Winter solstice tomorrow!, the Yule log, Christmas appetizers

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, December 20, 2019

winter rays

Now see stern Winter nearer draw,
Sol's feeble rays refuse to thaw.
What Winter's frost congeal'd;
And lo! the flaky snows appear,
Proclaim the approach of Christmas near,
And deck in white the field
.
–William Cole (c. 1824)

Friday, December 20, 2019
354th day of the year


 
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Calendar
 
Winter Solstice Tomorrow!

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 The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
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Local Farmers' Market Tote

Features long and short handles for convenience. Plus, a two-sided design and small interior pocket.
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Yuletide and 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. 
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Farmers' Market Cotton Tote Bag

SAVE 30%! This sturdy cotton canvas bag features The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1792 logo on one side and the message “Support Your Local Farmers” on the other. Made in the USA. 
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Longest Day of the Year

Sunrise & Sunset Calculator
What time does the Sun set tonight?
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Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook

All You Need to Know to Grow! After inspiring and instructing gardeners for 227 years, we have created a single “how to garden” reference book that includes all of our expertise.
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Stonehenge and the Solstice

5 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—sometimes in dramatic ways! Here are five amazing ancient sites—Machu Picchu and Stonehenge and more—aligned with the solstices and equinoxes.
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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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Christmas Appetizers

Christmas Appetizer Recipes
Ho, ho, ho! Here are 12 of our favorite Christmas appetizer recipes. Whether it’s classic deviled eggs or shrimp cocktail, find some great ideas that range from appetizing plates to elegant hors d’oeuvres.
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The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Our perennial best-seller for over 40 years! 
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