Calendar Folklore

calendar on wall

Granny’s got so stooped over she can no longer reach up to do a lot of things. As I flipped the month on her calendar the other day for her I thought of an old piece of folklore.

“Don’t ever change the calendar until the month actually changes or you’ll have bad luck.”

I thought “Well Granny sure don’t have to worry about breaking that rule anymore.” By the time I notice her calendar needs to be turned over a good week or more of the month has passed.

Our favorite calendar to use comes from a local funeral home. It has zodiac signs listed on each day along with the time of sunrise, sunset, and moon rise. One of my friends works part-time at the funeral home and she always saves me two calendars. One for me and one for Granny 🙂


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    February 22, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    I love these calendar’s, we go by sign’s to plant by. Always!

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    Leslie Haynie
    February 22, 2020 at 1:05 am

    That’s the same as I get from the seed & feed store down here.
    Wouldn’t seem right to start the new year without one.

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    Wanda Devers
    February 21, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Just like the ones I remember from childhood!! I really hadn’t noticed that they were becoming scarce.

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    Ken Roper
    February 21, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Ennis Hardware is where I use to get Calendars. They went out of Business late last year, so I guess I’ll have to get mine at the Funeral Home too. I haven’t checked with Townson-Rose Funeral Home in several years. I imagine they still have them. …Ken

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    Melissa P. (Misplaced Southerner)
    February 21, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Good gracious! I STILL do not turn a calendar page over until the month changes, and I have THREE calendars sitting in front of me as I type. That doesn’t include the calendars on my phone and my computer. With so many deadlines at work, at least one is a necessity. The other two are more for entertainment. One is a page a day with birds, and the other is a perpetual one that has no year – only month, day, date with photos of my dogs.

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    February 21, 2020 at 11:12 am

    I love that calendar, and never see them anymore. I try to use the signs for Kraut making, and need to use them for my haircuts. I am amazed how the younger generation don’t seem to need a calendar nor a watch. When I ask about this or that regarding marking appointments or keeping up with time or date they just tell me its in their smart phone. Well, this ole lady has a smart phone too, but I like my watch, and I like a calendar to see the date. I also keep a planner on hand to keep track of all future business. It even has important things like when I should call and inquire about getting lab work done, or when seeds come in at Farm and Bureau 🙂 I have an address book with phone numbers, addresses, and passwords. All that clutter, and its on their cellphone or laptop. When they misplace their cell phone they lose their entire brain–panic. My house would have to burn down for me to lose mine, but then I have a back up in my safety deposit box on most things including flash drives. I like the best of both worlds, but really prefer the old ways with the calendars. Actually, I just really love the way Granny does things, and I bet she always takes time to chat with those lovey girls.

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    Garland Davis
    February 21, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Over the fifty-five years we have been together, my wife and I have had a number of Japanese dogs. We’ve had an Akita, a Shikoku, and four Shibas. We always get a calendar with Japanese dogs pictured. Costs about $16. The Fleet Reserve Association sends a free calendar each year that pictures ships and submarines or other member related subjects. I used to mark the calendars up with appointments etc. Now I list everything on the computer and seldom even look at the calendar other than to admire the picture of the current month’s dog or ship

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    Ed Ammons
    February 21, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Grammaw always had a calendar like that. One time I stopped by her house and visited for a while. When I got up to go she asked me where I was going. I told her I was going fishing. She consulted her calendar and announced “You ain’t gonna catch anything!” I said, “I know that but I’m going anyway.” “You get out of my house you little S___!”

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    February 21, 2020 at 9:49 am

    When I was in the Army, we had a unique calendar that, along with the traditional date, it also included a Julian date. I now enjoy the calendar I get from Magnificat. Each month features a beautiful art and each day includes a scriptural quote and identify’s the feast day and or Holy Days of Obligation…

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    February 21, 2020 at 8:56 am

    The only place to find those calendars around here is a funeral home out in Bardstown. I have often wondered if they get a lot of request for them or if the younger generation even wants them. I use mine to check the best fishing dates.

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    Ed Karshner
    February 21, 2020 at 8:48 am

    I love the Almanac Calendars. Growing up, we always had one from the power company or the car dealer we went to. Lately, I’ve been ordering them online from Mast General Store. I usually get one for me, one for my parents, and one for my uncle.

    They keep you on track on multiple levels!

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    Ron Stephens
    February 21, 2020 at 8:13 am

    From time to time I wish I had a plain old paper calendar I could write on. The fact is I’ve never found a system that really works well for my wants.

    Your picture looks much like the calendar my Grandma kept her squirrel tally on. I remember it was in two colors; red and black. I’m not sure about the sunrise, sunset, moon phase etc data. Seems like there was at least some of that.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 21, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Tip, those calendars with the signs on them are hard to come by these days. Even a few years ago I had to search to find one. Fewer and fewer people make a garden and process food any more. I don’t do very much now, come to think about it.
    I always found the process of preserving fresh vegetables to be very rewarding.
    Not only is a calendar with the signs on it hard to find, people who know how to use those signs are very rare also. The old people did everything by the signs! From when it was favorable to cut your hair if you wanted it to grow fast, or slow, to when to when to plant seeds in the garden.
    Now most folks who garden do their planting when it’s convenient rather than stopping to find out when the time is best for their seeds.

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    Janet Smart
    February 21, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Everyone around here loves the Farmers Almanac calendars too.

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    Sheryl Paul
    February 21, 2020 at 7:20 am

    I like calendsrs that have that info too. I have jad to start ordering one as those here don’t even tell you the full moon dates

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    February 21, 2020 at 5:36 am

    That picture was like a flashback, Tipper – it looks exactly like the calendar we had in our house every year when I was growing up! It may have been from an insurance company but I don’t remember for certain. I do remember how surprised I was to find out there were calendars with empty boxes to write in!

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