Solstice plants, roast goose, real gingerbread

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas barn

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat,
Please to put a penny in the old man's hat;
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha'penny, God bless you!

–Beggar's rhyme

Thursday, December 20, 2018
354th day of the year

George Roy Hill (director of film) was born on this day in 1922.
Steve Landesberg (actor) died on this day in 2010.

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Plants of the Winter Solstice

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.


Top Cardiologist Reveals Digestive Trick to Clean Your Bowels

Millions of Americans suffer from low energy, digestive discomfort, and trouble losing weight. Many also are on the road to serious heart problems. According to Dr. Steven Gundry, one of the top cardiothoracic surgeons in the world, all these issues can be addressed by doing one simple thing.
Buffets: Easy & Relaxed

How to Set Up a Buffet Table
Here are 10 tips for setting up a buffet table. The buffet approach allows guests to mingle instead of being stuck in their seat next to one or two people—and gives guests freedom to eat what and when they wish.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Notebook

A gardener’s most useful tool is knowledge from past seasons. Don’t rely on sticky notes or memory! You’ll love our beautiful Gardening Notebook with its waterproof cover—easy to bring to the garden. Keep records so you know when pests arrive and when to put preventative controls in place to avoid damage. Also, track what blossoms when, first and last frost dates, what was planted where, what worked, favorite varieties, what you want to move, and other notes. 
Fun and Easy Rugelach

Raspberry Walnut Rugelach

Rugelach are Jewish pastries that usually have a cream cheese–based dough and can be filled with anything from raspberry jam to cinnamon sugar to chocolate and nuts.

The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Our perennial best-seller for over 40 years! Features original, full-color illustrations.
Classic Christmas Goose

Roast Goose

Traditionally, the finest possible fare—and most historic—for a holiday dinner is roast goose. (Remember that scene from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”?) For an old-fashioned Christmas dinner, here’s how to roast the golden goose.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook

Keeps avid weather watchers engaged and entertained day after day for up to 4 years! 
Avoid Holiday Tummy Bugs

5 Ways to Prevent Nasty Stomach Bugs Over the Holidays
Feeling sick to your stomach? Overindulgence in holiday goodies might not be the culprit. ‘Tis the season for stomach bugs. And, by the way, there’s no such thing as stomach flu.
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.