December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. It was the tenth month in the early Roman calendar and takes its name from the Latin word 'decem', which means 'ten'. It became the twelfth month in a later Roman calendar.
December marks the beginning of winter, and it is the time of rain, wind and snow. Winter can be a struggle for our garden wildlife, so give nature a warm welcome to your garden and let them call it home. You can help our feathered friends by making sure that your bird feeders are topped up with seeds and nuts and the bird bath is frost free and topped up with fresh clean water.
Get into the Christmas spirit with some recipes for the festive season. Serve a feast at the Christmas table. Enjoy some warming drinks and tuck into some traditional mince pies.
December is very much associated with Christmas and ancient believes and rituals underpin many of the Christmas Traditions that we celebrate today.
Holly, narcissus, and poinsetta are the flowers for the month of December.
It was popular in nineteenth century Victorian England to give plants as holiday gifts. Today we still love to give and recieve Christmas flowers. Here are a few of our favourite Christmas flowers.
Decembers moon is 'The Full Cold Moon'. During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule.
Whether you are young or old, there is a certain magic associated with Christmas Eve. The stockings have been hung here at Vintage, and we're all looking forward to the arrival of Father Christmas. : )
Have a very Happy Christmas!
"Heap on more wood! The wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We'll keep our Christmas merry still."
~ Sir Walter Scott