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March 27, 2018

Did you know that the date of Easter—April 1 this year—is tied to the motions of the Moon? It is observed on the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon. Learn more! Easter and the Motions of the Moon Easter Sunday has a curious relationship with the Full Moon. It always falls on the Sunday after the first Full Moon of springtime. This is called the “Paschal Full Moon.” For simplicity’s sake, the Church set March 21 as the fixed date of spring (even though the equinox can fall on March 19 or 20). It... more

March 13, 2018

Plant a sunflower house! Having your sunflower tower is great for the birds and also just a fun activity to introduce kids to gardening. You’ll be blooming sprouts of sunshine in no time! With their colorful centers ringed with a crown of petals, sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) may be the happiest flowers in the garden. They are guaranteed to brighten up even the gloomiest of days, whether planted in a long row along a fence or massed in a sunny border. If you have space in the yard—and in... 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

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

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