Days more famous than you knew
The Gregorian calendar (introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, 1582), placed the month of December last (12th) on the calendar. It was adjusted to the solar year. Before that, December held 10th place. This was a Roman military decision. Soldiers found themselves slow, battle-wise, as winter set in, so they kind of stopped time at the 10th month. This made sense to them since everything went dormant in the cold season. Turns out, December boasts a lot of holidays:
December 6– St. Nicholas Day, forerunner of Santa, inspires traditions around the world from hunts for presents to stockings or shoes filled with candies.
December 7-National Pearl Harbor Day. Remembering the day of infamy.
December 13- St. Lucia’s Day is a festival of light. Before the Gregorian calendar reform in 1752, Her feast day occurred on the shortest day of the year (hence the saying “Lucy light, Lucy light, shortest day and longest night”). This came before the Gregorian calendar.
December 15– Bill of Rights Day the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, which spell out our rights as Americans. It guarantees civil rights and liberties such as freedom of speech, press, and religion. It sets rules for due process of law and reserves all powers not delegated to the federal government to the people or the states. The original joint resolution proposing the Bill of Rights is on permanent display at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
December 17– Wright Brothers Day, the first two who held a sustained flight at Kitty Hawk.
December 19-26- Hanukkah the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple.
December 21– Winter Solstice, the astronomical first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and first day of summer in the Southern.
December 25- Christmas Day, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
December 26- Boxing Day takes place in the UK and the first day of Kwanza. A day when servants, tradesmen, and the less fortunate were presented with gifts. By the 21st century it became a day associated with shopping and sporting events.
Delta Hawaii, famous by word of mouth.
Once we have a visitor here, the response is overwhelming. They find value and aesthetics and opportunities. Of course, famous is a “relative word.” Just like December, there is much here you didn’t know. Why not join us and make up your own mind.
We wish you the very best that the holiday season has to offer!