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November 20, 2017

Where I live, winter temperatures are often in the single digits. Whether your area is colder or warmer, 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... 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

November 12, 2017

Here at the Almanac, Thanksgiving is all about comfort food, including the desserts! Here are ten Thanksgiving dessert recipes—featuring seven pies, two puddings, and one cheesecake. Which is your favorite? Grandma’s Pecan Pie This delicious pecan pie is sweetened naturally with maple syrup. Gran’s pie recipes are the best! Credit: MSPhotographic Creamy New York-Style Cheesecake Cheesecake is always a favorite around the holiday season, our New York-Style Cheesecake recipe is absolutely to die... more

November 9, 2017

For those of you who are visiting someone else’s table this holiday season, here are a few humorous tips on how you can impress your host and other guests! How to Appear to Know More Than You Really Do Like the great matador, the torero of the dining room table is marked by his (or her) ability to dodge, to weave, and to dance on the edge of disaster. Here, from an expert, are the basics. Safe Subjects: A safe subject is one that is interesting and provocative enough to allow you to make broad... more

November 9, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little time to remember Sarah Josepha Hale, who helped make this national day of thanks possible.  Who Was Sarah Josepha Hale? Sarah Josepha Buell was born on October 24, 1788, on a farm in Newport, New Hampshire. From a tender age, she was curious, smart, and eager to learn. As a young girl, Sarah was taught by her mother about history and literature. Later, her brother Horatio taught her everything... more

October 31, 2017

Ever noticed that Halloween pictures always show a full Moon? But how often does the full Moon fall on Halloween? And is there anything special about the first full Moon after Halloween? Of course, Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, occurs on October 31 every year; it’s only the day of the week that changes each year. The origin of Halloween can be traced to Samhain (pronounced SOW-in, which rhymes with COW-in), which was an ancient Celtic festival that was celebrated to mark the end of... more

October 27, 2017

Make our own Halloween makeup out of pantry potions. Here are recipes to paint your face, make fake blood, and more! My son was trying to decide between Dracula and Frankenstein. The masks in the party stores were so expensive. Plus, he hates wearing masks because they block his vision and get very hot! He usually ends up taking the masks off. This is a great solution. Try it! Paint Your Face! For each paint color, you will need: paper cup 1 teaspoon cornstarch ½ teaspoon cold cream ½ teaspoon ... more

October 26, 2017

Why does Halloween make us think of trick or treating, witches on broomsticks, bobbing for apples, and carved pumpkins? Here’s a look back at the origins of Halloween traditions and why we celebrate Halloween the way we do today. Why is it called “Halloween”? As with many holidays, Halloween is rooted in our agricultural past, marking the end of harvesttime and the beginning of the new year. The origin of Halloween and many of its customs can be traced to Samhain, an ancient pagan Celtic... more

October 21, 2017

My friends received an apple cider press for a wedding present long ago. Last week, they threw an Apple Cider Press party, and what a treat! Have you ever tasted apple cider fresh from the press (your own or a local cider mill)? WOW! The cider has a pure, refreshing flavor that’s hard to beat. Frankly, I was never crazy about apple cider before. However, I humbly revise my opinion. The difference between the taste of pasteurized, filtered grocery store cider and homemade cider is remarkable.... more

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