First day of winter, solstice plants, shortbread

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Thursday, December 21, 2017

winter solstice

Slowly, without sun, the day sinks
toward the close of December.
It is minus sixty degrees

–John Haines (1924–2011),
Fairbanks Under the Solstice

Thursday, December 21, 2017
355th day of the year

Kiefer Sutherland (actor) was born on this day in 1966.
Marc Connelly (playwright) died on this day in 1980.


Cummins: Stay Ahead of the Storm

The Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 2019: The First Day of Winter
Winter officially begins with the Winter Solstice on Saturday, December 21, 2019. This is the astronomical first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Enjoy our winter solstice facts, folklore, FAQs, and more!


Remember when the power went out…

…and you wished you had a generator? Not everyone knows how much power they use, and even fewer are aware of their emergency power needs. We found this easy-to-use calculator to help you get an idea of what you’ll need.
Ancient Solstice Sites

5 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Ever been to Stonehenge? Machu Picchu? Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—sometimes in dramatic ways! Here are five amazing ancient sites aligned with the solstices and equinoxes.
2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Buy 2 or more calendars and get free shipping with promo code: FREESHIP
What Causes The Seasons?

The Reason for the Seasons
What causes our four seasons—spring, summer, winter, fall? Why do our seasons change? You might guess that the seasons are caused by the distance between our planet and the Sun. That’s not it! We explain…
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Watcher's Calendar

Features amazing photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, and trivia! 
Winter Solstice Plants

Plants of the Winter Solstice
The winter solstice falls on December 21, marking the official start of winter. It is the shortest day and longest night of the year.
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Start each day with a tidbit of Almanac fun: weather wisdom, quirky historical facts, useful hints, and time-tested proverbs.   
Mouthwatering Shortbread

Shortbread Recipe

A shortbread is a hard cookie that keeps well—and has a mouthwatering taste.

The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Boxed Daily Calendar

Gardeners will be delighted with this nicely illustrated and gift-boxed page-a-day calendar!