Hagerstown Almanack Newsletter



            "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

                                                                          Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH: Cloudy, occasional flurries and drizzle (1,2,3,4,5,6,7);wet snow, ice, rain near coast, then windy and colder(8,9,10,11); fair, chilly (12) turning drier, milder 13,14); rain, then brisk with flurries, snow showers west (15,16,17); dry, seasonal (18,19,20,21,22,23,24); rain/snow mix east, snow west (25,26); brisk, turning colder, dry, seasonal (27,28); light snow, flurries, then fair and colder (29,30,31).
SEVERE WEATER WATCH: The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack sees heavy snow and a wintery mix (8,9,10,11); high winds (11) and more heavy snow (25,26,27).
FULL MOON: December‘s full moon falls on the 7th. Because of the lower temperatures during the month, it has been appropriately called COLD MOON by many Native American tribes. Other tribes noticed that the beavers were scurrying to finish building their dams and lodges before the lakes and ponds begin to ice over so they called it ICE-FORMING MOON or BEAVER MOON.
SPECIAL NOTES: The Winter Solstice of 2022 will occur on Thursday, December 21st. Remember that The Almanack makes a great gift, one that keeps giving throughout the entire year! Go to www.almanack.com/order, order a holiday copy or two (or three or four!), and this year, consider including a nifty THE ALMANACK KNOWS WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS! sweatshirt or tee under the tree. Go to www.bonfire.com/the-almanack-knows, check out the styles and colors, and order one today.
HOLIDAYS: Hanukkah begins at sunset on Sunday, December 18th , celebrate Christmas on Sunday, December 25th, and Kwanzaa, on Monday, December 26th. Enjoy the holiday festivities with family and friends and try to keep that joyful and giving spirit alive throughout the coming year.
Everyone here at The Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack wishes everyone the happiest of holidays and again, pledges to its loyal readers (and followers on social media!) to continue to inform, inspire, and entertain as it has done for the past 227 years! New Year’s Eve falls on Saturday, December 31st. Plan and enjoy a safe, family-oriented evening of fun, food, and entertainment on the very first night of the year. Look online at www.firstnight.com/cities to find a First Night Celebration nearest you.
THE GARDEN: Enjoy a rest! The days are becoming too short and getting colder to push to do any more things outdoors. Instead, turn your gardening attentions to those houseplants (and other plants you have moved inside for the winter). Remember that warmer indoor temperatures can quickly dry out most plants so they will need a bit more than usual. It is never too soon to start planning for next year. Go to www.smartgardener.com/ for a free online vegetable garden layout tool that will help you to successfully grow healthy and tasty food
THE FARM: Best for planting root crops (17,18); weeding and stirring the soil (12,13); planting above-ground crops (1,27,28); harvesting all crops (2,3); the best days for setting hens and incubators (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, 30,31); the slaughtering and butchering of meat (23,24,25,26,27,28); transplanting (23,24,25,26,27,28); the weaning of all small animals and livestock (1,21,22,23,24,25,26),27,28); harvesting and storing grains (16,17,18,19,20,21,22).
“The thought that goes into the giving of a gift to a friend or loved one is so much more important than the value of the gift itself”


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