Best meteors, brightest Moon, best readers

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 2018
The Full Moon for December 2018 rises on the 22nd—and will be close to full (95%) on Christmas eve. Traditionally, this Moon was called the Full Cold Moon. Read why—plus, 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 2017
In 2017, the famous Geminid meteor shower will put on a fantastic show! After being washed out by the “supermoon” in 2016, there will be no moonlight to interfere this year. Mark your calendars for the night of December 13, when the bright Geminids peak with over a meteor a minute!
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 on St. Lucia’s Day—which always falls on December 13.

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.