Christmas this year will see a full Moon for the first time in 38 years – and in an odd cosmic coincidence, the last time we had one on Christmas was the year Star Wars: A New Hope was released (1977).
…The next full Moon on Christmas will appear in 2034, so you can probably hope for Star Wars: Episode 10 around then.
Folks in the UK will be lucky to see the International Space Station on Christmas Eve – light from the sun will bounce off it, making it visible on Earth. Another space object will share the sky – a 1-2km diameter asteroid is set to fly past Earth. It’ll be moving at approximately 8km per second and only 11 million km away.
Last but not least, this month and into January, Comet Lovejoy will be visible to the naked eye. Head somewhere away from city lights and maybe you’ll spot it!
For some people, observing and studying space can be a source of awe at the universe. For others, it makes them feel tiny. This month, it’s all about the Christmas cheer.
And, of course, don’t forget the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Every Christmas! :D
I’m taking a moment to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I’m so thankful for everyone who has supported me in my infancy of authorship. Whether you bought my book or shared a link, it all helps, and I want you to know that I appreciate it. I’m thankful for every word of encouragement and friendly word. I’m proud of my accomplishment, and every person who has helped and supported me should be proud too.
This holiday season, take a moment to relax, look back and appreciate what the season brings. As we near the end of the year, reflect on all the good things. Listen to your favorite music (seasonal or otherwise), pause and gaze at the friendly glow of Christmas lights, and give someone you love a hug.
I hope everyone is safe and warm this Christmas, and above all else, loved.
There seems to be a strange amount of conflict surrounding Christmas these days. Every is stressed and angry about money or religion or any number of things. These are legitimate things, but I do wish there were less of it.
I love Christmas. I love the decorations (especially the lights), I love wrapping gifts, and picking out the best presents I can for those I love. I love giving people something that they want or need or love. And yes, I do love getting presents too, but that’s not a big part of Christmas to me. I love the food! The seasonal treats and big dinners both. I love that family and friends come together a little bit more often around Christmas than the rest of the year. I love the music. Those songs that we’re only “allowed” to play during this one season, that are beloved for one reason or another. The fun ones and the serious ones. The ones that evoke emotions of joy or worship or, yes, even sadness.
Why concentrate on how we hate the commercialism and the pressure and the obnoxious songs that we can’t seem to escape? We can let those things make us miserable, or we can instead focus on those things we love. Think about the acts of kindness. Think about how, regardless of religion, the season tries to inspire us to be better.
Did I mention I love wrapping presents? I love ribbon. Seriously, whoever invented ribbon was a genius. My cat agrees with me.
Happy Boxing Day! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and is lazing off a food coma (or burning it off with shopping). I know I’m getting a couple days to unwind before it’s back to work.
But what did everyone get for Christmas? I hope it was what you wanted – or even better, something you didn’t know you wanted. I did! I got some Doctor Who themed salt and pepper shakers. :)
But does anyone want to look back to Christmases past? The 90s were a good decade…
Maybe you had kids in the 90s. Or maybe you WERE a kid in the 90s (like me). I know that I thought this was incredibly nostalgic and amusing: The Top 30 Most Awesome Toys You Could Get for Christmas in the ’90s
I personally had 11 of the 30 listed at some point. However, I was familiar with most of the list – even if I didn’t have one, one of my friends or relatives did. Oh Furbies…
Lisa Frank, anyone?
I just wanted to say to everyone: thank you so much for stopping by my blog this Christmas season. Merry Christmas! – It’s not just a generic seasonal utterance, it’s a heartfelt wish. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.