With bounteous cheer, we conclude the year! Time to close the old Almanac and the old Year, and leave the old vices ever so dear.
In this Companion, enjoy New Year's musings on weather folklore, traditions from around the world, and the ancient practice of reflection and resolution.
And may you start the year right with The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac! It's our 225th special anniversary edition, packed with extra stories to mark this remarkable milestone.
As our founder Robert B. Thomas said, "Begin the new year square with every man"—and woman!
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017!
Your Almanac Editors
We've had some pleasant rambles,
And merry Christmas gambols,
And roses with our brambles,
Adieu, old year, adieu!
New Year's Traditions From Around the World Many New Year’s traditions that we take for granted actually date from ancient times. This year, ring out the old and ring in the new with a New Year tradition—or two! From singing “Auld Lang Syne” to eating black-eyed peas for good luck to eating 12 grape at midnight, discover...
New Year’s Day Weather Folklore A new year is always ripe with possibilities. Though we have our forecasts, we also enjoy the tradition of looking to weather folklore. Enjoy this New Year’s lore and see if it rings true!
10 Christmas Drinks to Get Into the Holiday Spirit Do you have a favorite holiday drink? Indulge at home this winter with our festive cocktails. Try these fun and fragrant drinks—from our Ho, Ho, Ho Cocktail to mulled wine, spiced cider, eggnog, a Christmas punch, and more!
How Did the Tradition of New Year's Resolutions Start? From the Babylonians who resolved to return borrowed farm equipment to medieval knights who would renew their vow to chivalry, New Year’s resolutions are nothing new. See this brief history—and compare the top 10 resolutions from the 1940s to today! Are you surprised?