If any of you are lovers of the moon as I am, you can appreciate the enormous Full Cold Moon last night. It’s especially significant at this time of year; I always thought it came around just in time to light the way for Santa’s sleigh.
The reason it is so named is explained in Accuweather:
“In Native American cultures which tracked the calendar by the moons, December’s full moon was known as the Full Cold Moon,” the Old Farmer’s Almanac said.
“It is fittingly associated with the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark,” the Old Farmer’s Almanac said.
December’s full moon is also called the Long Night’s Moon because it typically occurs near the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.
Other names for the final full moon of the year include the Moon Before Yule, the Oak Moon and the Bitter Moon.”
That’s interesting, but I still stand by my own opinion: plenty of light to guide Santa’s sleigh through that long and cold night. After all, what is Christmas without a little magic?