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    December Fun Facts

    Blog by Kirian McClure

    Usually, if you ask the average person what their favorite time of year is they tend to say summer. Summer certainly has its appeal but for the more body conscious among us, its obvious drawbacks as well.  Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for fall and all the amazing things that come with it.  Its a time of change, the final phase before the shedding of the years accumulated trappings happens officially in spring.  Feelings about December run the gamut and it has a dizzyingly enormous number of dates, events, and feelings tied to it.

    Often people think of frigid cold and interminable darkness when they think of December but that couldn’t be farther away from my perception of it.  Thick coats, tightly wound scarves, snowflakes drifting lazily through the air, that comfortable coziness of getting home and plopping down in front of the heater, these are the lasting memories that I associate with the winter months.

    Heres a few fun facts that might cause you to see December in a new light:

    • December is both the Universal Human Rights month and the National Read a New Book month
    • December 1st is World AIDS Day
    • In 1836 Alabama became the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday
    • Kris Kringle is the namesake for two U.S. towns, these being Santa, Idaho and Santa Claus, Indiana
    • The popular holiday tune “Jingle Bells,” was originally written for an 1857 Thanksgiving celebration
    • The Bill of Rights was passed on December 14, 1791
    • America’s National Christmas tree is a giant sequoia located in King’s Canyon National Park in California and is over 300 feet high. It was made the official tree in 1925
    • Approximately 33 million live Christmas trees are sold in North America every year
    • 40 percent of all batteries are sold for the year are sold during the holiday months
    • Over 30 percent of the popular meats eaten this holiday season will be wasted

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