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December 2015

The name comes from decem, "ten", which is Latin. It seems odd that the name of the twelfth month of the year, "December", is derived from the Latin word for "ten", until you realize that the earliest Roman calendar had just ten months. (source)

Bingo Month
The Invention and History of Bingo

Write a Friend Month
On December 7 we celebrate the day by writing letters. This month is well known for "catching up" with friends and updating friends on what is going on in your life. 

Human Rights Month
"When, in the history of this country, have we ever given rights to a group of people and - once we've had time to adjust to the change - regretted the decision later? Never. Not once." Todd Glass
December 10 is the day this month that we take time to really study human rights and bring awareness to it. But don't wait until then to learn how you can make a difference!

Tie Month
Neckties through the Ages
My good friend Jason does 'Tie Tuesday'. Every Tuesday he Instagrams a pic of the tie he is wearing that day. Jason has great style so he's always looking fine!
How to Tie a Necktie: A Comprehensive Knotting Guide
Some different neckties: Laser-Guided Tactical NecktieChain Mail Necktie, Ties from Uncommon GoodsLight Up Ties


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