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New Year’s Day Weather Folklore
A new year is always ripe with possibilities. Though we have our forecasts, we also enjoy the...
Christmas Traditions: Origins and Facts
What do you know about the origin of Christmas and Christmas traditions? Find out how people...
New Year Traditions From Around the World
Many New Year customs that we take for granted actually date from ancient times. This year, ring...
Christmas Dinner Recipes and Ideas
Browse our top Christmas dinner recipe ideas, from ham and rib roast to goose and lasagna. We’ve...
Blog: How to Make New Year's Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions have a long history. The month of January was named for the two-faced Roman...
Christmas Appetizer Recipes
Ho ho! Here are 15 of our best Christmas appetizer recipes, from simple favorites to more elegant...
Is Rudolph a Girl?
Christmas falls in late December—as we all know—and everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer leads...
Long-Range Weather Predictions for December 2016
Here are December 2016 long-range weather forecasts for the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of The 2017...
Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids
Try one of these easy Christmas cookie recipes for kids—or, the young at heart. After all, they’re...
Ethnic Bread Recipes for the Holidays
Certain holidays are accompanied by traditional, ethnic recipes, many of which are for baking bread...
Christmas Firsts | History of Christmas Trees and Cards
Here is a little bit about the history of Christmas traditions in America, from Christmas trees to...
Amaryllis: Christmas Bulbs
Amaryllises are beautiful Christmas bulbs that are easy to care for. Find out how to buy the best...
How to Make a Christmas Wreath
A beautiful Christmas wreath sets the tone for the festive season. Making your own is a very...
Cranberry Cardamom & Citrus Pinwheels
Guess what friends, cookie season is on! Here’s a seasonal take on the pinwheel cookie recipe,...
Natural Decorating for Christmas
It’s time to deck the halls! Your garden is a ready source of interesting greenery, berries, dried...
Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes
Leftovers are one of the best parts of a special Thanksgiving meal! Here are quick and easy...
When is Thanksgiving Day 2017?
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving Day (U.S.) 2017? When was Thanksgiving first recognized as a...
Seasonal Crafts: Make Your Own Fire Starters
Make your own decorative fire starters with these simple instructions. All you need are some dry...
Seasonal Crafts: Make Your Own Gift Jars
Try making your own gift jars this year, because one of the nicest presents you can give is a gift...
How to Make a Cranberry Wreath
Decorate your front door with a cranberry wreath this holiday season. Here’s how to make your ...
EATS: Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
Here at the Almanac, Thanksgiving is all about comfort food. This year, we took some of the classic...
Seasonal Advice for November: Recipes, Gardening, Folklore
Mark your calendar for November 2016, which we like to think of as the month of food, when the best...
Sarah Josepha Hale: Godmother of Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little...
What Is So Spooky About Halloween Weather?
Can you imagine trick or treating among the flowers in May? Back on the 13th of May of 609 A.D.,...
Blog: Easy Halloween Dinner
Cook up a Halloween dinner for something fun! Here is an easy Halloween menu with three recipes for...
Independence Day (USA): Fourth of July
What is the real meaning behind the Fourth of July? Get Independence Day (U.S.) dates, a brief...
When is Earth Day 2017?
When is Earth Day 2017? This observance always falls on April 22. On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of...
When is Rosh Hashanah 2017?
When does Rosh Hashanah 2017 start? See our chart with dates and the meaning of this Jewish holiday...
Eats: Thanksgiving Day Tips and Recipes
Whether making traditional side dishes, or trying something a bit different, these cooking tips and...
National Watermelon Day: August 3
August 3 is National Watermelon Day and one of our favorite holidays in August! Watermelon is the...
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...
Seasonal Crafts: Make a Glove Turkey (Thanksgiving Table Decoration)
Make a glove turkey, a cute decoration for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece. Here’s how. Use three...
Quarter Days and Cross-Quarter Days
Ever wonder how Groundhog Day got started, why weddings were traditionally in June, or why we hold...
Thanksgiving: Slow Food, Slow Down
Everyone has heard of fast food but Thanksgiving is a time to think about slow food. No, I don’t...
Halloween is Pumpkin Weather for Zoos!
It’s getting close to Halloween. Time to give a pumpkin to—to a polar bear. Isn’t it obvious?...
Our daily calendar showing significant events (births, deaths, holidays).
When Is St. Nicholas Day?
Was St. Nicholas real? Actually, he was! Find out about the history of St. Nicholas (and St....
Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks
Whether this is your first attempt at carving a pumpkin or your hundredth, there are many...
An Almanac Minute: Valentine's Day
Got a minute? What’s the story behind Valentine’s Day—and how it came to stand for love? Watch this...
The First Thanksgiving
The latest weather outlook for the upcoming Thanksgiving is lovely, unless you live in the ...
Seasonal Crafts: 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...
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...
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