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Why Poppies are a Symbol
Memorial Day 2019
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Weather on the First Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving travel always makes weather a big concern, so I thought it might be fun to write about...
Homemade Holiday Food Gift Ideas
Put your hands and handiwork into your gifts. Make holiday food gifts from the kitchen—from buttery...
The Month of December 2018: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
Welcome to December! This month brings with it snow (for many), family, feasts, and fun, but...
Weather Sayings and Their Meanings
Ready for do-it-yourself weather predicting? Long before meteorologists had sophisticated...
What To Do With Fall Leaves
We don’t call it “fall” around here for nothing. If lots of leaves have fallen in your yard, why...
Flower Meanings: The Language of Flowers
Do you know the Language of Flowers? Many flowers, herbs, trees, and other plants traditionally...
Indian Summer: What, Why, and When
In the fall, it seems that almost any warm day is referred to by most people as “Indian summer.” ...
Thanksgiving Weather Forecast: Thankful for Milder Weather
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for us to talk turkey about the...
Drying Herbs and Vegetables
Consider drying your herbs and late-harvest vegetables to keep them longer. Drying is one of the...
Independence Day 2019: The Fourth of July
What is Independence Day (U.S.)? Why do we celebrate this all-important American holiday? Learn the...
Grandparents Day 2019
Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Take the time to honor...
Canada Day 2019
O Canada! It’s time to celebrate Canada Day! Learn the history behind this national holiday,...
Why is Friday the 13th Unlucky? | Origin of Friday the 13th
Why is Friday the 13th considered a “bad luck” day? Discover the origins of this superstitious day—...
When Does the Islamic New Year 2019 Begin?
When Does the Islamic New Year 2019 begin? Get dates from your Almanac. Also called Al-Hijra, the...
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. What is Halloween really about? How did it get...
Why Do We Vote on a Tuesday?
Ever wondered why Americans vote on a Tuesday? The practice goes back to a time when Tuesday was ...
Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes: Pies and Puddings
When it comes to Thanksgiving, turkey may be the centerpiece of the table, but it’s dessert that...
November Birthstone: Color and Meaning
November’s birthstone, the topaz, symbolizes love and affection. It is believed to give the wearer...
November Birth Flower
November’s birth flower, the chrysanthemum, recalls the vibrant colors of October’s autumn leaves....
When is Sadie Hawkins Day?
Ever heard of Sadie Hawkins Day? Find out more about this quirky holiday—and how it all got started...
Monthly Horoscope for November 2018
Here’s your Horoscope for November 2018. Every month, Almanac astrologer Celeste Longacre provides...
Ethnic Bread Recipes for the Holidays
Certain holidays are accompanied by traditional ethnic recipes, many of which are for baking bread...
The Full Moon, Childbirth, and Marriage
The Moon has a personal relationship with us all, and folklore has it that childbirth and even...
Full Moon and Good Luck
Can the Moon change your luck? According to Moon lore, in many cases the full Moon brings good luck...
4 Last-Minute Halloween Decorations for Gardeners
Halloween is here! You’ve got the candy, the kids’ costumes, and maybe even your own outfit ready...
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...
The Month of November 2018: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
What happens in November 2018? Here at the Almanac, we think of November as the month of food, when...
DIY Halloween Makeup Ideas Using Common Pantry Items
Greeting trick-or-treaters on Halloween? Or, have your own little devil? Here are easy Halloween...
What is a Black Moon?
A lot of media hype surrounds Moon names, such as “Blood Moon” and “Blue Moon,” but have you ever...
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...
5 Traditional Halloween Crafts
Enjoy these fun, traditional Halloween crafts—from apple heads to cornhusk dolls! They’re great for...
Pumpkin-Carving Tips and Tricks
Whether this is your first attempt at carving a pumpkin or your hundredth, there are many...
Origins of Halloween Traditions
Why does Halloween make us think of trick or treating, witches on broomsticks, bobbing for apples,...
How to Press Flowers and Leaves
Pressing flowers is a lovely way to preserve a memory, create a lovely card or framed print, and...
4 Ways Canadian Thanksgiving Differs From American Thanksgiving
In America, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year. But did you know that Canada...
5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Pumpkin
One of many traditions is to pick pumpkins for Halloween! Here are 5 tips on how to pick the...
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...
Scorpio Zodiac Sign
Happy Birthday, Scorpio! The eighth sign of the zodiac, Scorpio dates in astrology are typically...
How to Make Pomander Balls
Here’s how to make pomander balls, which are simply oranges pierced by cloves. As the fruit dries,...
Monthly Horoscope for October 2018
Here’s your monthly horoscope for October 2018. What could be in store for this month? Almanac...
October Birth Flowers
Both of the October birth flowers are colorful annuals that thrive in full sun. What is the Flower...
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...