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History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are...
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...
Flag Day 2020: Celebrating the American Flag
Flag Day is Sunday, June 14! This annual holiday celebrates the history and symbolism of the...
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...
Groundhog Day 2020
Groundhog Day comes from our agricultural past and marks the halfway point to the spring equinox....
9 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on Monday, January 20, 2020. Celebrate this revolutionary...
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...
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...
Ethnic Bread Recipes for the Holidays
Certain holidays are accompanied by traditional ethnic recipes, many of which are for baking bread...
New Year's Traditions From Around the World
Many New Year’s traditions that we take for granted today actually have a long, long history. This...
Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?
Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Of all the plants used as Christmas decorations, none has as...
Christmas Firsts: The Origins of Christmas Traditions in America
When did the first Christmas card, Christmas tree, and department store Santa Claus appear in...
St. Nicholas Day 2019
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Is he the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas? Find out about...
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...
Sarah Josepha Hale: Godmother of Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little...
Interesting Facts About Mark Twain
November 30 is the birthday of Mark Twain, born in 1835. Here are 10 curious facts about his life...
Victorian Era Etiquette and Manners
There were countless rules of social manners and etiquette during the Victorian Era, though they...
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...
The History of Ice Cream
The history of ice cream is a messy one. Many nations claim to have invented it, just as various...