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It Happens in the Month of December
Ellen Jackson
Illustrated by Pat DeWitt and Robin DeWitt
Non-Fiction (Series)
Ages 6 to 8
Charlesbridge, 2002, 0-88106-958-2
  December is the month when nights are the longest. Because of this people all over the world have found ways to try to bring a little light into these dark days. In the past people lit candles and lamps, built fires and lit Yule logs; they had special celebrations when they ate special foods, shared songs and exchanged gifts. Though many of us celebrate the more modern festivals of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza, long before these celebrations came into being, people celebrated the winter solstice and found ways to forget the dark and cold of the deep winter.
  Of course today December is almost synonymous with Christmas and Hanukkah. When we think of December we think of Christmas trees, puddings, and presents. Or we think of eating latkes, lighting candles in the menorah and playing with a dreidel.
  We perhaps forget that this is the month when many places get their first snow. It is a time when many animals have to work hard to find food and when some humans put out bird feeders for their feathered and furred neighbors. Because deciduous trees are mostly bare now, evergreens with their bright needles and warm greens are particularly noticeable and welcome.
  In this excellent volume readers will be reminded that December is not just the month for our favorite holidays. They will learn what the December sign of the zodiac is, what the flower of the month is, which historic events took place in this month, and much more.

It happens in the month of December


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