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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, ...
History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are...
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? What...
Christmas Facts and Trivia
Where did the phrase “Jiminy Christmas” come from? What about “Godspeed”? See these festive facts...
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...
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 Appetizer Recipes
Ho, ho, ho! Here are 12 of our favorite Christmas appetizer recipes. Whether it’s classic deviled...
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...
Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids
Want to get the kids involved this holiday season? Try making these easy Christmas cookie recipes ...
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...
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...
Veterans Day 2019
Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11. This year, the 11th day of the 11th month is a...
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,...
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...
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...
Quarter Days and Cross-Quarter Days
Halloween has ancient origins. For the Celts, it was a cross-quarter day called Samhain (“summer’s...
Diwali 2019: What is Diwali?
Diwali is the Indian “festival of lights,” a holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil...
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. What is Halloween really about? How did it get...
Last-Minute Halloween Dinner
Cook up a Halloween dinner for something fun! Here is an easy Halloween menu with three recipes for...
Origins of Halloween Traditions
Why does Halloween make us think of trick-or-treating, witches on broomsticks, bobbing for apples,...
5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Pumpkin
One of many traditions is to pick pumpkins for Halloween! Here are 5 tips on how to pick the...
5 Traditional Halloween Crafts
Enjoy these fun, traditional Halloween crafts—from apple heads to cornhusk dolls to pumpkin-seed...
The Month of November 2019: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What’s happening in November 2019? Here at the Almanac, we think of November as the month of food,...
When is Election Day 2019?
In the United States, Election Day occurs on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Which states have made...
When Does the Islamic New Year 2020 Begin?
When Does the Islamic New Year 2020—First of Muharram—begin? Here are the dates from The Old Farmer...
Ramadan 2020: When is Ramadan?
When does Ramadan 2020 begin and end? See Ramadan dates—and learn more about how Ramadan is ...
Canada Day 2020
O Canada! It’s time to celebrate Canada Day! Learn the history behind this national holiday,...
When is Mardi Gras 2020?
When is Mardi Gras 2020? Why is this day—also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday—celebrated? Read...
St. Patrick's Day 2020
Who was St. Patrick? Why are shamrocks a symbol of this day? Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day history,...
Grandparents Day 2020
Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Take the time to honor...
When Is Labor Day 2020?
Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7, 2020. Unlike many holidays, Labor Day doesn’t have many...