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Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh
While most of us think about Christmas trees only in December, for growers of cut-your-own trees,...
Unusual Squash and Gourds for the Thanksgiving Displays
Colorful squash and gourds are signs of Thanksgiving to me—harking back to the Pilgrims—and the...
History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are...
How to Carve a Pumpkin
When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve got tips on carving the best...
When is Mardi Gras 2018?
Why is Mardi Gras celebrated? Why is Mardi Gras also called Shrove Tuesday? Read what The Old...
Groundhog Day 2018: Will the Groundhog See His Shadow?
Will the groundhog see his shadow this year? What is the meaning of Groundhog Day—and why do we...
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...
When is the Next Leap Year?
When is the next Leap Year? Find out when the next Leap Day will be, how to calculate Leap Years,...
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...
How to Make (and Keep) New Year's Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions have a long history. Why do we have New Year’s resolutions? And how do we...
New Year's Day 2018
In 2018, New Year’s Day falls on a Monday, capping off a nice long holiday weekend. Learn more...
New Year’s Day Weather Folklore
A new year is always ripe with possibilities. Though we have our forecasts, we also enjoy the...
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...
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...
Natural Decorating for Christmas
Have you decked the halls? Consider your backyard and garden for a ready source of interesting...
When is Sadie Hawkins Day?
Ever heard of Sadie Hawkins Day? In 2017, this quirky holiday falls on Saturday November 3. Find...
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...
When is Halloween 2018?
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. But what day of the week? (We always hope for a...
When Is Columbus Day 2018?
Columbus Day 2018 is Monday, October 8. What exactly do we celebrate on Columbus Day? Find a brief...
When is Thanksgiving Day 2018?
In 2018, U.S. Thanksgiving takes place on Thursday, November 22. (Canadian Thanksgiving is on...
When is Election Day 2018?
Why do we vote on a Tuesday? Learn about Election Day 2018 dates, history, quotes, trivia, and more...
When is Veterans Day 2018?
Veterans Day always falls on November 11. Learn the true meaning of Veterans Day and its important ...
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 ...
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...
When is Christmas Day 2017?
What is the real meaning of Christmas? Enjoy our Everything Christmas page with Christmas dates,...
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...
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