A waning crescent Moon is our friend of the night right now because there's a spectacular sight in the dark skies overhead. We are in the midst of the Geminids meteor shower, an annual event, but this year probably the best meteor viewing of the year. Thank the low moonlight for that.
So bundle up and head outside as soon as the darkness settles. It should be good even before midnight for those of us who have to sleep early. Look to wherever the sky is darkest and you'll probably see the fireworks. NASA tells us up to 120 meteors per hour should be visible during this peak. What a December!