Winter Solstice and Full Moon Coincide This Weekend

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, December 21, 2018

yule log

Come, bring with a noise,
My merry, merry boys,

The Christmas log to the firing.

While my good Dame she

Bids ye all be free,

And drink to your heart's desiring.

―Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

Friday, December 21, 2018
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Longest Night of the Year!

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...
Full Cold Moon Rises!

Full Moon for December 2020
December’s full Moon rises on December 29, 2020. The original Old Farmer’s Almanac will reveal everything you need to know about the Full Cold Moon and what makes it special. 
The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

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

Solstice, Full Moon, Meteor Shower

Winter Solstice 2018 Brings a Full Moon and Meteor Shower!
Winter solstice 2018 brings a wonderful weekend of night sky wonders—a full Moon, a meteor shower, and a beautiful conjunction of planet Jupiter and Mercury. Here’s all you need to know.
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. 

What is the Yule Log?

What is the Yule Log? | Christmas Traditions
What is the tradition of the Yule log? Today, many of us know the Yule log only as a yummy chocolate dessert! But Yule was the name of the old Winter Solstice festivals in northern Europe. Learn more about the custom of burning the Yule log. 
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. 

Buche de Noel

Buche de Noel

Try this easier, lighter version of the traditional chocolate yule log.

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Keeps avid weather watchers engaged and entertained day after day for up to 4 years!