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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, November 24, 2016

Dear Almanac readers, 

A Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers!  

Ever wondered how Thanksgiving went from historic feast to all-important national holiday? Read the story about Mrs. Hale, the "Godmother of Thanksgiving."

In this issue, we also look back at some famous Thanksgiving storms, give a refresher on how to carve the big bird, and share a last-minute craft for your Thanksgiving table. Finally, enjoy our new cooking video for a different kind of pie! 


Your Almanac Editors

Ah! On Thanksgiving Day, when from East and from West,
From North and from South, come the pilgrim and guest,
What moistens the lip, and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past like the rich pumpkin pie?

–John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet (1807–92)

Thursday, November 24, 2016
329th day of the year

Katherine Heigl (actress) was born on this day in 1978.
Pat Morita (actor) died on this day in 2005.

What the heck is a Garden Hod?
It was designed to harvest and wash vegetables and fruit easily, but it has hundreds of other uses, too!


Who Founded Thanksgiving?

Sarah Josepha Hale: Godmother of Thanksgiving
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. 
Balsam Fir Pillows

Balsam Fir Pillows are traditionally given as a sign of friendship, and it’s easy to see why! The pleasant smell of balsam fir will last for years and there are many designs to choose from that will complement your sofa. 
Thanksgiving Weather

Historic Thanksgiving Storms
Some of our wildest weather has occurred around Thanksgiving! Here are 5 of the biggest Thanksgiving storms in history.
2017 Almanac Gardening Page-a-Day Calendar

This informative page-a-day calendar is filled with Almanac wit, wisdom, adages, and observations for gardeners and backyard naturalists.
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Something Chocolate!

How to Make Warm Brownie Pie
Learn how to make Warm Brownie Pie from the EATS cookbook from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. This chocolate-y delicious treat is great for Thanksgiving or any gathering! 
Glass Sun Catchers

Choose from a large selection of designs, colors, and sizes. Made in the USA.
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Carving the Big Bird

How to Carve a Turkey
Get a quick refresher on how to carve the turkey before placing it on the table. This is the easiest and most efficient way to carve the big bird for your feast.
The 2017 Weather Watcher’s Calendar | Save 50%

For those who like to keep an eye on the sky! Features dramatic photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, trivia, and more.
Make a Glove Turkey

Seasonal Crafts: Make a Glove Turkey (Thanksgiving Table Decoration)
Make a glove turkey, a cute decoration for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece. Here’s how.
Marine Rope Doormats

Virtually impervious to wear and water, easy to clean, keeps garden dirt outside, new colors and larger sizes!