December is the twelfth and final month of the Gregorian calendar and the first month of winter. It gets its name from the Latin word “decem,” meaning “ten,” as December was the tenth and final month of the oldest Roman calendar. The Saxons called it “winter-monat” or winter month, and “heligh-monat,” or holy month from the fact that Christmas fell within it.
Winter orchestrates the dance
In chilling winds and biting air.
Snowflakes whirl and skip and prance,
Waltzing wildly without a care.
Bowing swiftly to their mates.
They turn and glide in perfect time.
Spinning on their magic skates,
Across the frozen fields they climb.
Lilting measures rise and fall
In time with flakes of white,
While all God’s creatures watch the ball,
Bedazzled by the sight.
When gradually the music dies,
There’s not a single sound
As small white dancers from the sky
Take rest upon the ground.
by Ava M. Plover
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You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post December House Quilt Block.