When seasons start, 4 holiday pies, chestnuts

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, December 19, 2018

winter landscape

Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again

–Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
353rd day of the year

Criss Angel (illusionist) was born on this day in 1967.
Hope Lange (actress) died on this day in 2003.

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When Do Seasons Start?

When Do the Seasons Start in 2019-2020?
When do the four seasons—winter, spring, summer, and fall—start? Here are your equinox and solstice dates for 2019 and 2020—plus, the definition of the astronomical season versus the meteorological season.


Feel Years Younger By Boosting Your Stem Cells At Home

Los Angeles Doctor explains the at home trick to feeling younger and improving the quality of life. Watch his shocking video!
Peel Chestnuts, Not Your Thumbs

How to Peel a Chestnut
Here’s how to peel a chestnut—without cutting off your thumb!
The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Our perennial best-seller for over 40 years! Features original, full-color illustrations.
4 Holiday Pies

4 Delicious Holiday Pie Recipes
For many holiday dinners, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, the pies take center stage.
The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Watcher's Calendar

For those who like to keep an eye on the sky! Dramatic images of fantastic weather phenomena. 
Holiday Clean Now

Holiday Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
Here are some holiday kitchen cleaning tips because, at this time of year more than any other, the kitchen is the focus of frenzied activity. Around big holidays, it’s important to remember to take deep breaths, relax, and have fun.

Want to enjoy the beautiful Moon year-round? Check out our 2019 Moon Wall Calendar that is loaded with amazing lunar lore, facts, and photos!