The 2017 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac takes a look back at 200 editions worth of archived advice and finds material that is clever, forward-thinking, and occasionally very strange, including:
- The Art of Kissing (1896): Don’t be in a hurry! Don’t be afraid! “The nerves dance…the heart forgets all bitterness, and the incomparable art of kissing is learned.” Swoon. (Page 114.)
- How to Quiet a Fussy Child (1878): Involves molasses and feathers. You won’t believe it, but you might be tempted to try it. Let us know how it goes. (Page 23)
And according to the special edition, here’s a look at what’s coming for next year:
- Winter is Coming! Will entire cities turn into frozen armies of White Walkers? Is this the year you should splurge on a snow blower or a trip south during February? (Page 49)
- From the country to the city, chicken lovers are raising happy cluckers with help from Farmers’ Almanac. What should you feed your hens? Do you need a rooster to get eggs? And eggsactly (sorry) how many eggs can you expect to collect every week? (Page 36)
- 5 Unusually Intriguing Places To Stay Overnight In Quebec. Check out some very unique and enjoyable places in Quebec that may help you get in tune with nature and serve as memorable night away. The list not includes a hotel but also lodges, cabins, teepees, and yurts. (Page 24)
- Legend, Lore, and Power of Sweetgrass. Sweetgrass is a sacred indigenous medicine that grows very tall, is quite coarse, and is typically braided, dried, and burned for smudging, prayer, and purification ceremonies. It’s an herb that brings positive energy such as love and gratitude, has a calming effect, and often represents teaching kindness to others. Learn more about this traditional and mysterious herb. (Page 99)
- 12 Old Wives’ Tales for Predicting the Gender of a Baby. Once upon a time, before ultrasounds and sonograms, parents had to wait until their baby entered the world to know if it was a boy or a girl. Of course, that didn’t stop people throughout history from wondering, guessing, predicting, and speculating about the sex of the child in utero. That’s why there are so many superstitions and old wives’ tales about how to predict a baby’s gender that have been passed down from generation to generation. We share some common — and a few lesser known — gender predicting wives’ tales. (Page 20)
- Plus tons of other fun, interesting, informative stories including a recipe contest, best days to fish, hunt, and go on diets, gardening by the Moon, and many more articles that help you plan your day and grow your life.
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