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Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Giving Thanks

Tomorrow is the official holiday for giving thanks. Originally the holiday was created as a way show gratitude for the bounty of the season. Today we sometimes forget how fortunate we are that fresh food is so readily available. You need more potatoes, head to the store. Out of milk? Pick some up on the way home. This Thanksgiving let’s thanks the farmers who work long, hard hours to make sure we have fresh food on our tables.

Here at the Farmers’ Almanac we’d like to extend our thanks to you for visiting our web site, buying and reading the Farmers’ Almanac, and for being a fan of a publication that has been around since 1818.

We know you are probably busy packing, traveling, cleaning or baking, but we’d like to remind you to take a few minutes out of your preparations to appreciate all that you have. It’s easy to get caught up in the negative news that we hear constantly or in the bad news of the economy, but let’s take one day out of the year to give thanks for all that we do have and can enjoy.

The holiday season is also a great time to remember those who don’t have as many things to give thanks for as we do. It’s a time of year we see people go out of their way to help people less fortunate. We’d like to thank all of you who go out of your way to volunteer or donate resources for people who are in need.

Remember – your meal and house don’t have to be perfect (perfection is boring). One of my fondest memories of Thanksgiving is when my Grandmother threw a potato across the table down to my sister. I’m sure throwing potatoes is not on the best manners police list, but it did create a fond memory.

What are you thankful for? Share your thoughts here.

Enjoy your holiday tomorrow. Safe travels and happy thanks-giving.

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If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.