The Cold Moon of December

Overview

December was considered to be the coldest month of the year for the Northern Hemisphere, which means that the winter solstice was almost here. With the coming of the winter solstice, the days would start to get longer and the weather would start to be getting better. Although January and February can often be cold and snowy in many places, the days are getting closer to Spring and the replanting of the crops.

Astronomical events include Geminids Meteor Shower, Winter Solstice, and the Ursids Meteor Shower. Please take a look with the local community for local events

Meaning Behind The Name

Time and date says, “December is the month when winter truly begins in most of the Northern Hemisphere. Most of the ancient Full Moon names are related to the low temperatures and darkness of December. The most common name is the Cold Moon, while another is Long Night Moon.

The Anglo-Saxon name was the Moon Before Yule, which is the ancient celebration around the winter solstice. The December Full Moon is also called Oak Moon, while a Celtic name was Wolf Moon. Today, however, this name is more common for the January Full Moon.”

Almanac.com says, “This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes because it occurs near the winter solstice—the day with the least amount of daylight.”

www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-december

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