10 myths about cold weather, five-second rule!, winter animal tracks

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, December 15, 2019

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Nothing, no one, is too small to matter.
What you do is going to make a difference.

–Madeleine L'Engle (1918–2007)

Sunday, December 15, 2019
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Myths About Cold Weather

10 Myths About the Cold
Can cold weather give you a cold? Do you lose most of your body heat through your head? Is a cup of hot coffee the best way to warm up? We answer these and more myths about the cold.
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Why Poinsettias at Christmas?

Poinsettias: Unlikely Christmas Plants
Ruby-red Poinsettias signal Christmastime. But how did this tropical plant become the traditional Christmas plant? (And by the way, the red blooms are not the flowers; they bracts or modified leaves!) It goes back to a Mexican legend and later the inventiveness of an American nurseryman.
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The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar

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Winter Animal Tracks

Animal Track Identification
You don’t have to be in the jungle or deep forest to be an animal tracker. Animal footprints are often as close as your backyard or garden. Take a look at these animal track pictures—showing footprints in both the snow and in mud.
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The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Watcher's Calendar

For those who like to keep an eye on the sky! Features dramatic photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, trivia, and more.

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DIY Candy Cane Bark

Candy Cane Bark

Spread holiday cheer with this easy candy cane bark recipe. You can swap the white chocolate and dark chocolate amounts if you desire—it is foolproof!

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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.

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The Five-Second Rule

The Five-Second Rule: Fact or Fiction?
We’ve all done it: Yelled “5-second rule!” after dropping food on the floor, then quickly picked it up and popped it into our mouths. The as­sumption is that 5 seconds is not a long enough time for the food to pick up harmful bacteria. Or is it?
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The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Country Calendar

Scenic photographs, country musings, fun facts, humor, and advice. Plus best days to fish, plant, set eggs, harvest crops, and cut hay.

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