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


Cummins: Stay Ahead of the Storm

The Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 2020: The First Day of Winter
The winter solstice is Monday, December 21, 2020. This is the astronomical first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day of the year. What happens at the winter solstice? Why is the solstice important? Enjoy solstice facts and folklore from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.


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
Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—sometimes in dramatic ways! Here are five amazing ancient sites—Machu Picchu and Stonehenge and more—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? People puzzled over this for centuries. (Hint: It’s not the distance between the Sun and Earth.) Find the reasons for the seasons. 
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
Many trees and plants were important to the celebration of the winter solstice (on December 21) both as symbols and as decorations. Find out their meaning …
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!