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December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. December in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to June in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.


  • In cold December fragrant chaplets blow,
    And heavy harvests nod beneath the snow.
  • When we shall hear
    The rain and wind beat dark December, how,
    In this our pinching cave, shall we discourse
    The freezing hours away?

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 184.
  • Only the sea intoning,
    Only the wainscot-mouse,
    Only the wild wind moaning
    Over the lonely house.
  • Wild was the day; the wintry sea
    Moaned sadly on New England's strand,
    When first the thoughtful and the free,
    Our fathers, trod the desert land.
  • December drops no weak, relenting tear,
    By our fond Summer sympathies ensnared,
    Nor from the perfect circle of the year
    Can even Winter's crystal gems be spared.
  • Shout now! The months with loud acclaim,
    Take up the cry and send it forth;
    May breathing sweet her Spring perfumes,
    November thundering from the North.
    With hands upraised, as with one voice,
    They join their notes in grand accord;
    Hail to December! say they all,
    It gave to Earth our Christ the Lord!
  • In a drear-nighted December,
    Too happy, happy brook,
    Thy bubblings ne'er remember
    Apollo's summer look;
    But with a sweet forgetting,
    They stay their crystal fretting,
    Never, never petting
    About the frozen time
  • The sun that brief December day
    Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
    And, darkly circled, gave at noon
    A sadder light than waning moon.

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