DR. SKY BLOG

Why we kiss under the mistletoe, tracking Santa and other holiday rituals

Dec 21, 2022, 2:15 PM

(Pixabay Photo)...

(Pixabay Photo)

(Pixabay Photo)

As we celebrate the holidays and Christmas, we look for some time to relax with loved ones and enjoy many of the traditions that have come from the distant past!

In this rather short but informative update, we look at some of the great traditions behind the Christmas season and the magic of the season.

A great new book just out, “Why We Kiss Under The Mistletoe: Christmas Traditions Explained,” by Michael P. Foley, helps us explore the amazing stories behind the season.

Learn about the history of Christmas traditions.

Learn about Hanukkah traditions.

We now turn our attention to the story of Santa Claus and how he gets around and delivers all those presents to little boys and girls all over the world with his fleet of flying reindeer.

Does he have a magic propulsion system on the sleigh or some type of alien technology spaceship? No one knows for sure!

One thing we do know is that you can track him and his reindeer as they begin that long journey from the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

The story behind the NORAD track Santa program.

To follow Santa, please go here and enjoy the show.

From all of us to all of you, the best for a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a healthy 2023!

To print your own monthly star chart, click here.

To view satellites/dates/times of passage, click here.

 Listen to the Dr. Sky Show on KTAR News 92.3 FM every Saturday at 3 a.m.

 Podcasts are available here.

Dr. Sky Blog

(Pixabay Photo)...

Steve Kates

In February, skywatchers will see beautiful full snow moon, maybe even a comet

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is streaking along our skies. If you want to see it, grab a pair of binoculars or a telescope.

1 year ago

This split image shows the difference between an active sun during solar maximum (on the left, capt...

Steve Kates

Hot news: Solar Cycle 25 is ramping up the sky show in 2023

The sun is now in the process of showing us its real power during the long-awaited Solar Cycle 25.

1 year ago

(Pexels Photo)...

Steve Kates

Sirius: The brightest star in the night sky comes into view

Our January night sky offers up some really amazing sights and some include viewing that brightest star in the sky in remote locations.

1 year ago

(Pixabay Photo)...

Steve Kates

New comet to streak across skies before end of January

Get set for a new comet coming our way! Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF can be viewed with binoculars in the early morning sky later this month.

1 year ago

(Pixabay Photo)...

Steve Kates

Sky events to look forward to in 2023 include a rare eclipse and meteor showers

We've got a new year to look forward to great events in our skies after a terrific 2022.

2 years ago

(Pixabay Photo)...

Steve Kates

Heads up! Atmospheric optics are around on a regular basis

The skies are full of amazing sights other than the stars, planets and distant celestial objects - we're talking atmospheric optics.

2 years ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Why we kiss under the mistletoe, tracking Santa and other holiday rituals