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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...
Christmas Day 2018
What is the real meaning of Christmas? Enjoy our Everything Christmas page with Christmas dates,...
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 actually date back to ancient times. This year...
Hoppin’ John: Good Luck Food at New Year
Welcome in the New Year with Hoppin’ John, a traditional New Year’s Day dish, and luck will follow...
Christmas Facts and Trivia
Why is Christmas Day on December 25? Where did the phrase “Jiminy Christmas” come from? What about...
Growing Holly Bushes: Popular Varieties
It’s red berry time and with bunches of fresh holly leaves and berries or branches of winterberries...
When Is Labor Day 2019?
When is Labor Day 2019? Why do we observe Labor Day? Learn about the history of this holiday—and...
When is Election Day 2019?
In the United States, the next Election Day will occur on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Which states...
When is Veterans Day 2019?
Veterans Day always falls on November 11. Learn the true meaning of Veterans Day and its important ...
St. Nicholas Day 2018
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Actually, he was! Find out about the history of St. Nicholas (and...
When Is Daylight Saving Time in 2019?
When does Daylight Saving Time 2019 begin and when does DST end? Find dates here—as well as the...
Columbus Day 2019
Columbus Day 2019 occurs on the second Monday in October. What exactly do we celebrate on Columbus...
When is Thanksgiving Day 2019?
When is Thanksgiving Day 2019? What do we celebrate this all-important feast day? Enjoy a brief...
Boxing Day 2018: What is Boxing Day?
What is Boxing Day? Why is it called Boxing Day? And what, if anything, does boxing have to do with...
Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?
Of all the plants used as Christmas decorations, none has as long and interesting a history as...
Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids
Try one of these easy Christmas cookie recipes for kids—or adults! These recipes are easy to bake ...
Best Thanksgiving Recipes
Few feasts are so steeped in tradition as Thanksgiving! We’ve collected our (mostly) traditional ...
Weather on the First Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving travel always makes weather a big concern, so I thought it might be fun to write about...
Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival celebrated in November or December each year. See when...
Thanksgiving Weather Forecast: Thankful for Milder Weather
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for us to talk turkey about the...
New Year's Day 2019
In 2019, New Year’s Day falls on a Tuesday.. Learn more about the first day of the first month—and...
When is Kwanzaa 2018?
When does Kwanzaa begin in 2018? See our chart—and learn about the origins and history of Kwanzaa....
Rosh Hashanah 2019
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year in the traditional Jewish calendar. Find out Rosh...
When is Mardi Gras 2019?
When is Mardi Gras 2019? Why is this day—also called Shrove Tuesday—celebrated? Read what The Old...
When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019? Here is the MLK Day date for the year—plus, more about...
When is Presidents' Day 2019?
When is Presidents’ Day 2019? When is George Washington’s birthday? There’s some confusion about...
St. Patrick's Day 2019
Who was St. Patrick? Why are shamrocks a symbol of this day? Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day history,...
Canada Day 2019
O Canada! It’s time to celebrate Canada Day! Learn the history behind this national holiday,...
Yom Kippur 2019
When is Yom Kippur 2019? Learn about the meaning behind Yom Kippur, as well as the traditions...
Why is Friday the 13th Unlucky? | Origin of Friday the 13th
Why is Friday the 13th considered a “bad luck” day? Discover the origins of this superstitious day—...
Independence Day 2019: The Fourth of July
What is Independence Day (U.S.)? Why do we celebrate this all-important American holiday? Learn the...
When Does the Islamic New Year 2019 Begin?
When Does the Islamic New Year 2019 begin? Get dates from your Almanac. Also called Al-Hijra, the...
Father's Day 2019
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16, 2019. How do you celebrate your father (or, honor his memory)? On...
Memorial Day 2019
When is Memorial Day 2019? Learn more about the true meaning of Memorial Day—and how it differs...
When is Mother's Day 2019 | 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 Passover 2019?
When does Passover 2019 begin? See more information on Passover dates, a short history, and...
When is the Start of Ramadan 2019?
When does Ramadan 2019 begin? See Ramadan dates—and learn more about how Ramadan is observed. What...
Groundhog Day 2019
Did the groundhog see his shadow this year? What is the meaning of Groundhog Day—and why do we...
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