Old-fashioned raisin cookies, Christmas houseplant, cat age chart

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, December 9, 2019

alpine star

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone.
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.
Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833–70)

Monday, December 9, 2019
343rd day of the year

Donnie Osmond (entertainer) was born on this day in 1957.
Gene Barry (actor) died on this day in 2009.

Comfort Food
Old-Fashioned Raisin Cookies

Old-Fashioned Raisin-Filled Cookies

These delicious yet not overly sweet cookies are perfect for bringing to a cookie swap, sticking in a lunchbox for a special treat, or enjoying with a cup of tea.



Buy American This Holiday Season

You can support American families by purchasing gifts made in the USA. Find quality products in one central place. We are a women veteran owned small business. Instant 20% savings using code ALMANAC. Shop now!
A True Story of Winter Survival

Frozen Death
First published in 1943, this is still one of the all-time favorite (and most debated) stories among Almanac readers.
Colorful Cell Phone Purses

Hot gift! Just the right size for your phone, cash, identification, and a few cards.
The Geminids Are Coming!

Meteor Shower Calendar 2020: When Is the Next Meteor Shower?
The next meteor shower is the Quadrantids on January 3–4! See viewing details—plus, the full 2020 Meteor Shower Calendar covering the dates of all the principal meteor showers.
High Fashion Socks

Bright, colorful designs include: Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open, All You Need Is Love And A Dog, and more!
A Christmas Houseplant

Cyclamens: A Christmas Houseplant
Cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum) are attractive, easy-care houseplants that will bloom continuously throughout the winter months. They are a unique alternative to the traditional holiday poinsettia.
Bold Kitchen Aprons

There’s always something cooking at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. When it gets messy, we grab for one of these easy-care cotton aprons.
How Old is Your Cat?

Cat Age Chart: Cat Years to Human Years
How old is your cat in human years? See our Cat Age Chart which calculates cat years to human years, based on weight.  Are you surprised? 
Colorful Kitchen Dish Towels

There’s nothing shy or demure about our kitchen towels! The bold prints demand attention and deserve it. They’re made of woven natural cotton, so they’re as practical as they are impressive.