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February 20, 2018

What are the first signs of spring? For most of us, spring brings us many of our favorite things: birds, flowers, butterflies, warmer weather, and more sunlight.  Every year, I enjoy hearing what readers from different regions have to say! Even if it’s still winter, look carefully for signs that spring is indeed on its way. They may be subtle in some areas, but the signs are there. 1. Birds are singing! To me, my backyard birds are one of the best predictors. There is a weather proverb that... more

January 23, 2018

Are you ready to break out some delicious Super Bowl dip recipes for the big day? Scoop up classic guacamole, spicy buffalo chicken dip, delicious spinach dip, and more! Dip Tip: If having a party, tell your friends and family to bring the chips, while you take care of the dip! Super Bowl Dip Recipes Buffalo Chicken Dip  Spicy, chunky, and oh-so cheesy! Buffalo chicken dip is a natural addition to any Super Bowl party. See a video version of this recipe. Buffalo Chicken Dip. Photo by Becky ... more

January 8, 2018

January is for garden planning here at the Almanac. The weather outside may be frightful, but gardening begins in January with a dream. Planning Your Dream Garden Flowers in spring? Fresh salad in summer? Juicy fruit in fall? Bringing your dream to life starts with a garden plan.  We really encourage you to spend a few minutes drawing out your dream garden on your home computer. Harness Your Creative Side With the online Garden Planner, just use your “mouse” to draw out your growing area. Then... more

January 6, 2018

Cold much? Where I live, winter temperatures are often in the single digits. No matter where you live, keeping warm is a basic need that we all share. Here are some tips—from both Almanac editors and readers—about how to stay warm. These aren’t “big” projects like buying a new heating system—just inexpensive, resourceful ways to help you warm up now! How to Keep Warm in Winter 1. Dress in layers Bundle up. Wear long underwear, sweaters, and even hats indoors. Remember the days of “sleeping caps... more

January 5, 2018

Snowshoes have come a long way since their origins some 7,000 years ago. Back then, it’s safe to guess that snowshoeing was not considered a leisure winter sport. In fact, without even researching it much, I can safely wager that snowshoes were made so that people could survive winter. You know: head out, forage for food, return home with a dead animal—also known as “dinner for the family.” Times have changed. And so have snowshoes. Originally, snowshoes were made from wood and rawhide.... more

December 15, 2017

New Year’s resolutions have a long history. Why do we have New Year’s resolutions? And how do we keep make (and keep) them?! The New Year’s resolution tradition actually goes back to ancient times. The new year is a natural time to reflect and resolve to change or improve how we live our lives. Why Do We Have New Year’s Resolutions? In 2000 B.C., the Babylonians celebrated the New Year for 11 days (starting with the vernal equinox). One common resolutions was the returning of borrowed farm... more

December 13, 2017

Weather folklore is a favorite among Almanac readers, and no more so when it comes to the prognostics of the wintery season. Here are some of our favorite proverbs—including Christmas lore! Christmas Lore The weather on Christmas foretells the weather for the coming year. Green Christmas, white Easter. If windy on Christmas, trees will bring much fruit. If there is ice hanging on trees on Christmas day, there will be clover tall enough to cut by Easter.   Winter Lore Three white frosts and... more

December 4, 2017

Will you have a white Christmas? See the Almanac’s White Christmas Forecast for 2017! We’ll list the areas in the U.S. and Canada where snow is predicted—and where it’s not. For many folks, a blanket of white on Christmas Day is picture-postcard perfect. In areas that do not normally see snow, a little chill in the air is usually welcome to set the festive mood. Keep in mind that our long range predictions for December are made many months in advance, but this should give you a general idea of... more

November 17, 2017

Was Saint Nicholas a real person? 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—also known as 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.... more

November 17, 2017

When you think of Thanksgiving, what foods come to mind? Turkey? Sweet potatoes? Cranberries? Pumpkin? All of these colorful foods, in moderation, are not only delicious, but healthy and nutritious! Yep, many of your favorite Thanksgiving foods are actually “super foods” and are packed with vitamins and minerals. So now we have even more reasons to be thankful!  The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids lists what vitamins are hiding in your Thanksgiving meal and what they are good for! Vitamin A What... more

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