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The Legend of the Poinsettia as a Christmas Plant
The poinsettia is America’s most popular flowering holiday plant! Native to Mexico, the plant is...
9 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.
How much do you know about Martin Luther King Jr.? Here are 9 surprising facts about this...
Flag Day 2021: Celebrating the American Flag
Flag Day is Sunday, June 14! This annual holiday celebrates the history and symbolism of the...
Groundhog Day 2021
Groundhog Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 2! This curious holiday comes from our...
Inauguration Day 2021
Enjoy some Inauguration Day history, fun facts, and firsts. Who was the first president to be...
How Did the Months Get Their Names?
How did the months of the year get their names? The months’ names reflect a mix of gods and...
Christmas Firsts: The Origins of Christmas Traditions in America
Do you know who wrote the first Christmas card? Which president put up the first White House...
New Year's Traditions From Around the World
Many New Year’s traditions that we take for granted actually date from ancient times. This year,...
Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?
Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Of all the plants used in Christmas decor, not many have as...
Victorian Era Etiquette and Manners
There were countless rules of social manners and etiquette during the Victorian Era (1837-1901),...
St. Nicholas Day 2020
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Is he the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas? Find out about...
Interesting Facts About Mark Twain
Happy 185th birthday, Mark Twain! This famously witty writer was born on November 30, 1835. Here...
Sarah Josepha Hale: The Godmother of Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little...
The Month of October 2020: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
In October, autumn comes into full swing. Let’s get in the mood! Learn why it’s called October,...
Grandparents Day 2020
Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, that’s Sunday...
The History of Shaving and Beards
Can you imagine plucking facial hair? When (and why) did men start shaving their beards?...
Fourth of July 2020: Celebrate with History, Traditions, and Recipes
What is Independence Day (U.S.)? How did our founders envision our country’s celebration? Learn the...
DIY Face and Hair Masks: Nourishment From the Kitchen!
For centuries, people have been using fruits, vegetables and other natural products to nourish...
The History of Mother's Day in the United States
The real history of Mother’s Day in the United States might surprise you. Three women—who...
Meet Mother Jones
Who was Mother Jones? This American schoolteacher and dressmaker lived hand-to-mouth, lost her...
Sourdough Starters and Recipes
How about trying your hand at making a sourdough starter from scratch?! Here’s a little history...
How to Live a Longer Life
Can you be too busy to die? Perhaps there’s just no time to answer the door when the Grim Reaper...
Ethnic Bread Recipes for the Holidays
Certain holidays are accompanied by traditional ethnic recipes, many of which are for baking bread...
Quarter Days and Cross-Quarter Days
Halloween has ancient origins. For the Celts, it was a cross-quarter day called Samhain (“summer’s...
The Forgotten History of Father's Day
Father’s Day was not immediately accepted when it was proposed, and it did not become a national...
The Tuneful Tale of "Taps"
Ever wonder about the bugle call performed on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and at almost every...
Abraham Lincoln, the Almanac, and a Murder Trial
Abraham Lincoln, born on February 12 in 1809, pursued a legal career before turning to a political...
Best Homemade Pancake Recipes
Some of the best homemade pancake recipes are also the simplest. All on one page, find our best...
History of American Cosmetics
The history of cosmetics is a fascinating one, as standards of beauty have changed significantly...
Left-Hander's Day: August 13
August 13 is Left-Handers Day! If you or the lefties in your life feel excluded, forgotten, or even...
Trapped for Life: America’s Most Famous Cave Rescue
We’ve been riveted by the cave rescue in Thailand and watching as 12 boys were successfully rescued...
Old-Fashioned Views on How Appearance Determined Personality
Judging by this document published in Brookfield, Massachusetts in 1816, a bushy eyebrow shows you...
Remembering the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
At 5:12 A.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906, an earthquake woke up residents of San Francisco and...
The Evolution of the American Barn
Who doesn’t enjoy catching sight of an American barn when they drive down the road? Discover the...
Why Are Wedding Dresses White?
Why are wedding dresses white? What are the meanings behind wedding dress colors? Learn about the...
The Almanac in America
In all my years of experience in publishing The Old Farmer’s Almanac, holding one up before a...
Timeline of The Old Farmer's Almanac—and America!
People often ask how and why this Almanac has lasted. Here’s the answer in an interactive timeline...
History of Pickling and Pickling Spices
If you love pickles, you will be as intrigued as to learn about the history of pickling and...
Origin of Day Names
The days of the week were named by the Romans with the Latin words for the Sun, the Moon, and the...
A History of Switchel
Switchel, or haymaker’s punch, is an old-fashioned summer drink that carries great history. This...
Summer Heat Wave of 1936
Eighty years ago as of July 2016, a blistering heat wave hit the eastern seaboard. We may complain...
How Not to Rob a Bank
With tongue in cheek, we present here six easy rules to follow when robbing a bank, along with...