Celebrate Fun January Holidays Instead of New Year's Resolutions

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Redeeming the Time

Many people do not need another failure - especially at the beginning of a new year that is supposed to be about hope.

With such an emphasis on Continuous Improvement in business spilling nover into education and life since the 1990s, broken New Year's resolutions seem even more wasteful and needlessly time-consuming.

Why don't we celebrate some winter holidays to make us smile in mid-January - especially where the snow is a foot or two deep and shoveling makes us frown?.

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Light Up the Night

Some households have an artificial Christmas tree in their homes all year long, decorated in different colors for each season and/or every holiday they celebrate in the year. This includes hearts for Valentine's Day, Shamrocks for St. Patrick's, Day, flowers for spring, artificial vegetables and fruits for harvest time, etc.

I have seen smaller table top sized trees in December and January, the standard tall tree, and even artificial trees hung upside down from the ceiling. I know that Christmas Trees are controversial for some revelers, harking back to non-Christian traditions, but they are trees and can represent them anything we want them to be. In parts of Europe and Russia, New Year's trees are the favorite decoration, strung with lights and hung with favorite ornaments in late December and January..

Some American families use a favorite house plant and decorate that for the winter holidays or Christmas. They use a Norfolk Island Pine in any size, rubber trees, and several other types of sturdy plants, stringing lights and ornaments on them. Some people keep a few strings of white lights in their gardens or across a fence all year long.

Downtown Worthington OH is on the National Register of Historic Places. The city and its merchants use outdoor white lights along High Street all year. The trees ar lit each night.
Downtown Worthington OH is on the National Register of Historic Places. The city and its merchants use outdoor white lights along High Street all year. The trees ar lit each night. | Source
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When the Lights Go Out

The sudden and complete absence of lights and decorations on a residential street and along business districts can be devastating.A large shopping center in the north of our city formerly displayed small white lights on the rows of trees lining the entrance street and sidewalks. One of the businesses had furnished the lights and power and when it moved out, so did the lights! The center is not as happy a place anymore.

IN order to prevent all of this is one reason that Downtown Worthington, Ohio uses white lights in the trees on the sideways for several blocks all year.

This is attractive and brings people out to walk together when the late afternoons become dark sooner than the residents like. The lights also bring people to the library for their free concerts on Fridays and to local coffee shops.

Although it sounds odd, actor Kirk Cameron equates the Christmas or New Year's Tree with the wooden lampstands hung with lights in the First Temple described in the Book of Genesis. Regardless, the tree can represent anything we want to remember.

January Holidays

I find that most Americans do not celebrate Twelfth Night, which extends Christmas from December 25th to January 6; although, some celebrate the Orthodox Christmas on that date in January.

In New Orleans, Twelfth Night is the beginning of weekly parties and formal balls held in preparation for Mardi Gras in February. Church services add to the festivities all through these winter months and Thanksgiving through mid-February is a long time celebration. .

If you don't celebrate Twelfth Night and parties leading up to Mardi Gras, then some of the following holidays might be to your liking.

Pillowcases For Good Fortune

Foodie Holiday

January 24 presents national holidays to honor several things: peanut butter, Eskimo Pies and beer cans. Do beer, peanut butter, and ice cream go together?

January as a month is National Soup Month and Slow Cooking Month.

Poster by David Helton in WMMS Exit Magazine in Cleveland OH in January 1975. The poster was actually not connected to the Buzzard Festival.
Poster by David Helton in WMMS Exit Magazine in Cleveland OH in January 1975. The poster was actually not connected to the Buzzard Festival.

January Events and Celebrations

January 1 - New Year's Day. Many houses of worship celebrate the day with musical concerts, services, and meals.

Some traditions including eating pork, making pillowcases, and working part of the day to ensure good luck in keeping your hob for the rest of the year. January 1 is also First Foot Day and a good day for a party.

According to Scottish tradition, the First Footer is a dark haired man and is first to enter your home on New Years Day. He brings presents that can include bread, cheeses, coal, and whiskey for a party. Have a party and arrange a ceremony of some sort for the minute the First Footer enters.

January 3 - Throw Out the Fruitcake Day. This is another good party day. Good fruitcakes exist, but plenty of bad ones give them all a poor reputation. Throw out the cakes at the start of your party - a bonfire would be good, if allowed in your community. Roast marshmallows in the snow. This could become a community event.

This is also the Festival of Sleep Day. You could take a nap or buy a new mattress at the annual mattress and bedding sales. Have a pajama party.

January 4 - National Trivia Day. Have a trivia party and play games that require knowledge of trivia, authors of famous quotations, and other material.

January 8 - National Bubble Bath Day. This might be the perfect day for a hot tub party. A bubble bath exchange gift party would be fin as well. A bubble machine is fun, but bottles of kids' bubbles will do.

January 14 - National Dress up Your Pet Day. It's time for a pet party or parade. On January 17, many churches hold the Blessing of the Animals, but some hold off until springtime for good weather.

January 15 - National Hat Day. Some city organizations hold "hat luncheons", where ladies, and men as well, wear their favorite hats and enjoy a fashon show.

January 17 - K.I.D.: Kid Inventors Day. Philo Farnsworth created a design for a television when he was only 14. He patented it in 1927 at age 21. Half a million children and teenagers create useful inventions and games every year. Perhaps your local schools hold an inventors day. If not, suggest one. Encourage the kids to create.

About January 15 - 17, the Hinckley Buzzard Festival occurs in Medina County, Ohio. Turkey vulture (buzzards) return to the state after wintering Down South. I've attended this activity a few times and have found the people very welcoming.

January 19 - National Popcorn Day. Try a different flavor of popcorn this year.

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January 22 - National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day.

The Internet is full of cats. Icanhas.cheezburger.com is one of the best for captioned photos and Cute Overload offers more. The Cat Channel has a list of questions that are very important, but you might come up with some of your own and write a Hub about them!

Then there's Simon's Cat.


Christmas Presence

January 23 - Anniversary of the Frisbee by Wham-O! The inventor sold his rights to the toy company, but the empty pie pans of a New England pie company were already used as flying disc toys during WWII and maybe before that. A Frisbee party at the dog park would be good -- If it's snowing, use neon color of Frisbees.

January 28 - National Kazoo Day. Invented by an American, played in America, and called the Most Democratic Instrument in the land. Probably mostly made in China, except in Beaufort, South Carolina at the Kazoo Factory and Museum.

An American organization, Kazoo America, has been lobbying for the kazoo to become Americ's national instrument. Would that make its citizens seem less cool, though? Have a kazoo party, incuding a march around the neighborhood with your kazoos.

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January 31 - National Popcorn Day - Again.

It seems that the holiday is celebrated on two different dates, depending on the part of the country it's located.

Did you receive a popcorn maker for Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hannukah? Celebrate twice in January.

If you are careful with the toppings and want to lose weight, you've started with popcorn added to your diet - and no broken weight-loss resolutions in January!

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Comments 14 comments

ElleBee 2 years ago

Very interesting. In my area (MA) there is a large Hispanic population and so January 6th is definitely a big day of Three Kings Day celebrations. One of the local school districts even cancels school for the day.


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Crystal Tatum 2 years ago from Georgia

A very entertaining read. I'm all over National Bubblebath and National Popcorn days! Definitely worth celebrating! Voting up and more.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

ElleBee - Thanks for that information, because I know very little about Three Kings Day. I want to find out more, now.

Crystal Tatum - I think these can be really a lot of fun holidays and am glad you like some of them!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Interesting January Holidays, which I had never heard of. I think I'll try the Festival of Sleep Day. I also like the gesture by the downtown Ohio merchants. Good information and an interesting read!


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someonewhoknows 2 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

I cast my vote! For "National Roast -The Worst Politician Day"

There should be a lot of interest in that!


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@MsDora - Have fun with the Festival of Sleep! Sounds like good material for a Hub and a time to catch up on rest.

@someonewhoknows - Yes, we definitely need that.


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Random holidays are so much fun! Thanks for putting together this neat resource. I like the idea of celebrating little holidays in lieu of making New Year's resolutions.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Me too - I tired of everyine being depressed about broken resolutions. :)


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CatherineGiordano 21 months ago from Orlando Florida

Very clever and fun. I think you might have invented a few of those holidays, but why not. the world needs more fun. I have to take exception to one thing tho. don't burn the fruitcakes. Collect the fruitcakes and bring them to a church that feeds the homeless. I bet there are many at a "soup kitchen" that would be glad to have some fruitcake. (I happen to like fruitcake, even bad fruitcake, but seldom eat it because it has so many calories. On the plus side it is full of fruit and nuts, very healthy foods.) Just thought of this. Collect all the stuff that people get in gift baskets, but don't want to eat and donate it all. What a fun idea for a party.


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Patty Inglish, MS 21 months ago from North America Author

If I made them up, then I demand royalties! -- Good idea to donate some of these food gifts! I like the light fruitcakes that are mostly fruit and nuts with just enough moist cake to hold them together.

Have you seen the bright orange Frisbees to use in the snow on January 23? The stores bring them out every December here for gift giving.


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CatherineGiordano 21 months ago from Orlando Florida

I live in Orlando Florida. No snow. There really is a "throw out the fruitcake day. Who knew? I used to make a really good fruitcake using dried fruits and maple syrup. No candied fruits.


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Patty Inglish, MS 21 months ago from North America Author

That sounds like a really good tasting fruitcake! I need to look up a recipe for that.


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CatherineGiordano 21 months ago from Orlando Florida

Maybe I'll put it into a hub next fall.


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Patty Inglish, MS 21 months ago from North America Author

That would be wonderful!

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