Hello December, the twelfth and final month! Of course, everyone wants to wrap up all the hard work and end the year with a bang. That's why we prepared a list of December quotes to encapsulate the best of the season this month delivers.
As we all know, many of us manage an overloaded December schedule filled with activities, whether job or family-related. Kids are busy opening their Christmas treats and gifts. Adults have multiple parties to attend while preparing for the Christmas celebration. But, of course, a busy schedule goes both ways, and December also provides some welcome holiday time to enjoy and relax.
Our December celebrations, which can be both traditional and modern, bring warmth through gifs, feasts, and gatherings. Indeed, our curated December quotes below will inspire you to make the most of this final month of the year as the winter draws in and the Christmas decorations come out of the cupboards.
Amidst all the Christmas preparations and the looming office party, you might like to check out our tips for a zero-waste Christmas and browse our selection of zero-waste gifts or eco-friendly stocking stuffers, both there to help you enjoy the festivities while minimizing your impact on the environment.
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Around December 21 marks the winter solstice for countries in the North Hemisphere, wherein the Earth tilts farthest from the Sun. As a result, this day will have the longest night, around 16 hours.
Fortunately for us living in the present day, our December is filled with light, food, and merry-making all month long. And for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we may even experience the serenity of some winter snow.
As Aristotle said, "To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold." Here are some inspirational December quotes that wrap up this month's joy and combat December’s bad weather.
"It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready."
~ Sarah Kay
The Anglo-Saxons' ancient name for December is Winter Monath or Winter Month, which fits it well since December 1 is officially the start of the meteorological winter season. So it would be best if you prepared your sweaters and scarves for parties and shopping amidst the chill December brings.
Grab a sustainable blanket and hot chocolate as well as you continue to read the following December quotes.
“December is the toughest month of the year. Others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, October, August, and February.”
~ Mark Twain
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
~ Albert Camus
“Outside the house it was storming, a busy downfall of flakes that the wind blew lightly across acres of old snow left from December.”
~ Gladys Hasty Carroll
"Yet my heart loves December’s smile As much as July’s golden beam; Then let us sit and watch the while. The blue ice curdling on the stream."
~ Emily Bronte
"May and October, the best-smelling months? I’ll make a case for December: evergreen, frost, wood smoke, cinnamon. December’s immaculate coldness feels warm. December feels like blood."
~ Zinaida Gippius
Another name Anglo-Saxons gave to December is Heligh Monath, or Holy Month, since Christmas, historically a Christian holiday, is on the 25th. Today many traditions from Christmas’s origins remain, while other Christmas customs worldwide have evolved.
For example, rather than turkeys or ham at the center table, the Japanese will wait long hours at KFC chains to buy a bucket of fried chicken. Colombians light little candles to mark the start of the Christmas season. Aside from Santa Claus, Icelandic kids have thirteen mischievous trolls visiting them.
Discover or start more fun yuletide rituals after checking our December motivational quotes below.
Related: 7 Tips for Zero Waste Holidays And Times Away From Home.
In December 1948, the United Nations codified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And aside from that, commemorating Universal Month for Human Rights in December is also fitting. It is because many historical events in this month showed how people suffered and stood up for equality, justice, and the morality of all humans. Furthermore, this month also holds a variety of celebrations from different races and religions, encouraging all of us to coexist peacefully.
As you read the December quotes below, look back into the past and learn how to stand up for human rights.
Related: You might also like to check out our compilation of equality and diversity quotes.
“Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year.”
~ P. J. O’Rourke
The December days’ activities encourage us to spend on family gatherings, office parties, holiday decorations, and vacations, and we can't forget gift shopping. According to a 2022 survey by the National Retail Foundation, most consumers spending spans the top five gift categories; clothes, gift cards, toys, books or other media, and food or candies. So despite inflation over the past year, nothing can stop the spirit of gift-giving we all have during December.
Aside from the presents, check out what other things people are busy with across the final month by reading our December quotes below.
“A bare tree stands with roots on both ends in December days.”
~ Kiran Bantawa
“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.”
~ John Keats
One of the brightest stellar performances occurs every mid-December as the Geminid meteor shower produces 120 meteors per hour at its peak. These show stoppers, which are bright, fast, and multi-colored, were less impressive when observers discovered them in the 1800s.
Based on an article by the Royal Astronomical Society, mathematical modeling of a 30-year observation proved that Geminid's activity would rise with time all because the core moves steadily towards the Earth.
As you wait for a celestial event this month and welcome December, look through the following noteworthy December quotes from art and literature.
"Remember this December, That love weighs more than gold!”
~ Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
"Who is not a love seeker when December comes? Even children pray to Santa Claus."
~ Rod McKuen
Traditional celebrations during December don't start and end with Christmas Day. So we should also know about a couple of other significant occasions people celebrate. First, Kwanzaa, a young holiday that only began in 1966, commemorates the African-American culture. Second, Hannukah, which means dedication, observes a past miracle event when Jews regained control over the Temple.
Even if you don't have African or Jewish roots, learning about these occasions brings solidarity among us in the last month of the year.
As November comes to an end and December gets underway, spread love, peace, and harmony by posting the following hello December quotes, sayings, and captions on your social media.
“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come.”
~ Fennel Hudson
Choose quotes for December for your socials, as the end of the year is a time of renewal as we start to prepare for the next year.