We have come to the last month of the year, December. December got its name from the Latin word "decem" for "10" since it was the 10th month of the Roman year.

The 12th and last month of our year has 31 days. December remind us of Christmas -- Jesus Christ's birthday -- joyful holidays and time to pay our personal property and real estate taxes.

Charlemagne named the months agriculturally in old German in the 15th Century. He named the 12th month Heilagmanoth (holy month).

The origin of weekdays

Friday -- Friggs day (old Norse goddess, Frigg, wife of Odin and goddess of heaven, presiding over marriage of the home).

Saturday -- Saturns day (Roman god Saturn, the god of agriculture).

Sunday -- Sun day (celestial) a modernization of "Sunnendaeg," day of the sun. The first day of the week is observed as the sabbath by most Christian denominations.

Thanks to the Farmers Almanac, the dictionary and material found on the computer by Steve Arthur and Ruth Moriarity, we've enjoyed sharing the origin of our calendar, and the name of the months and weekdays with you this year.

Jim and Opal Flinn, Ellis, are members of the Generations Advisory Group.