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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...
History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are...
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...
July 4th Weather Forecast
This year, American celebrates its 242nd birthday! Read our 4th of July forecast to find out what...
Canada Day 2018
O Canada! It’s time to celebrate Canada Day! Learn the history behind this national holiday,...
Quarter Days and Cross-Quarter Days
From Midsummer Day to Michaelmas, learn about the Quarter Days and how they influenced our calendar...
Independence Day 2018: The Fourth of July
What is the real meaning behind the Fourth of July? Get Independence Day (U.S.) dates, a brief...
Valentine's Day 2019
’Tis the season of candy hearts and Valentine’s cards! Here are some of our favorite Valentine’s...
The History of Father's Day
Though Father’s Day wasn’t made a national holiday until 1972, the efforts of one woman in...
Father's Day 2018
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17 this year. How do you celebrate your father (or, honor his memory...
Father's Day Activities
Looking for a fun way to spend your Father’s Day this year? Fishing, having a barbeque or picnic,...
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. But what day of the week? (We always hope for a...
Columbus Day 2018
Columbus Day 2018 occurs on the second Monday in October. What exactly do we celebrate on Columbus...
When is Election Day 2018?
Why do we vote on a Tuesday? Learn about Election Day 2018 dates, history, quotes, trivia, and more...
2018 Memorial Day Weather Forecast
Memorial Day weekend is less than two weeks away, which means that summer is just around the corner...
When is Mother's Day 2018 | 10 Ways to Celebrate
How do you celebrate Mom? This year, our Almanac staff has added funny stories and happy memories...
When is the Start of Ramadan 2018?
Learn about the holiday of Ramadan and find out when observances begin in 2018. What is Ramadan?...
Memorial Day 2018
What is the meaning of Memorial Day, and how is this different from Veterans Day? Find Memorial Day...
Earth Day 2018
On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, and companionship with nature!...
The Month of May 2018: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
Celebrate the gorgeous month of May! The Sun is warming, the birds are chirping, the flowers are...
Why is Friday the 13th Unlucky? Origin of Friday 13th
It’s Friday the 13th! Why is 13 considered a “bad luck” day? Discover the origins of Friday the...
Arbor Day 2018: History, Facts, and Date
Arbor Day 2018 falls on Friday, April 27. Dedicate a tree to someone who is special to you, and...
When Is the Start of Passover 2018?
In 2018, Passover begins at sundown on Friday, March 30. See more information on Passover dates, a...
How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally
Try dyeing eggs the old-fashioned way—with spices, food, and plants! It turns out that your own...
2018 Easter Weekend Weather Forecast
Easter weekend is fast approaching! Are you prepared? Read our Easter weekend weather forecast to...
The Month of April 2018: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
April 2018 is the first full month of spring! We hope that your sky is bright and clear and your...
St. Patrick's Day 2018
Who was St. Patrick? Why are shamrocks a symbol of this day? Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day history,...
When Is Easter 2018 | How Is the Easter Date Determined?
When is Easter 2018—and why does the date of Easter change every year? How do we determine the date...
10 Tips on Making (and Keeping) New Year's Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions have a long history. Why do we have New Year’s resolutions? And how do we...
When is the Next Leap Year?
When is the next Leap Year? Find out when the next Leap Day will be and how to calculate Leap Years...
When Is Daylight Saving Time 2018?
When does Daylight Saving Time 2018 begin and end? Find dates here—as well as the history of...
Best St. Patrick's Day Recipes
A selection of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes—including soda bread, corned beef and cabbage...
How Mardi Gras Started: Hard Winters and Charity
It’s hard to believe that Mardi Gras started with long hard winters and acts of charity. However,...
Groundhog Day 2018
Did the groundhog see his shadow this year? What is the meaning of Groundhog Day—and why do we...
When is Mardi Gras 2018?
Why is Mardi Gras celebrated? Why is Mardi Gras also called Shrove Tuesday? Read what The Old...
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...
New Year Traditions From Around the World
Many New Year traditions that we take for granted actually date back to ancient times. This year,...
Mistletoe Meaning and Lore | Why We Kiss Beneath It
Of all the plants used as Christmas decorations, none has the long and interesting history of...
New Year’s Day Weather Folklore
A new year is always ripe with possibilities. Though we have our forecasts, we also enjoy the...
New Year's Day 2018
In 2018, New Year’s Day falls on a Monday, capping off a nice long holiday weekend. Learn more...
Christmas Facts and Trivia
Where did the phrase “Jiminy Christmas” come from? What about “Godspeed”? What’s the origin of “...
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