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Homemade Christmas Food Gift Ideas
Put your hands and handiwork into your gifts. Make holiday food gifts from the kitchen—from buttery...
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...
Full Moon for November 2018
When is the Full Moon for November 2018? See our November Moon Guide—all about the Full Beaver Moon...
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...
Full Moon for December 2017
The Full Cold Moon rises on December 3, 2017! It’s a “Supermoon”—appearing bigger and brighter ...
The Month of December 2017: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
Welcome to December! This month brings with it snow (for many), family, feasts, and fun, but...
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...
December Birthstone: Color and Meaning
The December birthstone, turquoise, is regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good...
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 Make Paper Snowflakes
Here are simple instructions on how to make paper snowflakes to decorate your wintery wonderland...
How to Care for a Christmas Tree
Christmas trees seem to be getting more expensive each year! Here are some tips for buying the...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign December 2017
Use the December 2017 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best...
Best Days for the Month of December 2017
Here is a snapshot of the Best Days for the month of December 2017—from Best Days to quit smoking...
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...
Halloween Makeup and Fake Blood
Make our own Halloween makeup out of pantry potions. Here are recipes to paint your face, make fake...
Origins of Halloween Traditions
Why does Halloween make us think of trick or treating, witches on broomsticks, bobbing for apples,...
Best Days for the Month of November 2017
Here is a snapshot of the Best Days for the month of November 2017—from Best Days to quit smoking...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign November 2017
Use the November 2017 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best...
Enjoy these fun, traditional Halloween crafts! They’re great for the young and the young at heart!...
November Birthstone: Color and Meaning
The November birthstone, the topaz, symbolizes love and affection. It is believed to give the...
When Is Daylight Saving Time 2017?
When does Daylight Saving Time 2017 begin and end? Find dates here—and the history of Daylight...