Monthly Newsletter December 1, 2022

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

December is here and ringing with good cheer for the holiday season! The Quad Cities are hopping again during the most wonderful time of the year! We are kicking off the festivities right after Thanksgiving with the 23rd year of The Valley of Lights in Prescott Valley. Prescott is celebrating with their 40th annual Christmas Parade & 68th annual Courthouse Lighting on December 3rd in Arizona’s Christmas City. But that is just the beginning of the many Holiday happenings in this amazing area as we move towards New Year’s Eve and the Whisky Row annual Boot Drop. From The Zoo to the Event Center you are sure to find something to inspire everybody during this magical time of year. To find out more about what is happening and where just visit for a Community Connection. And remember we are your Friendly Hometown Realtors and we are always ready to help whether selling your current home, buying a new home …..Or both! We are the deSoto Team and we are wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Come, come thou bleak December wind,
And blow the dry leaves from the tree!
Flash, like a Love-thought, thro’ me, Death
And take a Life that wearies me.

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Moon Phases for December 2022 for Prescott Valley, AZ

Full Moon on the 7th is called “Cold Moon” by Native Americans of New England and the Great Lakes because at this time of the year the nights are long, the days are short and so less sunlight means more cold days.

The Geminids Meteor Shower will appear from December 4-17.
​​​​​​​They will peak on December 12.

Full Moon, December 7 at 9:09 P.M.
Last Quarter, December 16 at 1:59 A.M.
New Moon, December 23 at 3:17 A.M.
First Quarter, December 29 at 6:22 P.M
All times in Arizona time.

The Month of December is . . .

National Tie Month

Write a Friend Month

National Pear Month

Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month

Bingo’s Birthday Month

Weeks to Celebrate!

National Handwashing Awareness Week – 1st Week of the Month

Human Rights Week – 2nd Week of the Month

Thank a Soldier Week – The Week Including Christmas

Days to Celebrate!

  • Dec 1 – Eat a Red Apple Day
    Dec 3 – Make a Gift Day
  • Dec 4 – Wear Brown Shoes Day
  • Dec 8 – Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day
  • Dec 9 – Official Lost and Found Day
  • Dec 12 – Gingerbread House Day
  • Dec 14 – Monkey Day
  • Dec 16 – Chocolate Covered Anything Day
  • Dec 26 – Thank You Note Day
  • Dec 31 – Make Up Your Mind Day


  • 1st: Invented by Charles Alderton, Dr. Pepper was first served at the W.B. Morrison & Co. Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. 1885
  • 4th: The US ship Mary Celeste was found, in good condition, but with no one aboard, in the Atlantic Ocean. 1872
  • 6th: The Washington Monument was completed. 1884
  • 10th: George Safford Parker was issued a US patent (#635,700) on his improved fountain pen. 1899
  • 14th: Imitation pearls were first manufactured by a Frenchman, named Jacquin. 1656
  • 17th: The Edison Electric Illuminating Company was incorporated to provide electric light to New York City. 1880
  • 19th: Benjamin Franklin published the first edition of Poor Richard’s Almanack, in Philadelphia. 1732
  • 22nd: The first string of electric lights decorating a Christmas tree was created for his house by Edward H. Johnson, 1882
  • 25th: US President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers and officers. 1868
  • ​31st: The British East India Company was chartered. It was the first global mega-corporation. 1600

Andy’s Actually Factual Facts:

  • The abbreviation “Xmas” is from the first letter of the Greek name of Jesus Christ which is the letter X.
  • The original Christmas pudding is a soup composed of raisins and wine.
  • In 1915, Hallmark launched the first of its successful Christmas cards franchise.
  • Yearly Christmas season sees the production of more than 1.76 billion candy canes.
  • Having turkey, dressing, potatoes, pie, rolls, other sides and drinks for Christmas could feed a person more than 7,000 calories.
  • The first President to install a Christmas tree in the White House was Franklin Pierce.
  • America’s tallest living Christmas tree is in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, standing 161-foot tall with a 10-foot-tall star on top.
  • The word “Noel” traces its origin to the Latin word Natalis, meaning “day of birth.”
  • An average Christmas tree takes an average of 6-8 years to grow but could reach 15 years.
  • Bishop of Rome Pope Julius the I proclaimed in 350 AD that December 25 is the official date of celebration for Christ’s birthday despite the absence of evidence.

*They must be true, I found them on the internet!