White Christmas?, 10 new gift ideas, suet for birds

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, December 9, 2018


The holly! the holly! oh, twine it with bay—
Come give the holly a song;
For it helps to drive stern winter away,
With his garment so sombre and long

–Eliza Cook (1818–89)

Sunday, December 9, 2018
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White Christmas Weather?

Christmas Weather Forecast 2019: Will It Snow on Christmas?
Will it be a white Christmas this year? Will it snow for Christmas? Here is the 2019 Christmas weather forecast summary for the U.S. and Canada from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Crossbody Purses for Cell Phones by Chala

Top-seller! Available in different nature-inspired designs! Perfect size for carrying most cell phones, cash, ID, and a few credit cards. Very nicely made and features adjustable straps.

10 New Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for Gardeners and Nature Lovers
Your Almanac editors have collected some fun and useful gift ideas for garden lovers this year—from an easy-does-it kneeler seat to fairy flower pots to a truly good pair of gardening gloves.
Heirloom-Quality Pewter Ornaments

Handcrafted in Vermont from fine pewter. Choose from a large selection of designs.

Happy Holly Days!

Growing Holly Bushes: Popular Varieties
It’s red berry time and with bunches of fresh holly leaves and berries or branches of winterberries going for $5 to $10, it only makes sense to get a few of these beautiful and easy to grow shrubs established in our own yards.
2019 Almanac Desk and Wall Calendars

The most coveted stocking stuffers in the history Christmas! 
Easy Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids
Want to get the kids involved this holiday season? Try making these easy Christmas cookie recipes for kids (or adults)! These recipes are easy to bake and, oh, so delicious! See the recipes for snowball cookies, gingerbread boys, shortbread, and more.
Almanac Field to Fork Cookbook

A collection of more than 120 mouthwatering recipes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, plus kitchen tips and food facts and folklore. 


Suet for Winter Birds

How to Make Suet for Birds
Suet is the perfect bird food for the winter months, when birds’ food sources start to dwindle. Here’s how to make suet for your backyard birds!
Almanac Hummingbird Thermometer

Retro design resembles a vintage advertising thermometer. Made in the USA.