Folklore

Seven Strange Facts about Christmas

by Seasonal Wisdom on December 20, 2015

churchat Christmas  - beaucon flickrChristmas may be one of America’s favorite holidays, but it’s rather surprising how little we tend to know about the day.

Not convinced?  Here are seven of the strangest and most surprising facts about this popular holiday. Photo by Beaucon/Flickr Creative Commons  Read the full article →

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Connect with Nature, Even in Winter

by Seasonal Wisdom on November 23, 2015

A walk in snowThe cold weather season is upon us. But that doesn’t mean you need to cut yourself off from nature now, even if there is a foot of snow on the ground. From the foods you select to the activities you plan, you can retain your connection to Mother Nature. Here are five easy ways to keep you thriving in late fall and winter, even when the temperatures drop to freezing.

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Happy Spring!

March 16, 2015

We’re celebrating the start of spring at Seasonal Wisdom with fun garden tips, seasonal recipes and old folklore.  “Spring would not be spring without bird songs,” said Frances M. Chapman.  We agree!  Singing birds, flowering trees, baby rabbits, tender lettuces, sweet peas and so much more… Here are some of Seasonal Wisdom’s favorite resources for […]

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Spring Garden Guide

March 10, 2014
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Spring is right around the corner.  I know it’s hard to believe in some parts of the country. But it’s not too soon to start sowing seeds for spring and summer food harvests … or at least, thinking about what you might want to plant when the soil finally thaws. To get your garden off […]

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The Beauty of Snow in Images and Quotes

January 28, 2014
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“Is it snowing where you are? All the world that I see from my tower is draped in white and the flakes are coming down as big as pop-corns,” writes Jean Webster in the 1912 novel Daddy Long-Legs. In honor of this extra-snowy winter—when even the South is seeing plenty of white stuff—Seasonal Wisdom dedicates […]

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Full Moon Names of the Year

January 15, 2014
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Over the centuries, cultures around the world have given specific full moon names for each month.  These full moon names tell us much about the way these early cultures set schedules for hunting, planting and harvesting. They also explain how plants, animals and weather patterns typically behave during a particular month.  Photo courtesy FrenchFinds.co.uk/Flickr. In […]

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The Firewood Poem

January 8, 2014
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When burning a proper fire, the types of woods you use matter a great deal. Which firewoods burn best? The Firewood Poem by Lady Celia Congreve gives helpful advice on this topic. This poem was believed to be first published in the Times on March 2, 1930, but it mentions old folklore and shares knowledge that dates […]

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Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2013

From our house to yours, our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season — and a great start in 2014.  As the old weather proverb advises, “If Christmas day be bright and clear, they’ll be two winters in the year.” Stay warm and cozy wherever you are. For more holiday folklore, history, vintage cards and […]

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An Edible Seasonal Tablescape

December 10, 2013
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This edible seasonal tablescape was specially created by Nell Foster of Joy Us garden. The talented book author and professional decorator agreed to share her secrets with Seasonal Wisdom readers, so you can create this beautiful table decoration yourself this holiday season. On this project, Nell brings along the professional decorating skills she garnered while […]

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Happy Vintage Halloween

October 30, 2013
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To all the Seasonal Wisdom readers out there … Happy Vintage Halloween! This autumnal holiday is one of our favorites, particularly all the strange and wonderful Halloween superstitions, folklore and strange facts. Come join us as we look back at this popular holiday, whose history is stranger than fiction. All these vintage Halloween cards are […]

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