Story behind your wreath, poisonous plants, feeding birds

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, December 14, 2020

robin

Clouded with snow
The cold winds blow,
And shrill on leafless bough
The robin with its burning breast
Alone sings now.

–Walter John de La Mare (1873–1956)

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Feeding Garden Birds in Winter

Birds are an essential part of the garden, helping with pest control as they snap up aphids, caterpillars, grubs and other insect pests. But in the winter, food can be scarce. Regular feeding will encourage birds to keep coming back to your garden, so they’ll be around during the growing season to...
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Top U.S. Vet Reveals: The Worst Dog Food You Can Buy

Are you harming your dog by feeding them the wrong food? There are 3 dangerous ingredients that no dog should ever eat, and if you are giving them to your dog then you might be slowly harming it.

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The Story Behind Your Christmas Wreath
The Story Behind Your Christmas Wreath

This time of year, there are Christmas wreaths adorning everywhere imaginable—from doors and fences to lampposts and windows—even the front grille of the car! How did a round bit of greenery come to symbolize the holidays?
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The Almanac is the perfect quiet winter read!

Cuddle up with a mug of tea, a cozy blanket, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac for a winter afternoon! Enjoy a holiday season filled with wit and wisdom from your favorite Old Farmer. The Almanac is guaranteed to tickle your funny bones and fill you with the comfort of tradition!

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Poisonous Plants for Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets
Poisonous Plants for Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets

Do you know which plants are poisonous to your dog, cat, or other pet? Keep your fuzzy friends safe! Here is a list of the more common plants and flowers that may be dangerous for your pet.
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What's your favorite Almanac Calendar?

Whether you’re an organized busy bee, an expert gardener, or a budding astronomer: We’ve got the calendar for you with classic Almanac wit and wisdom! Start 2021 off right with your favorite calendar!

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Winter Solstice 2020: The First Day of Winter
Winter Solstice 2020: The First Day of Winter

The winter solstice happens on 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...
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What does snow on Christmas night mean for next year's crops?

Find out fun facts about every holiday with the 2021 Engagement Calendar. This popular daily planner provides plenty of space to jot down appointments, events, reminders, observations, and inspirations. Cheer up each day with wit, wisdom, a quote, a proverb, or a bit of folklore!

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Easy Cranberry Chicken
Easy Cranberry Chicken

Need a quick dinner? This Easy Cranberry Chicken recipe is a wonderfully festive and flavorful dish with minimal effort. Enjoy over rice or with roasted veggies.

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What's the best book for kids who are always bored?

Keep youngsters entertained for hours with fun facts, fascinating stories, and educational activities in The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Vol. 8! Whether your kiddos are reading on their own or you’re reading with them, The Almanac for Kids provides plenty of intriguing stories for anyone who’s a kid at heart!

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