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Curing Colds

A common saying about a cold is that it “lasts for a week if you treat it, seven days if you don’t.” As amusing and true as that may be, it’s not fun to have a cold. What can we do to help our bodies through this seven-day healing process so that we can savor the joys of the season?

·                         Drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated during times of dry indoor air.

·                         Hot soups (chicken, of course) clear nasal passages. Try Granny’s Best Chicken Soup steaming hot and seasoned with garlic.

·                         Herbal teas bring relief. Rose hip tea is full of vitamin C.

·                         Eating foods heavy in garlic, onion, or horseradish may aide recovery as well.

·                         To ward off spreading colds during the holidays, wash your hands frequently!

See more herbal cold remedies as well as ways to avoid colds and the flu before they start!
Simply stay warm, rested, and wait. In seven days, we all have the same amount of time!

Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings. –Publius Syrus (c. 42 B.C.)

To Your Health

The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2009 Engagement Calendar offers a new monthly feature, “To Your Health.”

Now Look Inside!

See how the week-at-a-glance format provides ample space for appointments and notes, as well as daily advice, quirky history, and folklore.

You have until December 10 to order any Old Farmer’s Almanac product online in time for holiday delivery! Preview all of our 2009 products!



The icicles now fringe the trees
That swayed in summer’s           gentle breeze,

When summer days were fair.
–Dora Read Goodale (1866-1953)


A Special Offer from The Old Farmer’s Almanac


Make Pets Happy!

This holiday season, give your pets a special treat, too!

See our blog on canine cookies, bird suet recipes, and cat treats.

What do your pets enjoy? Share your ideas!


Great Almanac Giveaway!

Check out this month’s prize from:
Vermont Country Gift Box Company


December 10, 1719
First recorded sighting of aurora borealis in New England.

December 10, 1896
Alfred Nobel (chemist, engineer, and the inventor of dynamite) died. In his last will, he used his enormous fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes.

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These holiday treats are just the thing to bring to a party or to serve at your own festivities.

Easy Thumbprint Cookies
Make these
beautiful, jelly-filled cookies to put on the holiday table or Santa’s plate. Have the kids make the thumbprints for you.

Pecan Puffs
buttery cookies look like little snowballs.

Super-Easy Triple-Chocolate Fudge
This fudge is dangerous. It’s easy to make and very easy to eat. You can’t just eat one piece.

Gingerbread Men
Gingerbread Men recipe is a reader favorite and featured in our new Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Cookbook.

See hundreds of cookie recipes on

Cinnamon Cookie Ornaments
While not for eating, these
Fragrant Cinnamon cookie ornaments keep little hands occupied for hours!



A dream of ducks swimming on clear water portends a lucky journey.

Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.   –Plautus (254-184 B.C.)

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