Myrrh is a large shrub or small tree that grows in the Middle East--Ethiopia and Somalia. A pale yellow oil drips from cuts in its dull gray bark and hardens to form teardrop-shaped nuggets of myrrh, which are powdered for use as a healing herb.
Plant grass seed in a clay pot on December 1 then watch it grow. On Christmas Eve set the grass by the chimney so Santa can “feed” his reindeer friends.
On average snowflakes fall from the sky at 3-4 miles per hour.
Protect shrubs such as junipers and arborvitaes from breaking under heavy snow by tying stems together with twine. Carefully remove heavy snow with a broom.
Water houseplants less and withhold fertilizer this time of year.
Mistletoe symbolizes peace and joy. The Druids deemed that whenever enemies met under it they had to lay down their arms and observe a truce until the next day.
The Indianapolis Colts were the first team in NFL history to win 12 or more games in five consecutive years. The Colts were also the first NFL team to have cheerleaders.
Humus—organic material in advanced stage of decay.
For a golden crust on your berry pies, brush the top with milk before putting in the oven.
Cut holiday greenery a day before use and condition by trimming lower leaves, cutting stems on a long diagonal, crushing woody branches, and plunging the plants into a deep bucket of warm water overnight.
Female turkeys (called hens) do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble.
To force spring-flowering bulbs into bloom indoors, plant with tips exposed. Moisten soil and refrigerate 10 to 13 weeks. Transfer to cool, sunny location and allow an additional three to four weeks for blooming. Once they bloom, put them in the sun during the day and keep them cool at night to make blooms last longer. After blooming, water and fertilize them, then plant outside after the weather settles.
According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard is when snow or blowing snow reduces visibility to under ¼ mile with sustained wind of 35 mph or greater for a duration of 3 hours.
The average person spends 6 months of their lifetime waiting on a red light to turn green.
Trim any trees or shrubs that touch the house. Rake debris away from side of house and other structures.
Alberta clipper: a quick-moving winter storm that moves from Alberta, Canada, through the northern Plains or the United States and into the upper Midwest and the Northeast.
After Thanksgiving in 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey (260 tons) that they packaged it in aluminum pans with other sides like sweet potatoes—and the first TV dinner was born.
You burn more calories trying to stay warm—up to 400 calories an hour shivering.
Your favorite holiday foods may cause indigestion, bloating and general discomfort. Try the following spices to ease your pain—ginger, coriander, cumin, mint and fennel.
Approximately 10-20% of U.S. power outages are caused by squirrels chewing through wires.