Winter begins with the winter solstice in December but besides cold weather, it means the amount of daylight each day will start increasing.
December is named after “decem” which is Latin for “ten” (the first month in the Roman calendar is March).
The birth flower is Holly or Narcissus.
There are 2 modern birthstones: Zircon (wealth, wisdom and honor) and Tanzanite (understanding and contentment) which became an official birthstone on October 30, 2002 when the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) revised the birthstone list in the first revision since 1912. The traditional birthstone is Turquoise (new possibilities and happiness).