The Star of Wonder
For the first time in about 800 years, the rare “Christmas Star” will be visible around the globe. Jupiter and Saturn are still just as far apart as they always are. But on December 21, they will be lined up so that they look like they’re right on top of each other. People haven’t been able to see them look this close since the 13th century.
The reason people call it the “Christmas Star” is that many believe it was this conjunction of planets that the wise men followed after the birth of Jesus.
People living near the Equator will have an easier time spotting the conjunction. Look to the western horizon on the 21st – and during several days after to experience the “Christmas Star” for yourself. They won’t be lined up this well and visible again for a very long time!
“Good Deeds” Grocery in a Texas High School
One high school in North Texas opened a grocery store for students and their families. But they don’t take money. Instead, they take good deeds.
The school partnered with Texas Health, Albertsons, and First Refuge Ministries to create the store in an unused classroom. Principal Anthony Love explains how the store works and why:
“A lot of our students, they come from low socioeconomic families. It’s a way for students to earn the ability to shop for their families. Through hard work, you can earn points for positive office referrals. You can earn points for doing chores around the building or helping to clean.”
The COVID-19 Vaccination Is Here
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen took the new COVID-19 vaccine on live television. Mr. Pence said, “I didn’t feel a thing,” praising the health care worker who delivered the first round of the vaccine. Another dose will be given in three weeks.
The vice president said he hopes that people will continue to wash hands and follow safety protocols as the virus spreads across the country. He assured people the best way through the pandemic is “vigilance and a vaccine.”
Pence led the Trump administration’s COVID-19 team. They’ve pushed for a vaccine since December. In his remarks afterward getting his shot, the vice-president said 20 million Americans could be vaccinated by the end of the year.