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EATS: Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
Here at the Almanac, Thanksgiving is all about comfort food. This year, we took some of the classic...
How to Make Luminarias
Brighten the night! Here’s how to make luminarias—twinkling paper lanterns—to line a driveway or...
The Most Super Supermoon
Of all the things happening in the universe this year, the November 14, 2016, Supermoon will...
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...
November Birthstone: Color and Meaning
The November birthstone, the topaz, symbolizes love and affection. It is believed to give the...
Sarah Josepha Hale: Godmother of Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! While you are being grateful for your food, friends, and family, take a little...
Best Days to Do Things for the Month of November 2016
Here are November 2016 Best Days by the Moon, deemed to be propitious by astrologers. However,...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates November 2016
Use the November 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best...
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...
Halloween Makeup and Fake Blood
Make our own Halloween Makeup out of pantry potions. Here’s recipes to paint your face, make fake...
Easy To Make Catnip, Cat Toys
Reward your cat with a special treat! At a small cost, you can grow your own catnip, with enough to...
Classic Crafts for Kids: Sand Jar
Ever made your own sand jars? Now that school is out for most, you may be looking for a way to keep...
Garden Party Ideas
Let’s have a garden party! Set tables and chairs near the flowers or on the lawn and gather some...
Best Days for the Month of October 2016
These October dates, deemed to be propitious in astrology, are based on the astrological passage of...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates October 2016
Use the October 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best...
How to Make Paper Snowflakes
Here are simple instructions on how to make paper snowflakes to decorate your wintery wonderland!...
Seasonal Crafts: How to Make Pomander Balls
Here’s how to make orange pomander balls, which will fresh your closets and home—and also make a...
Black Moon 2016
We’re seeing media hype about a “Black Moon” on Friday, September 30, 2016. Don’t get too excited...
A Journey Through the Seasons: In Celebration of our 225th Anniversary!
Celebrate the seasons with this beautiful collection of seasonal photos shared by Almanac readers—...
Folklore of Cocks, Cockcrows, and Weathercocks
The cock has stood as a symbol of folklore for centuries, is a main facet on weathervanes, and has...
Blog: Signs of Autumn
It’s my favorite time of year again. Autumn is in the air. What signs of the seasons do you observe...
Best Days for the Month of September 2016
These September dates, deemed to be propitious in astrology, are based on the astrological passage...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates September 2016
Use the September 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best...
Eats: Thanksgiving Day Tips and Recipes
Whether making traditional side dishes, or trying something a bit different, these cooking tips and...
Timeline of The Old Farmer's Almanac—and America!
People often ask how and why this Almanac has lasted. Here’s the answer in an interactive timeline...
History of Pickling and Pickling Spices
If you love pickles, you will be as intrigued as to learn about the history of pickling and...
Origin of Day Names
The days of the week were named by the Romans with the Latin words for the Sun, the Moon, and the...
Weather Folklore: The Shepherd's Barometer
Here are some ways to judge the weather, grounded on 50 years’ experience and observations by an...
National Watermelon Day: August 3
August 3 is National Watermelon Day and one of our favorite holidays in August! Watermelon is the...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates August 2016
Use the August 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best...
Best Days for the Month of August 2016
These August dates, deemed to be propitious in astrology, are based on the astrological passage of...
Fun Facts and Myths about Hair
Curious about your crowning glory? Here are some fun facts and myths about hair, including hair...
The History of Shaving and Beards
Methods of shaving have changed significantly throughout history, and perceptions of facial hair...
Sourdough Starters and Recipes
The early pioneers used yeast batters to make their distinctive sourdough, and the “tang” of their...
A History of Switchel
Switchel, or haymaker’s punch, is an old-fashioned summer drink that carries great history. This...
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...
Birthstones by Month and Their Meanings
What is the birthstone for your month? See our birthstones list below for January—December....
Best Pancake Recipes
Some of the best homemade pancake recipes are also the simplest. One easy buttermilk pancake recipe...
Summer Heat Wave of 1936
Eighty years ago as of July 2016, a blistering heat wave hit the eastern seaboard. We may complain...
How Not to Rob a Bank
With tongue in cheek, we present here six easy rules to follow when robbing a bank, along with...