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Was Valentine's Day Once Warmer?
When Valentine’s Day (on February 14) became popular in the Middle Ages, the climate was warmer...
9 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this Monday, January 21! Celebrate this revolutionary civil rights...
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...
Holiday Plants That Are Harmful to Cats and Dogs
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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...
Christmas Appetizer Recipes
Ho, ho, ho! Here are 12 of our favorite Christmas appetizer recipes. Whether it’s classic deviled...
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
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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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Independence Day 2019: The Fourth of July
What is Independence Day (U.S.)? Why do we celebrate this all-important American holiday? Learn the...
Grandparents Day 2019
Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Take the time to honor...
Canada Day 2019
O Canada! It’s time to celebrate Canada Day! Learn the history behind this national holiday,...
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—...
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...
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. What is Halloween really about? How did it get...
Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes: Pies and Puddings
When it comes to Thanksgiving, turkey may be the centerpiece of the table, but it’s dessert that...
When is Sadie Hawkins Day?
Ever heard of Sadie Hawkins Day? Find out more about this quirky holiday—and how it all got started...
Ethnic Bread Recipes for the Holidays
Certain holidays are accompanied by traditional ethnic recipes, many of which are for baking bread...
4 Last-Minute Halloween Decorations for Gardeners
Halloween is here! You’ve got the candy, the kids’ costumes, and maybe even your own outfit ready...
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...
The Month of November 2018: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What happens in November 2018? Here at the Almanac, we think of November as the month of food, when...
Halloween Weather Forecast: Wicked Weather to Haunt The Holiday
This Halloween, along with costumes and candy, don’t forget your coat or rain jacket! See what the...
5 Traditional Halloween Crafts
Enjoy these fun, traditional Halloween crafts—from apple heads to cornhusk dolls! They’re great for...
Pumpkin-Carving Tips and Tricks
Whether this is your first attempt at carving a pumpkin or your hundredth, there are many...
Origins of Halloween Traditions
Why does Halloween make us think of trick or treating, witches on broomsticks, bobbing for apples,...
4 Ways Canadian Thanksgiving Differs From American Thanksgiving
In America, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year. But did you know that Canada...
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...
How to Make a Fall Nut Wreath
This autumn, make a natural nut wreath for your front door. Fall is nut season (seen any squirrels...
Who Was Leif Eriksson?
It’s true—the arrival of Leif Eriksson and his Vikings in North America over 1,000 years ago didn’t...
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...
4th of July Weather Forecast 2018
This year, America celebrates its 242nd birthday! Read our 4th of July forecast to find out what...
2018 Memorial Day Weather Forecast
Memorial Day weekend is less than two weeks away, which means that summer is just around the corner...
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