1, 1640 - Portugal - Restoration Day: The date of 1st December, 1640 represents an important milestone
in the History of Portugal: the demise of the
"Sixty Years' Captivity" under Spanish ruling.
2, 1804 - Bonaparte proclaimed himself emperor as Napoleon I.
4 - Day of Saint Barbara: Saint Barbara lived in the third century. Enraged that she had converted to Christianity, her father shut her up in a tower and dragged her
before the perfect of the province, who put her to death; her father himself beheaded her.
As god's punishment, on his way home he was struck by lightening and his body consumed.
Saint Barbara is venerated since the seventh century and she is invoked to protect from violent death.
She became patroness of all those who work with stone, and in the States she is also the
patroness of the artillerymen.
6 - National Day in Finland: celebration of the independence obtained in 1917.
6 - Saint Nicholas' Day: Saint Nicholas lived long, long ago in Lycie, a western region of Asia that is now part of Turkey.
He died very old - precisely on a 6th December. In his honour, this date became a day for giving presents,
especially in certain countries in northern Europe, and because of his generosity and great love for children
he became Father Christmas or Santa Claus in popular belief and imagination
and gave rise to very many legends.
8 - Day of the Immaculated Conception: the 8th of December is a true holy day to honour the Virgin Mary.
Until a few years ago in Portugal, we would celebrate Mother's Day on this date - that is a holy day and also a holiday in Spain
and Italy as well. Celebrating Mother's Days on the 8th December makes much more sense than celebrating it
on whatever a May Sunday, still different in each country. Unfortunately, Portugal's "wise" leaders showed a
great sense of "original thought" and changed the date so as to be like everybody else in the European Union.
In Spain, apparently, people was sensible enough to keep Mother's Day on the 8th December.
13 - Day of Saint Lucy: Saint Lucy was born at Syracuse, in Sicily, when the Christians were
still persecuted by Rome. She was a beautiful and caring girl and had embraced Christianity still very
young. She practised her faith in secret but once discovered, she was martyrized. She died in 304 AD
at the age of 21; she is the patron saint of blindness.
25 - For the Christian world, CHRISTMAS is the annual festival celebrating Christ's birth,
held on December 25. This celebration has conquered today a universal traditional character, and Christmas is a family event, no matter what our religious faith is.
Christmas is a token of joy and gift, of Love and share among people.
26 - Day of Saint Stephen: Saint Stephen is reputed to having known the twelve Apostles who
appointed him head of the deacons. Some believe he was also a cousin of Saul, later Saint Paul.
Saint Stephen was persecuted by the Sanhedrin and stoned to death by them in the year 35 AD.
Saint Paul, who was still at the time a fire-breathing Pharisee, presided at the scene of his martydom.