First of all I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas; Frohe Weihnachten; Joyeux Noel; Kreesmasko Shubhkaamnaa; ‘S Rozhdestvom Khristovym; God Jul; Feliz Navidad; Meri Kurisumasu; Sheng dan Kuai Le; Shubh Krismas; Geseende Kersfees.
The full moon this month falls on Christmas night for the first time since 1977 and won’t happen again until 2034. This December moon is also known as the Full Cold Moon or the Long Nights Moon.
Here in the UK we have had an unseasonably mild December so far. This is in part due to the El Niño effect. This has caused flowers to bloom early and wildlife to delay hibernation. A Christmas treat was meeting my prickly friend the hedgehog tonight. As well as his usual treat of mealworms and peanuts, he seemed rather interested in these tomatoes.
The quince has also started to blossom a couple of months early.
I shall leave you with a quote from “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore: