After dinnertime this time of year, four carnivore constellations stand in a row from the northeast to south: Ursa Major, Leo, Hydra, and Canis Major.
The last-quarter Moon rises around 1 a.m. Sunday night, in company with Mars. By the dawn of Monday the 1st they're high in the south.
The Christmas Moon, a day past full, hangs in Gemini. Look for Castor and Pollux to its left. High above shines the constellation Auriga.