Today is the start of the first winter month of this season. December comes from the Latin decem meaning ten, as it was originally the tenth month in the Roman calendar.
In Scandinavia the countdown to Christmas begins today. Lots of people lit their "kalenderlys", which in translation means, "calendar candle". The candle has numbers printed on it, from 1 to 24. One is suppose to burn one number each day until Christmas Eve. A tradition mostly for kids, nevertheless I have one every year, this one is no exception. So, here we go, burning down the number 1.