(PCM) A full moon on Christmas hasn’t occurred since 1977, however that will change this year when the moon will reach full size on Christmas Day at 6:11 am EST. According to the predicted forecast at this time there should be very little cloud cover and no fog, so the Christmas full moon should be completely visible to all … maybe even Santa Claus himself! It will be best viewed on Christmas Eve into Christmas morning here in The States.
The next full moon that is predicted to occur on Christmas Day will not happen again until the year of 2034. A December full moon is generally referred to as “The Long Night Moon” or the “Cold Moon”. The Christmas full moon will be the last full moon of this year, as well as, the very first for this winter season.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, December’s full moon is referred to as the “Cold Moon” because “it is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark”. The upcoming winter solstice occurs at 11:49 p.m. Dec. 21, which is at or near the longest night of the year before the days start to lengthen again.