New Year's planetary alignment, wassail, good luck food

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Monday, December 31, 2018

wassailing

With the old Almanack and the old Year,
Leave thy old Vices, tho' ever so dear.

–Proverb

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New Year's Day 2021
New Year's Day 2021
Happy New Year! Ever wondered why January starts the new year? Find out all about New Year’s Day, popular customs, and how we celebrate the beginning of a new year in the United States and Canada.
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First Dawn of 2019: Three Planets and Moon Align
First Dawn of 2019: Three Planets and Moon Align
Want to welcome 2019 in grand style? So happens, the year begins with an eye-catching celestial alignment that will light up the eastern sky at the first dawn of 2019. Watch the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury line up—and connect the dots! Here are Bob’s viewing tips.
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The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

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Traditional Wassail
Traditional Wassail

For centuries, going back to Anglo-Saxon times, holiday revelers have wished each other “Wes hal!”—Be Whole!—while sharing this drink.

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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. 

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Hoppin’ John: A Traditional Southern Dish for New Year's Day
Hoppin’ John: A Traditional Southern Dish for New Year's Day
Welcome in the New Year with Hoppin’ John, a traditional New Year’s Day dish, and luck will follow you all year long!
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How Did the Tradition of New Year's Resolutions Start?
How Did the Tradition of New Year's Resolutions Start?
From the Babylonians who resolved to return borrowed farm equipment to medieval knights who would renew their vow to chivalry, New Year’s resolutions are nothing new. See this brief history—and compare the top 10 resolutions from the 1940s to today! Are you surprised?
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2019 MOON WALL CALENDAR

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!   

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