November is winding down. We observe the trees' silhouettes, changing weather, migrating birds, Venus's return to the night sky, and Christmas trees appearing in neighbors' windows. Enjoy more about these topics in today's Companion—plus, some entertaining facts about Mark Twain, in honor of his birthday tomorrow.
Did you know there are a full four weeks from the start of Advent (this past Sunday) till Christmas Day (which falls on a Sunday) this year? We look forward to bringing you joys of the season in the weeks ahead. May they be merry and bright!
Your Almanac Editors
a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. I think i too have known
autumn too long
–e. e. cummings, American poet (1894–1962)
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.
Here’s how to keep your Christmas tree fresh. Remember, watering is critical! A freshly cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours! See our expert tips—plus 10 ideas on how to recycle that tree after the holidays.