".

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