December seems to have sprinted to the finish line this year!
Not only is this the last month of the year but this is a special time marking the end of one decade and the opening of a brand-new decade. Goodbye 2019 and hello soon to be 2020!
December’s meaning represents unity and trust. A Divine connection with success in all areas of life, as well as, challenges and commitments.
December Fun Facts:
- How December got its name
December has marked the end of the year and the coming of winter since the ancient Romans established their first calendar. Etymology shows, December is formed from the Latin root De-cem- which means “ten” … December as we know it is the twelfth month on the calendar.
Why is this? The ancient Roman calendar only had ten months in the year, beginning with March. January and February were eventually added to the end of the year after December. But by the time the Julian calendar was established in 45B.C.E., January and February appeared at the beginning of the year, which bumped all the original months and their originally assigned names back by two.
- Past names for December
Before December entered old English, other names for this time were Geolmonao (Gēolmōnað) meaning “yule” month. The early Germanic people celebrated this wintry season during a celebration called “yuletide,” a two-month celebration which included December and January. With the rise of Christianity, yule was condensed and adopted into the liturgical year taking the name of Christmastide, beginning Christmas day for a total of twelve days. The twelve days of Christmas.
(*) Information gathered from (https://www.dictionary.com/e/december/)
Personal Questions for Reflection:
- Where are you as we complete the end of the year and the end of this decade? Do this thought exercise before month’s end as a personal means of inventory and clarity.
- Take a moment for yourself. In this place where you are, take a personal and professional inventory of what you set out to do at the start of 2019 and what you’ve achieved.
- Make note of what you learned along the way. This marks movement and creates a range of experiences and abundant growth you’ll use to take further action.
- A time of completion, of winding down what has been in motion
- A time for an intimate connection with self and those in our inner circles
- A time for celebration; holidays, festivals, parties, and religiosity
- A time for planning and creating the year ahead
- A transition from fall to winter solstice/winter
- Movement from fall energy to inter energy
Marks the shortest and darkest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere and the beginning of summer and the longest day in the Southern hemisphere.
Winter Solstice Meaning:
(The following information is from an article from www.bustle.com)
Each year, the winter solstice falls a few days before Christmas. This isn’t just a coincidence; in fact, there’s a deeper meaning and symbolism found here. “The spiritual and energetic significance of the winter solstice is multi-layered, but the most direct relevance is that symbolizes the birth of the sun which is representative of the birth of Jesus.”
“The birth of these higher beings at this time of the solstice was symbolic of the birth of the spiritual sun within, that we are not separate from the Creator.” That’s where the religious aspect comes in.
Winter solstice is a metaphor for life and humanity. Love and hope.
December is a month of many multicultural celebrations of faith:
- 6th Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)
- 8th Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
- 8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception
- 12th Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico)
- 13th St. Lucia Day (Sweden)
- 19th St. Nicholas day (Ukraine-Orthodox)
- 21st winter solstice
- 21st Yule (Wiccan/Pagan)
- 23rd-30th Hanukkah (Jewish)
- 25th Christmas Day (Christian)
- 26th Boxing Day (Australia, Canada, England, Ireland)
- 26th Kwanzaa (African American)
- 31st Omisoka (Japan)
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