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Making Paper Snowflakes
How to Make Paper Snowflakes
Turn your home into a winter wonderland with paper snowflakes! Perfect for a snow day, this easy project is fun for all ages!
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How Do Christmas Trees Grow?
While most of us think about Christmas trees only in December, for farmers who grow cut-your-own...
How to Carve a Pumpkin
When it comes to pumpkin carving, “Farmer Mike” Valladao is an expert. He shares his tips, tricks, ...
The Star of Bethlehem
Was the Star of Bethlehem a real celestial body or a miraculous vision? Astronomer Bob Berman...
Fall Leaves: Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Ever wonder why leaves change color? Did you know that fall’s vivid colors are actually hidden...
Where the Wild Things Are: November
November the first. You’ve unmothballed your winter sweaters and laid in a supply of hand-warmers....
History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are...
The Story Behind Your Christmas Wreath
This time of year there are Christmas wreaths everywhere from doors and fences to lampposts and...
Christmas Day 2019
Christmas occurs on a Wednesday this year. Discover why we celebrate Christmas Day on December 25...
Christmas Firsts: The Origins of Christmas Traditions in America
When did the first Christmas card, Christmas tree, and department store Santa Claus appear in...
Boxing Day 2019: What is Boxing Day?
Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26! Why is it called Boxing Day? And what, if anything, does...
Why is Friday the 13th Unlucky? | Origin of Friday the 13th
The next Friday the 13th is December 13, 2019! Why is this day often associated with bad luck?...
Full Moon for December 2019
December’s full Moon rises on Wednesday, December 11, into Thursday, December 12, 2019. Plus, this...
Monthly Horoscope for December 2019
Check your Horoscope for December 2019! Every month, Almanac astrologer Celeste Longacre provides...
How to Make Paper Snowflakes
Turn your home into a winter wonderland with paper snowflakes! Perfect for a snow day, this easy...
St. Nicholas Day 2019
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Is he the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas? Find out about...
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020
Mercury’s retrograde motion will start again on February 17, 2020! According to the age-old...
December Birth Flowers
December’s flowers may be very different from each other—one being a bulb and the other an...
Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids
Want to get the kids involved this holiday season? Try making these easy Christmas cookie recipes ...
The Month of December 2019: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What’s happening in December 2019? This month brings with it snow (for many), family, feasts, and...
Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 22, at sundown. Learn about Hanukkah history, customs, and a...
The Thanksgiving Meal Is Packed With Vitamins
When you think of Thanksgiving, what foods come to mind? Turkey? Sweet potatoes? Cranberries?...
Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes
For us, leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. Here are quick and easy leftovers...
How to Care for a Christmas Tree
Learn how to choose the perfect Christmas tree—and keep your tree healthy from the beginning. Right...
How to Make Pomander Balls
Here’s how to make pomander balls, which are simply oranges pierced by cloves. As the fruit dries,...
Best Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes
Few feasts are so steeped in tradition as Thanksgiving! We’ve updated our Thanksgiving Dinner...
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...
Thanksgiving Day 2019
In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November—this year, on...
Best Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes
What do you serve before Thanksgiving dinner? Here are some Thanksgiving appetizer recipe ideas—...
Best Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, a traditional pie is a sure bet for us. But which pie? Here...
Winter Solstice 2019: The First Day of Winter
Winter officially begins with the Winter Solstice on Saturday, December 21, 2019. This is the...
Veterans Day 2019
Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11. This year, the 11th day of the 11th month is a...
Full Moon for November 2019
November’s Full Beaver Moon rises on Tuesday, November 12! Learn when to spot it in your area and...
2019 Thanksgiving Forecast: Gobbled Up by Rain and Snow?
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, two things are on the mind: turkey and travel! For the latter,...
The History of Shaving and Beards
Can you imagine plucking facial hair? When (and why) do men shave beards? Interestingly, shaving...
Monthly Horoscope for November 2019
Here’s your Horoscope for November 2019. Every month, Almanac astrologer Celeste Longacre provides...
Daylight Saving Time 2019: When Does the Time Change?
Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 3, at 2 A.M., so prepare Saturday evening to “fall...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2019-2020?
When do the four seasons—winter, spring, summer, and fall—start? Here are your equinox and solstice...
4 Last-Minute Halloween Decorations for Gardeners
Halloween is almost here! You’ve got the candy for trick-or-treaters ready to go. But, as you...
Halloween Moon | What's the Moon Phase This Halloween?
Ever noticed that Halloween pictures always show a full Moon? But how often does the full Moon...
Indian Summer: What, Why, and When?
In the fall, it seems that almost any warm day is referred to by most people as “Indian summer.” ...
Quarter Days and Cross-Quarter Days
Halloween has ancient origins. For the Celts, it was a cross-quarter day called Samhain (“summer’s...
Why Do We Vote on a Tuesday?
Ever wondered why Americans vote on a Tuesday? The practice goes back to a time when Tuesday was ...