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How to Care for a Christmas Tree
Here’s how to keep your Christmas tree fresh. Remember, watering is critical! A freshly cut tree...
10 Gifts for Weather Watchers and Outdoor Lovers
Need Christmas gift ideas for the weather watchers and outdoor lovers in your life? Do you know a...
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Veterans Day 2020
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Election Day History, Trivia, and Fascinating Facts
In 2020, U.S. Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 3. How much do—and don’t—you know? Here is a...
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Origins of Halloween Traditions
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Halloween Blue Moon in 2020: How Rare Is a Full Moon on Halloween?
Ever noticed that Halloween pictures always show a full Moon? Well, this year, October 31 brings a...
How to Make a Fall Nut Wreath
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The Month of November 2020: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What’s happening in November? Here at the Almanac, we think of November as the month of food, when...
Unusual Pumpkins and Gourds for the Autumn Displays
Colorful pumpkins and gourds are signs of autumn to me—and the autumn home and table would not be...
5 Traditional Halloween Crafts
Enjoy these fun, traditional Halloween crafts—from apple heads to cornhusk dolls to pumpkin-seed...
Ramadan 2020: When Is Ramadan?
The holy month of Ramadan begins in the evening of Thursday, April 23, 2020. Learn about how—and...
When Does the Islamic New Year 2021 Begin?
When Does the Islamic New Year—First of Muharram—begin? Here are the dates from The Old Farmer’s...
How to Carve a Pumpkin
How do you carve a pumpkin? Whether you are a beginner or an expert, “Farmer Mike” Valladao has...
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...
Yom Kippur 2020
In 2020, Yom Kippur begins at sunset on September 27. Learn about the meaning behind Yom Kippur, as...
Rosh Hashanah 2020
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year according to the traditional Jewish calendar. In 2020,...
Grandparents Day 2020
Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, that’s Sunday...
Diwali 2020: What Is Diwali?
Diwali is the Indian “festival of lights”—a holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil....
Labor Day 2020
This year, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7! Unlike many holidays, Labor Day doesn’t have...
National Watermelon Day: August 3
August 3 is National Watermelon Day and one of our favorite holidays in August! Watermelon is the...
Canada Day 2020
O Canada! It’s time to celebrate Canada Day! Learn the history behind this national holiday,...
Fourth of July 2020: Celebrate with History, Traditions, and Recipes
What is Independence Day (U.S.)? How did our founders envision our country’s celebration? Learn the...
Father's Day on the Solstice: Ideas to Celebrate Dad!
Looking for a fun way to spend your Father’s Day this Sunday? This holiday comes on the night of...
Father's Day 2020
Father’s Day 2020 is celebrated this Sunday, June 21. Ever wondered how Father’s Day came to be? It...
Columbus Day 2020
Columbus Day occurs on the second Monday in October. This year, it will be observed on Monday,...
The Month of May 2020: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
Celebrate the gorgeous month of May! The Sun is warming, the birds are chirping, the flowers are...
The History of Mother's Day in the United States
The real history of Mother’s Day in the United States might surprise you. Three women—who...
May Day 2020: What is May Day?
May Day (May 1) is a holiday rich in history and folklore, celebrating the return of spring! As 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...
Passover 2020: When Does Passover Begin?
Passover 2020 begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 8. See more information on Passover dates,...
The Surprising Origins of Easter Symbols: From Lambs to Lilies
From lambs to lilies, 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...
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...
Ethnic Bread Recipes for the Holidays
Certain holidays are accompanied by traditional ethnic recipes, many of which are for baking bread...
Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids
Want to get the kids involved this holiday season? Try making these easy Christmas cookie recipes ...