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December 24, 2014

Reindeer love cold places. (You probably won’t see any reindeer roaming around your neighborhood unless you live near the Arctic.) Everything about reindeer, from their sense of smell to the shape of their hooves, helps them to survive and be comfortable in snow and frigid temperatures. The Rundown on Reindeer • Both male and female reindeer have antlers. (In other deer species, only males have antlers.) In early spring, male reindeer begin to grow antlers. At full size, this will be 20... more

December 22, 2014

Looking for fun every single day of the year?! The Old Farmer’s Almanac has created a calendar that will provide you with plenty of facts, folklore, proverbs, and puzzles that might just stump you! Here are a few from every month! Be sure to check out the 2015 Everyday Calendar for more! January Weather WoesMatch each term with the specific weather fear. 1. Chionophobia                    a. Fear of rain 2. Homichlophobia                 b. Fear of cold 3. Pluviophobia... more

December 17, 2014

Get out your pencils and sharpen your wit—this is the test you’ve all been waiting for. It’s time to prove to your spouse that you know more than she (no, he) does … 1. Married men earn an average of how much more (or less) money than unmarried men? a. 31% less b. 31% more c. 10% more d. Roughly the same 2. According to The Folklore of Weddings and Marriage, a mother-in-law can test her new daughter-in-law’s housewife-y skills by doing which of the following? a. Examining a sample... more

December 15, 2014

Have you tried the Almanac Monthly digital magazine (for your tablet or computer)? It comes out 12 times a year (about 60 pages per issue!) and each monthly issue is packed with Almanac wit, wisdom, and weather! Take a look at what’s inside The Old Farmer’s Almanac January Monthly! This Month’s Moon This month’s full Moon, the Full Wolf Moon, occurs on January 4 at 11:53 P.M. EST. January 4 is the time of perihelion, when Earth is closest to the Sun for the year: “only” 91,402,423 miles away!... more

December 10, 2014

By definition, a kiss takes two, so you’ll want to find a friend before you read on … German dictionaries list more than 30 types of of kisses, including a word, nachkussen, for “the making up for kisses that have been omitted.” Here are a few variations from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Love that you’ll want to explore. 1. The Butterfly Flutter Place your eye within a breath of your partner’s cheek. Open and close your eyelids against her skin. If this is done correctly, the flutter... more

December 3, 2014

Orchids have no equal: They are breathtakingly beautiful, delicate, long-blooming, long-lived, fascinating in fragrance and form, and extremely varied. Few pleasures in gardening surpass the thrill of seeing orchids thrive and bloom. Once rare and expensive, orchids now outsell every other houseplant, surpassing even African violets, chrysanthemums, and poinsettias. Orchids cleverly produce flowers resembling the pollinator that they want to attract. Ophrys apifera has the appearance of a... more

December 1, 2014

Was St. Nicholas real? Actually, he was! Find out about the history of St. Nicholas (and St. Nicholas Day) as well as his ties to Santa Claus! When Is St. Nicholas Day: The Feast of Sinterklaas When does St. Nicholas come? Many countries in Europe celebrate the Feast of Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas, on the eve of December 6. After dinner, families hunt for their presents, following clues in funny, anonymous poems. In Belgium and the Netherlands, a fellow dressed as St. Nicholas would arrive by... more

November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving is a day spent full of cheer alongside family, friends, and typically an abundance of food! You slave over the stove for hours spending time making these meals, so why let the food go to waste once the holiday is over? Here are a few recipe ideas from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Comfort Food cookbook that will help you to utilize that leftover turkey and make a delicious meal! Comfort Food: Recipes for Your Turkey Leftovers Turkey Sloppy Joes Nobody will ever ask “Where’s... more

November 17, 2014

 Looking to make some yeast bread? Our Comfort Food cookbook has all the tips and tricks you’ll need to know before beginning the process of making your own homemade bread! Prep Bring ingredients and bowls to room temperature before beginning, unless the recipe specifies otherwise. Cold will throw a chill into dough and slow down the rise. How to Knead To knead, flour your hands and work surface and turn the dough out. Push down with your palms, fold the dough over onto itself, give... more

November 14, 2014

December is the month of holiday cheer! In the pages of the December edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine, you’ll find tips on how to make Christmas last longer, the legend of St. Nicholas, a holiday guide to indoor blooms, delicious cookie recipes for your next cookie exchange, and so much more. Here are a few tidbits from inside the pages of next month’s issue: December Edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine • This month’s moon is the Full Cold... more

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