Plants of the solstice, fantastic fruitcakes!, get cozy

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Saturday, December 19, 2020

snow-moon

Sun comes, moon comes,
Time slips away.
Sun sets, moon sets,
Love, fix a day.

–Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809–92)

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Plants of the Winter Solstice
Plants of the Winter Solstice

Many trees and plants were traditionally important to the celebration of the winter solstice (on December 21). Think evergreens, yew, oak, mistletoe, holly, rosemary, pine, and ivy. Learn more about their symbolic meaning.
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Guess Our First Snow Contest
Guess Our First Snow Contest

It’s time to announce the winners of the “Guess Our First Snow Contest.” See winning names—and thanks to all 500+ folks who took a guess. We wish all our Companion readers a cozy winter—no matter what the weather!
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Festive Fruitcake Recipes
Festive Fruitcake Recipes

It is the hour of the fruitcake! While there are some truly terrible fruitcakes, you need to try this holiday classic at its best. We have gathered four delicious fruitcake recipes that are sure to change your ideas about this iconic Christmas cake. 
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How to Make a Gingerbread House
How to Make a Gingerbread House

This winter, we’re into the DIY projects! Making our own gingerbread house is a fun way to get into the spirit of the holidays and express some creativity—as well as create memories. See our directions on how to make gingerbread dough and a gingerbread house.
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Winter’s Coming: Ideas for Staying Cozy at Home
Winter’s Coming: Ideas for Staying Cozy at Home

How do you get cozy? As we move into wintertime and the nights get colder, I begin to crave coziness, that feeling of body, mind, and spirit enveloped in warmth and comfort. Hunkered down, snug, safe, secure. Here are some new ideas for finding comfort—from connecting with others to warming up a...
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