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Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh
While most of us think about Christmas trees only in December, for growers of cut-your-own trees,...
Unusual Squash and Gourds for the Thanksgiving Displays
Colorful squash and gourds are signs of Thanksgiving to me—harking back to the Pilgrims—and the...
Fall Leaves: Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Why do leaves change color in the fall? When exactly do they change, and how does the process occur...
First Day of Seasons 2017
Find equinox and solstice dates for 2017 and 2018—specifically, the March equinox, the June...
History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are...
The Star of Bethlehem
What is the Star of Bethlehem, and what is its significance? Every holiday season, planetariums...
Where the Wild Things Are: November
November the first. You’ve unmothballed your winter sweaters and laid in a supply of hand-warmers....
How to Carve a Pumpkin
When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve got tips on carving the best...
Zodiac for Pets: Cats & Dogs
Here are your pet profiles based on the zodiac signs! Capricorn December 22–January 19 Capricorn is...
The Chinese Zodiac: What is Your Zodiac Sign?
What year is 2018 in the Chinese zodiac? Find the your zodiac sign and the animal of your birth ...
New Year's Day 2018
In 2018, New Year’s Day falls on a Monday, capping off a nice long holiday weekend. Learn more...
Gifts from the Kitchen: Infused Vinegar Recipes
Bottles of infused vinegar make excellent gifts from the kitchen! Below is a colorful recipe for...
New Year’s Day Weather Folklore
A new year is always ripe with possibilities. Though we have our forecasts, we also enjoy the...
The Reason for the Seasons
What causes the seasons? Here are the key astronomical reasons from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. (...
The Month of January 2018: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
Welcome to January! Start the new year by learning about this month’s important holidays, seasonal ...
How to Make Cinnamon Ornaments
These homemade cinnamon ornaments are super-easy, with only three ingredients! They’re a lovely...
How to Make Pomander Balls
Here’s how to make pomander balls, which are simply oranges pierced by cloves. As they dry, they ...
Christmas Facts and Trivia
Where did the phrase “Jiminy Christmas” come from? What about “Godspeed”? What’s the origin of “...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign January 2018
Use the January 2018 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best...
Best Days for the Month of January 2018
Here is a snapshot of the Best Days for the month of January 2018—from Best Days to quit smoking to...
Christmas Appetizer Recipes
Ho, ho, ho! Here are 12 of our favorite Christmas appetizer recipes. Whether it’s classic deviled...
Christmas Firsts: Christmas Traditions in America
When were the first Christmas card, Christmas tree, and department store Santa Claus in America?...
When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018? Here is the MLK Day date for the year—plus, more about...
Is Rudolph a Girl?
Christmas falls in late December and—as we all know—everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer leads...
Homemade Christmas Food Gift Ideas
Put your hands and handiwork into your gifts. Make holiday food gifts from the kitchen—from buttery...
Gift Jar Ideas for Christmas
Try making your own gift jars this year, because one of the nicest presents you can give is a gift...
Natural Decorating for Christmas
Have you decked the halls? Consider your backyard and garden for a ready source of interesting...
When is Sadie Hawkins Day?
Ever heard of Sadie Hawkins Day? In 2017, this quirky holiday falls on Saturday November 3. Find...
When Does the Islamic New Year 2018 Begin?
When Does the Islamic New Year 2018 begin? Get dates from your Almanac. Also called Al-Hijra, the...
When is Halloween 2018?
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. But what day of the week? (We always hope for a...
When Is Columbus Day 2018?
Columbus Day 2018 is Monday, October 8. What exactly do we celebrate on Columbus Day? Find a brief...
When is Thanksgiving Day 2018?
In 2018, U.S. Thanksgiving takes place on Thursday, November 22. (Canadian Thanksgiving is on...
When is Election Day 2018?
Why do we vote on a Tuesday? Learn about Election Day 2018 dates, history, quotes, trivia, and more...
Full Moon for November 2018
When is the Full Moon for November 2018? See our November Moon Guide—all about the Full Beaver Moon...
When is Veterans Day 2018?
Veterans Day always falls on November 11. Learn the true meaning of Veterans Day and its important ...
White Christmas Forecast 2017
Will you have a white Christmas? See the Almanac’s White Christmas Forecast for 2017! We’ll list...
Full Moon for December 2017
The Full Cold Moon rises on December 3, 2017! It’s a “Supermoon”—appearing bigger and brighter ...
Mercury Retrograde Dates 2017/2018
When is Mercury in retrograde? What is this phenomenon, exactly? Read on to learn when the next ...
The Month of December 2017: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
Welcome to December! This month brings with it snow (for many), family, feasts, and fun, but...
Poinsettias: Unlikely Christmas Plants
Ruby-red poinsettias signaled Christmas to me as a child, especially growing up in balmy southern...
Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids
Try one of these easy Christmas cookie recipes for kids—or adults! These recipes are easy to bake ...
Hoppin’ John: Good Luck Food at New Year
Welcome the New Year with Hoppin’ John, a traditional New Year’s Day dish, and luck will follow you...