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
343rd day of the year

Felicity Huffman (actress) was born on this day in 1962.
Gene Barry (actor) died on this day in 2009.

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White Christmas Weather?

Dreaming of a White Christmas? | 2018 Christmas Forecast
For many folks, waking up to a blanket of fresh snow on Christmas morning is what truly makes for a picture-perfect holiday. Should you expect a white Christmas this year? Find out in our Christmas weather forecast!
Chala Cell Phone Cross Body Purses

Fun and functional! 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

10 Gardening Gifts for the Holidays
Do you have a garden lover or nature lover in your life? Or, like us, perhaps YOU are that garden lover and your loved ones are asking for gift ideas. Well, we’ve had some fun browsing around and curated this list of our 10 best garden gift ideas to help! Update: We’ve added eight new ideas, compliments of Almanac editors!
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
Try one of 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

Homemade Bird Food Recipe: Suet
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.