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December 2020 Calendar
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More specifically, on our December 2020 Calendar, you will find 31 days and four major holidays. In fact, on every calendar on VLCalendar.com, you’ll see that we’ve labelled all major holidays for your planning convenience. On the December 2020 Calendar these holidays are the first day of winter, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
Moon Phases for December 2020
Many people enjoy time off in December for the holiday season. So this may be a great time to stay up late and enjoy gazing at the moon. In fact, if you’re curious as to when the moon will be in its most prominent phases, keep reading below!
- Third Quarter Moon – Monday, December 7 2020
- New Moon – Monday, December 14 2020
- First Quarter Moon – Monday, December 21 2020 (The same day as the first day of winter!)
- Full Moon – Tuesday, December 29 2020 (Also known as the Cold Moon.)
The Month of December in the United States
You already know that December is the last month of the year. But did you know that it also used to be the tenth month? You see, prior to 153 BCE the format of the calendar used was known as the Roman calendar. In the Roman Calendar, the year began with March and ended with December. Therefore, the months of January and February did not exist. In fact, their days weren’t even numbered.
Knowing that December used to be the tenth month of the year makes a lot of sense when you break down its name. Have you ever seen the prefix “dec” before? What about a DECagon, a ten-sided figure? That’s right, in Latin “dec” means ten. Therefore, the month of December was originally named after the number ten. However, even when the month became the twelfth month of the year, the name still stuck.
Another fun fact regarding December is the weather. While north of the equator December is the month that kicks off the cold winter months, this is not so in the southern hemisphere. Believe it or not, in countries south of the equator, December is the beginning of warm, summer months!
The First Day of Winter in the United States
On the December Calendar, you’ll find the first day of winter on Monday, December 21, 2020. This day is also known as the “Winter Solstice.”
The actual date of the first day of winter differs slightly each year. This is because it’s dependent on when the sun’s rays are weakest in the Northern Hemisphere, and strongest in the Southern Hemisphere. Additionally, the start of winter means less daylight hours north of the equator, and longer hours south of the equator. Therefore, in the United States, the first day of winter is known as the “shortest day of the year.”
Christmas Eve in the United States
Christmas Eve is held every year on December 24, the day prior to Christmas. On the December 2020 Calendar, you’ll see that Christmas Eve falls on a Thursday. Although Christmas Eve and Christmas are Catholic holidays, they are also considered public holidays. This means that the majority of schools and businesses will be closed on this day (or at least by dinnertime).
While traditions will differ by family and faith, for many people it is customary to attend mass at midnight. Other families may choose to open gifts at midnight of Christmas Eve as this is when it officially becomes “Christmas.” Although every family differs in their traditions, Christmas Eve is often a time for baking, eating, drinking, gathering with close friends and family, and exchanging and opening gifts.
Christmas Day in the United States
Following Christmas Eve, Christmas Day is always held on December 25 to celebrate the birth of Christ in the Christian religion. On the December 2020 Calendar, available for download below, Christmas Day will be on a Friday.
Just like Christmas Eve, but probably more so, Christmas Day is a public holiday. Most businesses are closed for the entire day. And again, traditions differ by family. While some families wake up early to see what presents “Santa Claus” has brought the “well-behaved” boys and girls, other families go to Church first thing in the morning.
Additionally, many people will have close friends and family over on this day to celebrate and exchange more gifts. It is customary to prepare a lavish meal complete with a large turkey or ham. Other popular symbols of Christmas Day include homes decorated with lights, mistletoe, a Christmas tree, Christmas ornaments, and Santa Claus in his fluffy red and white suit!
New Year’s Eve in the United States
Ending the year with a “bang,” New Year’s Eve always takes place on the last day of the year: December 31. This is because it’s the way in which Americans say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new year. On the December Calendar, you’ll find New Year’s Eve on Thursday, December 31, 2020.
While some businesses consider New Year’s Eve a public holiday, many will simply close early. Because the main point of this holiday is to count down until the new year at midnight, most celebrations do not begin until late in the evening. Typical New Year’s Eve parties may include champagne, fireworks, and decorations featuring the number of the New Year.