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Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Holiday Recipes

Feasts, Folklore & Fun!

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The holiday crunch has begun! Need holiday recipes? Know how to carve a turkey? Use a meat thermometer? Set the holiday table?  See our collection of delicious recipes and cooking tips. It's a helping of tradition from now until the end of the year!


Main Dish


Side Dishes



Holiday Cookies and Sweets

Timely Tips

Crafts & Gifts

Just for Fun

Weather Folklore


  • If the geese on St. Martin's Day (November 11) stand on ice, they will walk in mud at Christmas.
  • If the first snow sticks to the trees, it foretells a bountiful harvest. 
  • If sheep feed facing downhill, watch for a snowstorm.
  • If on All Saints Day the beech acorn is dry we will stick behind the stove in winter, but if it is wet and not light the winter will not be dry, but wet. 
  • Thunder in November indicates a fertile year to come.
  • If there be ice in November that will bear a duck, there will be nothing thereafter but sleet and muck.
  • As November 21st, so the winter.
  • When the winter is early, it will not be late.


  • Lengthened winter and tardy spring are both good for hay and grain, but bad for corn and garden. 
  • December changeable and mild, the whole winter will remain a child. 
  • A warm Christmas, a cold Easter.
  • A green Christmas, a white Easter.
  • December cold, with snow, brings rye everywhere.

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By Claudia Howe

Gingerbread boys... anxious to give the recipe a try. I also need to find a good just plain gingerbread recipe the kind that is very dark, with nice sharp ginger and moist. Claudia

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Claudia, Here's a recipe on Almanac.com that is dark and spicy, with ginger. Hope this helps: http://www.almanac.com/recipe/gingerbread-2

If you do a search for "gingerbread," you'll see a lot of other nice options, too.

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Wow, this is one stop shopping for all of our holiday recipe needs. Great job putting all of this together. I will certainly pick up a couple of these to add to some of my own.



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Today I'am getting some receipes to make for Thanksgiving. Thank you to the wonderful people that submit their family recipes for someone like me. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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