Best meteors, brightest Moon, best readers

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dear Almanac readers, 

Today, it's all about the lights—in the night sky and on this Earth!

Are you a sky watcher? This evening, the year's best meteor shower meets the year's brightest full Moon.

Ever heard of St. Lucia's Day—or, the "Festival of Lights"? Learn about St. Lucy and try baking some delicious St. Lucia Buns.

In our minds, the brightest stars are you, Almanac readers! Lest you think we exaggerate, listen to this: Over the fall, we asked, "What Does the Almanac Mean to You?" The responses were amazing, and you can read them below! We treasure these words, and hope that you will enjoy them, too.


Your Almanac Editors

Lucy-light, Lucy-light,
Shortest day and longest night

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
348th day of the year

Steve Buscemi (actor) was born on this day in 1957.
Grandma Moses (artist) died on this day in 1961.



Meteors and Moon Peak on Same Night

The Year's Best Meteors Meet The Year's Brightest Full Moon
The year’s very best meteor shower is usually the Geminids, on Tuesday night, December 13, 2016. This year, there’s some competition.
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Force spring flowers indoors: Cut forsythia, dogwood, or crabapple branches. Before placing in a vase, mash the cut ends…
Brightest Moon of the Year

Full Moon for December 2019
The Full Moon for December 2019 rises on the 12th! Traditionally, this Moon was called the Full Cold Moon. Learn why—and see more Moon facts and folklore.
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.
What are the Geminids?

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018
Get ready for Geminids 2018! The Geminid meteor shower will put on a fantastic show the evening of Thursday, December 13! There will be very little moonlight interference this year, increasing their visibility. Find out how to see the Geminid meteor shower with our top tips and guide.
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Celebrate by giving a plant that has heart-shaped leaves: Dutchman’s pipe, European wild ginger, ‘Artic Beauty’ hardy kiwi, morning glory, or violet.
St. Lucia's Day

St. Lucia Buns

These buns are traditionally served the morning of St. Lucia’s Day—which always falls on December 13. Find out more about St. Lucia—and how to make these sweet rolls!

The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Country Calendar

Scenic photographs, country musings, fun facts, humor, and advice. Plus best days to fish, plant, set eggs, harvest crops, and cut hay.