10 Facts 

December begins: Top 10 facts about the month of Christmas

1. The month of December gets its name from “decem” the Latin for 10, as December was the 10th month in the ancient Roman calendar.

2. December is the month when most proposals of marriage are accepted. Most proposals happen in the week leading up to Christmas.

3. December brings the least sunshine to the UK. In December 1890, Westminster saw none at all.

4. “Men are April when they woo, December when they wed,” (Shakespeare, As You Like It).

5. The only film with “December” in its title to win an Oscar was December 7th, a 1943 documentary about Pearl Harbor directed by John Ford.

6. The 17th century writer Richard Saunders, said that in December “Melancholy and phlegm do much increase, which are heavy, dull and cold.”

7. His recommendation was to keep heads and bodies free from cold and to eat hot food.

8. “As I am in a complete Decemberish humour: gloomy, sullen, stupid,” (Robert Burns, 1793).

9. December is the busiest month for cash withdrawals from ATMs in the UK. A total of about £11billion is expected to be taken out.

10. In the USA, December is National Eggnog Month, Fruitcake Month and Pear Month.

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