Christmas night's full moon is first of the century

Tabitha Fleming
Staff Writer

For the first time in decades, and the first time since the dawn of the this century, there will be a full moon on Christmas. This hasn't happened since 1977, so all the millenials will be witnessing this for the first time.

The moon has long been the subject of myth, superstition and folklore. Including these interesting bits from the Farmer's Almanac:

  • Wooden shingles and shakes will lie flatter if cut during the dark of the moon.
  • Don't begin weaning when the Moon is waning.
  • Castrate and dehorn animals when the Moon is waning for less bleeding.
  • Fence posts should be set in the dark of the Moon to resist rotting.
  • Slaughtering when the Moon is waxing makes for juicier meat.
  • Digging horseradish is best done under a full Moon.
  • Fishing is best between the new and full Moon.

There may be something in the lunar cycle for the oil and gas industry as well, as some sources claim the commodities market fluctuates based on the lunar phase.

Superstitions and theories aside, the fact remains that this year's full moon on Christmas day won't be seen again for another 19 years. The moon rises in Borger on Christmas at 6:20 p.m. and will finish it's trek across the sky to set at 7:45 a.m.