Deck the halls, feed the birds, water the tree

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

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!

Sincerely,

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

 

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Nature-Inspired Decorations

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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.

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Make a Christmas Wreath

How to Make a Christmas Wreath
Make a Christmas wreath from scratch! Plus, enjoy a good forage in your own yard or garden for natural materials.  Making your own wreath is an easy but very satisfying project—and we’ll show you how in eight steps with our guide and accompanying video.

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It’s sometimes difficult to motivate yourself to garden when the growing season is over, but there are many reasons you should.

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