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Almanac Companion Newsletter
December 2, 2010

Holiday Sweets

St. Nicholas Day
St. Nicholas is considered the patron saint of children. In many places in the United States and abroad, children place their shoes by the window for St. Nicholas to fill with a present or sweet on the eve of December 6. They also eat candies and cookies, especially crispy
ginger cookies
See more about
St. Nicholas Day.
Candies and Cookies
Serve or bring these holiday treats to a party!
Thumbprint Cookies are jelly-filled and festive.
Pecan Puffs look like little snowballs.
Never-Fail Christmas Fudge is easy to make.
Gingerbread Men are always a reader favorite.

Quick Clicks

• Your holiday weather? Get your free 2-month long-range forecast.
• Relax this holiday season.
See our remedies to relieve stress and anxiety.
• Keep houseplants healthy!
See tips.

Expert Advice

Baking Cookie Tips
• To avoid tough cookies, don’t overmix the dough.
• For a quick chocolate glaze, drop a few chocolate chips on top of just-baked cookies and let the chocolate melt.
• Use metal cookie cutters instead of plastic. Dip cutters in flour between cuts.
• No time to bake? Melt chocolate and dip store-bought cookies in it for a homemade touch.
• Freeze unfrosted cookies, then add frosting and/or sprinkles after you take them out of the freezer.
See more tips on baking cookies.
Browse hundreds of Cookies & Bars recipes!

2011 Essay Contest

“My Best Original Money-Saving Habit”
In 200 words or less, please tell us about your best money-saving practice. Cash prizes! Deadline: January 28, 2011.
See contest page.

Now majestic December bends,
In flakes, o’er hills and dales descend;
With icicles his head is bound,
The tempest breaks—winds bellow round.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac (1795)


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