Festival of Lights
December 13—St. Lucia’s Day
St. Lucia was a 4th-century Italian martyr. Her name is derived from the Latin lux, meaning “light.”
By tradition, the oldest daughter dons a crown of burning candles and wakes the family with coffee and St. Lucia buns (sweet rolls seasoned with saffron).
The Geminid meteors should perform well after nightfall on Monday, December 13.
No other meteor shower boasts more meteors than the Geminids—with 75 per hour in a dark sky. Plus, viewing is all night (whereas most meteor showers are predawn)!
The bright and fast Geminds will appear to come from the northeast out of the Geminid twins.
See more details and viewing tips on our Meteor Showers Guide.
If you’re buying a Christmas tree, watering is critical. A freshly cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours! When you bring your tree home, saw a couple of inches off the bottom of the trunk before setting in water. When trees are cut, pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores and the tree will be able to absorb water. See more tree care tips.
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The hills look gaunt in russet garb:
Against the sky the leafless woods
Are dark, and in their solitudes
The chill wind pierces like a barb.
–Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)
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- Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Monday (wired.com)
- Geminids meteor shower to be ‘lively’ show (physorg.com)
- Geminid Meteor Shower 2010: December 13-14 (nowpublic.com)
- Best Sky Show Of the Year (foxnews.com)
- Nature’s coming attraction: Geminid meteor shower (boston.com)