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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...
Holiday Plants That Are Harmful to Cats and Dogs
We have two new kittens at our house—Fred and Ginger—and they seem to be doubly curious about...
Growing Holly Bushes: Popular Varieties
It’s red berry time and with bunches of fresh holly leaves and berries or branches of winterberries...
Weather on the First Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving travel always makes weather a big concern, so I thought it might be fun to write about...
When is Sadie Hawkins Day?
Ever heard of Sadie Hawkins Day? Find out more about this quirky holiday—and how it all got started...
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...
Pumpkin-Carving Tips and Tricks
Whether this is your first attempt at carving a pumpkin or your hundredth, there are many...
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...
How Mardi Gras Started: Hard Winters and Charity
It’s hard to believe that Mardi Gras started with long hard winters and acts of charity. However,...
New Year’s Day Weather Folklore
A new year is always ripe with possibilities. Though we have our forecasts, we also enjoy the...
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...
White Christmas Forecast 2017
Will you have a white Christmas? See the Almanac’s White Christmas Forecast for 2017! We’ll list...
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...
Sarah Josepha Hale: Godmother of Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little...
Halloween Weather Forecast
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...
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...
Why We Gather During the Worst Travel Weather
Ever noticed that our important family holidays are during the absolute worst travel weather? Well...
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,...
Seasonal Crafts: Make Your Own Fire Starters
Make your own decorative fire starters with these simple instructions. All you need are some dry...
How to Make a Cranberry Wreath
Decorate your front door with a cranberry wreath this holiday season. Here’s how to make your ...
National Watermelon Day: August 3
August 3 is National Watermelon Day and one of our favorite holidays in August! Watermelon is the...
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...
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? Even...
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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...
Holiday Folklore and Facts
You may know about the major holidays but here are some facts, folklore, and traditions to...