Don’t Miss the Christmas Star

December 18, 2020
| Created by Hannah Langley, MS, RDN, CD

December 21, 2020 marks two very special occasions.

First, is the winter solstice. The day is also known as midwinter and is notable for having the shortest day and longest night of the year.

Second, for the first time in hundreds of years (assuming we have clear skies), we will be able to see the “Christmas Star.” Which is actually not a star at all, but the planets Jupiter and Saturn being so close together, that they look like a beautiful, bright elongated star!

Astronomers encourage us all not to miss this remarkable and extremely rare sight.

Try our suggestions for celebrating the season and making the most of this special start to Christmas week:

  • Put on your warmest clothes, cozy hats, mittens, and scarves to stay nice and toasty.
  • Gather your family and pets and venture outside for an evening stroll. Look for the star!
    • If possible, grab binoculars and go to a place with little/no lighting for the best viewing potential.
  • Back at home, celebrate and warm up with:

How are you celebrating this special day? We’d love to know! Tell us at