1. Advent

    Advent is a lesser known part of the Christmas season in America. It consists of the four weeks before Christmas day. Advent wreaths are used to symbolize these weeks. During this time, Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus and His second coming. Merry Christmas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent…Read More

  2. The Origins of the Christmas Wreath

    Originally, Christmas wreaths where used to celebrate Advent and Saint Lucy's day. Because of their round shape and the wreaths being made from evergreens, they represented eternal life. Merry Christmas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreath…Read More

  3. What is Yule?

    Yule is the origin of our Christmas celebrations. It was the mid-winter festival for the Germanic peoples. The festival of Yule lasted for 12 days. Yule was connect to the the god Odin, from Germanic literature. This festival is the origin of the Yule log. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule…Read More

  4. The Sky for the Week of 12-16-18

    The Christmas season night sky is great this week. The planets Mercury and Mars are in the evening sky, as is the moon. The winter solstice for the northern hemisphere is Friday the 21st. This is also the first day of winter and was called Yule in northern Europe. The star Sirius rises magnificently this time of year about 8 PM. Also, when this star is low on the horizon it really twinkles. Merry …Read More

  5. Rare Light Pillars

    A rare optical phenomenon, called light pillars, have been spotted in Wisconsin. They are caused by ice in the air with extremely cold air and no wind. The color is usually the same as the light source. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/freezing-fog-creates-rare-light-pillars-in-wisconsin-on-sunday/70006874…Read More

  6. Christmas Tree Facts

    Here are some interesting facts about Christmas trees. Merry Christmas! https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/10-interesting-facts-about-christmas-trees/70006861…Read More

  7. The Night Sky for the Week of 12-9-18

    The winter sky is coming into its glory. Orion, the Pleiades, and Canis Major (which contains the brightest star in the night sky Sirius) all grace the night sky. A crescent moon is in the evening sky. This crescent (which looks like a bow and arrow) points toward the planet Saturn. On Thursday night, the Geminid meteor shower will occur. Merry Christmas! https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/…Read More

  8. White Christmas 2018

    Here is the forecast for who may have a white Christmas in the USA. We won't here in Lodi, but other places probably will have a snowy Christmas. Merry Christmas. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/white-christmas-top-five-major-us-cities/38504371…Read More

  9. What is the Christmas Tree?

    The Christmas tree is based on several ancient traditions. Ancient cultures such as the Egyptians regarded evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands as symbols of eternal life. To the European pagans, who worshiped trees, decorating your house and barn with evergreens was supposed to scare away evil. They would also set up trees outside for the birds. During Saturnalia the Romans would put up evergre…Read More

  10. More Rain for California 12-3-18

    We are going to have more wet weather here in California. Rain is a good thing here in Lodi. Much of USA will experience stormy weather this week. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/california-to-be-first-stop-of-next-cross-country-us-winter-storm/70006781…Read More