Christmas Will Have a Full Moon for the First Time Since 1977

On Christmas day, look into the sky. Santa will be gone, hopefully. Or else he's running really late. But jolly fat guy aside, you'll see the first full moon in decades. 

A full moon hasn't graced the Christmas skies since 1977 -- back when Jimmy Carter was still President and Bill Walton's red afro took over the NBA. You've probably seen tons of pictures of Santa's sleigh riding past a full moon, but they're all lies. Not the part about Santa though. He's real.

According to NASA, the moon's peak will be at 6:11 AM EST on Christmas Day. The next Christmas full moon won't be till 2034, so, you really don't want to miss this. Plus, walking outside for a second will give you a good excuse to get away from relatives.

Just kidding. Relatives are a beautiful Christmas miracle, just like this moon. Embrace them all.

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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and only goes outside for full moons. Send news tips to and follow her howling tweets at @karatillie.