In the Year 2020, we have all faced challenges we could not have anticipated. So, at the end of it all, it seems quite fitting that we experience a Christmas Miracle: A viewing of the Christmas Star.
A Bright Light In the Sky
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we are also treated to the light that may have been shining at the time of his birth. Referred to as the Christmas star, it is often celebrated as possibly leading the Magi to the Christ child.
Jupiter and Saturn will have a nearly perfect eclipse tonight and will be brilliantly visible near the southwestern horizon, barring cloud cover, just after sunset. It will also be viewable in the following days, just not as vibrant. In this Christmas season, we see this light as a beacon, guiding us toward a future as bright as the brightest star, or eclipsing planets.
So, as NTB drivers make their final deliveries before Christmas morning, we suggest they look to the southwest sky right after sunset tonight. The Christmas Star will be fleetingly visible just as the two planets sink below the horizon.
The Lengthening of Daylight
Today also marks the winter solstice and the beginning of more daylight hours. In just a month, we will see an additional 30 minutes of daylight. For those who drive at night, as many NTB drivers do, the longer daylight hours will soon bring glorious sunrises toward the end of your night shifts.
An Irish Christmas Blessing
The light of the Christmas star to you
The warmth of a home and hearth to you
The cheer and goodwill of friends to you
The hope of a childlike heart to you
The joy of a thousand angels to you
The love of the Son and
God’s peace to you
We at NTB wish a Merry Christmas to all!