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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

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 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 20, 2017

Growing your own stone fruit trees is easier than you might think. Here’s what you need to know to get started! What is a Stone Fruit? Peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, and cherries are classified as stone fruit because of the single pit (stony seed) within their sweet, fleshy fruit. They are easy-care trees that require less pruning than apples or pears. Most are hardy to Zone 5, and some varieties to Zone 4. Many folks love to grow them as accent pieces due to their lovely flowers and... more

October 9, 2017

The autumn leaves are falling and winter is on its way. This means that it’s time to prepare the garden for the coming season. Here are a few tips. Autumn Garden Chores Dig beets, carrots, and turnips as needed, but leave parsnips and sweet potatoes until a couple of frosts have sweetened them. Store pumpkins and winter squashes in a dry place at about 50 degrees F. Divide rhubarb. Include a bud with each section and plant in good rich soil with a generous dressing of manure. Divide perennials... more

September 27, 2017

The wonder of the universe is at your fingertips! Here is how you can use the Almanac to help stargaze and explore the night sky. A Calendar of the Heavens Though weather predictions are often the first thing people associate with The Old Farmer’s Almanac, an almanac means “calendar of the heavens” or a sky timetable. The calendar pages are the heart of the Almanac, and it was an enthusiasm for astronomy which first inspired our founder, Robert B. Thomas, who would pore over “Ferguson’s... more

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