Traditional wassail, snowball cookies, star of Bethlehem

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, December 23, 2019


Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat,
Please put a penny in the old man's hat;
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha'penny, God bless you
–Beggar's Rhyme

Monday, December 23, 2019
357th day of the year

Eddie Vedder (musician) was born on this day in 1964.
Victor Borge (comedian & pianist) died on this day in 2000.

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar
Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies

Bring the snow indoors with these classic snowball cookies! This easy recipe has a delicate crunch from the addition of cornmeal.

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Wassail Drink Recipe

Traditional Wassail

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

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

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Setting Up a Buffet Table

How to Set Up a Buffet Table
For stress-free holiday entertaining, set up a buffet table. Guests can mingle instead of being stuck in their seat, the host doesn’t have to hop up and down to wait on them, and everyone has freedom to eat what and when they wish! Here are 12 tips for setting up a buffet table.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar

A highly useful daily planner full of humor and useful advice. It’s an indispensable tool for managing your life and keeping yourself organized. Includes plenty of room for jotting down appointments and notes.  
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Top 5 Coldest Cities?

The Top 5 Coldest Cities: Winter 2019
What are the top 5 coldest cities in the United States? Here’s the list, based on average temperatures, according to the National Weather Service. Does this surprise you?
The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 8

Kids love it! Adults can’t put it down!
The Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem
Was the Star of Bethlehem a real celestial body or a miraculous vision? Astronomer Bob Berman discusses the prevailing theories and adds his own thoughts into the mix.
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