Meaning of Christmas, holiday table, breakfast recipes

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, December 24, 2018


I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82)

Monday, December 24, 2018
358th day of the year

Robert Joffrey (dancer) was born on this day in 1930.
Jack Klugman (actor) died on this day in 2012.

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The Meaning of Christmas

Christmas Day 2019
Christmas occurs on a Wednesday this year! Get ready to celebrate with our Christmas holiday page, which includes Christmas traditions, recipes, folklore, and more.


How To Fix Your Fatigue And Get More Energy

There are 3 so called “super foods” that might be draining your energy, making you fatigued, causing you to gain weight, and lowering your metabolism. Watch the video.
Winter Weather Lore

Winter Weather Folklore
Weather folklore is a favorite among Almanac readers, and no more so when it comes to the prognostics of the wintery season. Here are some of our favorite proverbs—including Christmas lore!
The Almanac Comfort Food Cookbook

A collection of more than 200 recipes that will put a big smile on your face!
10 Christmas Breakfast Ideas

10 Delicious Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
When planning a nice Christmas gathering, we may not think much about breakfast. And yet when the big day arrives, it’s so nice to wake up to something special—nourishing but not overwhelming. Here are 10 Christmas breakfast and brunch recipes!
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Nicely illustrated page-a-day desk calendar that makes a great stocking stuffer! Start each day with a tidbit of Almanac fun: weather wisdom, quirky historical facts, useful hints, and time-tested proverbs.
Last-Minute Appetizer

Herbed Goat Cheese Tartlets

You can make this quick and easy appetizer even when you are short on time. The flavor is entirely in your hands as there are a plethora of goat cheeses available.

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. 
Decorating the Table

Christmas Table Decoration Ideas
As we gather together for holidays, the table we gather around becomes an important part of the festivities. Here are tips and ideas for decorating your dining room at Christmas.

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!