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When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018? Here is the MLK Day date for the year—plus, more about...
New Year Traditions From Around the World
Many New Year traditions that we take for granted actually date back to ancient times. This year,...
Mistletoe Meaning and Lore | Why We Kiss Beneath It
Of all the plants used as Christmas decorations, none has the long and interesting history of...
New Year’s Day Weather Folklore
A new year is always ripe with possibilities. Though we have our forecasts, we also enjoy the...
New Year's Day 2018
In 2018, New Year’s Day falls on a Monday, capping off a nice long holiday weekend. Learn more...
Christmas Facts and Trivia
Where did the phrase “Jiminy Christmas” come from? What about “Godspeed”? What’s the origin of “...
Christmas Appetizer Recipes
Ho, ho, ho! Here are 12 of our favorite Christmas appetizer recipes. Whether it’s classic deviled...
Christmas Firsts: Christmas Traditions in America
When were the first Christmas card, Christmas tree, and department store Santa Claus in America?...
Is Rudolph a Girl?
Christmas falls in late December and—as we all know—everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer leads...
Natural Decorating for Christmas
Have you decked the halls? Consider your backyard and garden for a ready source of interesting...
Gift Jar Ideas for Christmas
Try making your own gift jars this year, because one of the nicest presents you can give is a gift...
When is Thanksgiving Day 2018?
In 2018, U.S. Thanksgiving takes place on Thursday, November 22. (Canadian Thanksgiving is on...
When is Veterans Day 2018?
Veterans Day always falls on November 11. Learn the true meaning of Veterans Day and its important ...
When Does the Islamic New Year 2018 Begin?
When Does the Islamic New Year 2018 begin? Get dates from your Almanac. Also called Al-Hijra, the...
White Christmas Forecast 2017
Will you have a white Christmas? See the Almanac’s White Christmas Forecast for 2017! We’ll list...
Poinsettias: Unlikely Christmas Plants
Ruby-red poinsettias signaled Christmas to me as a child, especially growing up in balmy southern...
Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids
Try one of these easy Christmas cookie recipes for kids—or adults! These recipes are easy to bake ...
When is Christmas Day 2017?
What is the real meaning of Christmas? Enjoy our Everything Christmas page with Christmas dates,...
Hoppin’ John: Good Luck Food at New Year
Welcome the New Year with Hoppin’ John, a traditional New Year’s Day dish, and luck will follow you...
Amaryllis: How to Grow Amaryllis Bulbs
Amaryllises are beautiful Christmas bulbs that are easy to care for. Find out how to buy the best...
Bowls and Boards For The Holiday Table
Facing some health issues this fall, I turned my mind toward how to make holiday meals that would...
When Is St. Nicholas Day?
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Actually, he was! Find out about the history of St. Nicholas (and...
The Thanksgiving Meal Is Packed With Vitamins
When you think of Thanksgiving, what foods come to mind? Turkey? Sweet potatoes? Cranberries?...
How to Care for a Christmas Tree
Christmas trees seem to be getting more expensive each year! Here are some tips for buying the...
Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
Here at the Almanac, Thanksgiving is all about comfort food, including the desserts! Here are ten ...
What is Boxing Day?
What is Boxing Day? Why is it called Boxing Day? What, if anything, does boxing have to do with it...
Sarah Josepha Hale: Godmother of Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little...
Seasonal Crafts: How to Make a Nut Wreath
Decorate for the holidays this season with this festive homemade nut wreath! A wide variety of nuts...
Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes
Leftovers are one of the best parts of a special Thanksgiving meal! Here are quick and easy...
When is Hanukkah 2017?
Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival celebrated in November or December each year. See when...
The Month of November 2017: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What happens in November 2017? We like to think of November as the month of food, when the best of...
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 fall...
Origins of Halloween Traditions
Why does Halloween make us think of trick or treating, witches on broomsticks, bobbing for apples,...
Enjoy these fun, traditional Halloween crafts! They’re great for the young and the young at heart!...
Halloween Weather Forecast 2017
Halloween is fast approaching! Will you need to stitch that extra layer of fleece into your costume...
How to Make a Pumpkin Seed Necklace
This year, when you hollow out that Halloween pumpkin, save the seeds to make a cool and colorful...
Easy Halloween Dinner Recipe Ideas
Cook up a Halloween dinner for something fun! Here is an easy Halloween menu with three recipes for...
What Is So Spooky About Halloween Weather?
Why does Halloween fit so well with October? It’s just interesting to think about how much weather...
Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks
Whether this is your first attempt at carving a pumpkin or your hundredth, there are many...
When is Presidents' Day 2018?
When is Presidents’ Day 2018? When is George Washington’s birthday? There’s some confusion about...
What is May Day?
This article describes the traditions of May Day and how the May 1st celebration began. With winter...
When is Kwanzaa 2017?
When does Kwanzaa begin in 2017? See our chart—and learn about the origins and history of Kwanzaa....
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