New year, weather lore, garden planning

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

Daily Newsletter for Friday, December 30, 2016

Dear Almanac readers, 

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!

–George Lunt

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New Year's Traditions From Around the World
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...
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2017 Almanac Gardening Page-a-Day Calendar

This informative page-a-day calendar is filled with Almanac wit, wisdom, adages, and observations for gardeners and backyard naturalists.

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New Year’s Day Weather Folklore
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!
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Almanac Commemorative Coin

Commissioned to celebrate our 225th anniversary. Each coin is individually numbered, part of a limited edition of 1,792, and comes with its own protective display case. Makes a unique gift!

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Vegetable Garden Planner for PC and Mac
Vegetable Garden Planner for PC and Mac
Let The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner help you to plan your entire garden! Get a free week’s trial of the world’s #1 garden planning software. 
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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.

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10 Christmas Drinks to Get Into the Holiday Spirit
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!
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2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Special Anniversary Paperback Classic Edition

This is the original Almanac, the one with the hole. Pick from National, Canadian, Southern, and Western regional editions.

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How Did the Tradition of New Year's Resolutions Start?
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?
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The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Best-Loved Recipes Calendar

There’s always something cooking at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. A collection of fine recipes and beautiful photography, with tips and advice. These traditional favorites will please all tastes.

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