Deck the halls, feed the birds, water the tree

Daily Newsletter for Friday, December 2, 2016

Dear Almanac readers, 

Welcome December—which comes from the Latin word decem meaning “ten” because this had been the 10th month of the early Roman calendar. 

This month brings with it snow (for some), family, feasts, and fun, but also remember to grab some hot cocoa during this winter month and relax when you can.

In today's issue, we include some nature-inspired ways to deck the halls—such as making your own wreaths. Also, make sure you've prepared the garden and yard for winter!


Your Almanac Editors

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat,
Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat;
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, God bless you!

Beggar’s rhyme

Friday, December 2, 2016
337th day of the year

Britney Spears (singer) was born on this day in 1981.
Aaron Copland (composer) died on this day in 1990.

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!


Nature-Inspired Decorations

Natural Decorating for Christmas
Have you decked the halls? Consider your backyard and garden for a ready source of interesting greenery, berries, dried flower heads, and seedpods.
Heirloom-Quality Pewter Ornaments

Handcrafted in Vermont from fine pewter. Choose from traditional or farm- or nature-inspired designs.
Feeding the Birds

How to Choose the Right Type of Bird Feeder
When a bird’s natural plant food has waned or withered away, consider a few well-placed bird feeders.  If you are interested in attracting certain types of birds, the type of feeder and food provided will make a difference.
Grande View Bird Feeder Thermometer

SAVE 29% Combines a 2’ tall tube style feeder with a large thermometer that is easy-to-read from a distance. Features 6 perches, 1.75 lb seed capacity, and a bronze patina finish. 
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Make a Christmas Wreath

How to Make a Christmas Wreath
A beautiful Christmas wreath sets the tone for the festive season.
Cardinal Wreath Hanger

Made in the USA from recycled steel. Powder-coated finish for outside durability. 
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Garden Prep for Winter

Preparing Your Garden for Winter
It’s sometimes difficult to motivate yourself to garden when the growing season is over, but there are many reasons you should.
Almanac Merriment Mulling Kit

SAVE 20% – Take the chill off! All the spices you need to make mulled cider and wine.
Keep the Tree Fresh

Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh
While most of us think about Christmas trees only in December, for growers of cut-your-own trees, it is a year-round commitment.
Mulling Spices Ornament

SAVE 23% – Colorful tin Christmas ornaments with tasty mulling spices and a recipe inside.