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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...
When Is Easter 2020? | How the Easter Date is Determined
Easter 2020 will be observed on Sunday, April 12! Find out how the date of Easter is determined,...
Earth Day 2020
Earth Day 2020 will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 22! This year, we celebrate the 50th...
The Surprising Origins of Easter Symbols: From Lambs to Lilies
From lilies to lambs, there are many beautiful Easter symbols that have significance to us. But do...
Why Baby Animals are Born in Spring
Why are baby farm animals typically born in the spring? And why do we have an “Easter Bunny”? Enjoy...
The Month of April 2020: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
By April, spring has finally sprung, and if we’re lucky, the weather will reflect that! We hope...
Why Is Friday the 13th Unlucky? | Origin of Friday the 13th
The next Friday the 13th is March 13, 2020. Why is this day often associated with bad luck? What is...
St. Patrick's Day 2020
Saint Patrick’s Day is on Tuesday, March 17, this year! Who was Saint Patrick? Why are shamrocks a...
Easter and the Paschal Full Moon
Did you know that the date of Easter—April 12 this year—is tied to the full Moon and the March...
Daylight Saving Time 2020: When Does the Time Change?
Daylight Saving Time starts on the 2nd Sunday in March—that’s Sunday, March 8, 2020! See details...
Best St. Patrick's Day Recipes
A selection of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes—including soda bread, corned beef and cabbage...
Mardi Gras 2020 (Fat Tuesday)
Mardi Gras 2020 is Tuesday, February 25! Why do we celebrate Mardi Gras? Also called Shrove Tuesday...
Valentine's Day 2020: What Is the Real Meaning of Valentine's Day?
What is the real story of Valentine’s Day? This ancient marking of agricultural and human fertility...
Why Is 2020 a Leap Year?
2020 is a leap year! Find out why and what this means, and see when the next leap year will be....
Groundhog Day 2020
Groundhog Day comes from our agricultural past and marks the halfway point to the spring equinox....
Presidents' Day 2020
Presidents’ Day is Monday, February 17, 2020! Which presidents do we celebrate on Presidents’ Day?...
9 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on Monday, January 20, 2020. Celebrate this revolutionary...
Fourth of July 2020: Celebrate with History, Traditions, and Recipes
What is Independence Day (U.S.)? Why do we celebrate this all-important American holiday? Learn the...
Ramadan 2020: When is Ramadan?
When does Ramadan 2020 begin and end? See Ramadan dates—and learn more about how Ramadan is ...
New Year's Day 2020
Happy New Year!! Ever wondered why the new year starts on January 1? Is 2020 the start of a new...
Hoppin’ John: A Traditional Southern Dish for New Year's Day
Welcome in the New Year with Hoppin’ John, a traditional New Year’s Day dish, and luck will follow...
How to Care for a Christmas Tree
Here’s how to keep your Christmas tree fresh plus 10 ideas on how to recycle that tree after the...
Ethnic Bread Recipes for the Holidays
Certain holidays are accompanied by traditional ethnic recipes, many of which are for baking bread...
Keeping New Year's Resolutions
New Year’s resolution traditions actually go back to ancient times. So, before you pooh-pooh the...
Christmas Facts and Trivia
Where did the phrase “Jiminy Christmas” come from? What about “Godspeed”? Why do some people write...
Is Rudolph a Girl?
Christmas falls in late December and—as we all know—everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer leads...
Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 22, at sundown. Learn about Hanukkah history, customs, and a...
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...
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...
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020
The third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. Here is why we...
Best Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes
Few feasts are so steeped in tradition as Thanksgiving! We’ve updated our Thanksgiving Dinner...
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...
Poinsettias: Unlikely Christmas Plants
Ruby-red Poinsettias signal Christmastime. But how did this tropical plant become the traditional...
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...
Christmas Firsts: The Origins of Christmas Traditions in America
When did the first Christmas card, Christmas tree, and department store Santa Claus appear in...
The Story Behind Your Christmas Wreath
This time of year, there are Christmas wreaths everywhere from doors and fences to lampposts and...
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 ...
The Thanksgiving Meal Is Packed With Vitamins
When you think of Thanksgiving, what foods come to mind? Turkey? Sweet potatoes? Cranberries?...