Strange Holidays in January

Getting Down to It

I started this series several years ago, and I have had trouble getting to all of the months of the year. I also seemed to have trouble doing them in any particular order. I am not sure why I started these out of order, but here we are, years later and finally getting to January. January is full of some strange and interesting monthly, weekly and daily celebrations. It's another busy month. Oh, and Happy New Year!!

January Is a Month For...

January is not just about New Year's Day. After all, we wouldn't want the peak of excitement to be on the very first day of the month. The weather is likely cold and unpleasant, and the charm that winter carries in December, doe not often carry over to the new year. So, having said that, here are some things to celebrate to take your mind off the dreary weather.

  • Apple & Apricots Month: Is this because they both start with 'A'? I like apples, but I'm not really an apricot fan. Do I have to eat both this month, or can I pick and choose? I think I will make an apple pie.
  • Artichoke & Asparagus Month: OK, this has to be because they all start with the letter 'A'! Again, I only like one of these. Maybe we should make some spinach and artichoke dip! That sounds yummy! I think I will make some for my next football party. Asparagus...I could live without.
  • Be Kind to Food Servers Month: Trust me, they deserve it...well, most of them do. Food servers put up with a lot of crap! They get blamed for the food being cooked wrong, for the wrong food being given. They don't make the food, just bring it to you. Cut them a little slack, not only this month, but every month!
  • California Dried Plum Digestive Month: Did I miss something? Aren't these just prunes? Did they think they could trick us by calling them dried plums? Nice try, California, but I'm on to you!!!
  • Get a Balanced Life Month: I am sure we could all use more balance in our lives. Maintaining balance between work, family, friends, personal time, etc. is incredibly stressful. Me, I need more literal balance. I am incredibly clumsy.
  • International Brain Teaser Month: I love brain teasers! I love puzzles! Get a book of brain teasers and get to work this month. Make a resolution to give your brain a workout as well as your body.
  • National Be On-Purpose Month: Does everything in your life seem like one giant accident? Well, change that this month, and be on-purpose. What that means to you, is up to you. Of course, you can't blame an accident, if you are doing things on purpose. Even better! Take responsibility for your life.
  • National Polka Music Month: I am not a fan of polka music, but I know that some people love it. Like Weird Al. He loves polka music. His polka songs are about the only polka music that I can tolerate. Aside from that, I think I can only name one polka song.
  • Oatmeal Month: January is a really good month for oatmeal. When the weather is cold, nothing is as satisfying as a warm bowl of oatmeal. It has been a favorite wintertime food in my family for years.
  • Self-Love Month: Uh oh...ummm...well...what can you say about this month without being inappropriate? You should love yourself all the time. As for the other connotation...well...that one is up to you. It's really none of my business.
  • Tubers and Dried Fruit Month: That is a strange combination. Tubers and dried fruit? Maybe you could make some sweet potato casserole, and add in some raisins? I don't see anything else that really seems to work for this.
  • National Radon Action Month: Radon is bad. I know that much. Get your home tested for radon. I guess this is a useful event, even if it seems a little strange. Radon causes lung cancer, so it's pretty important.

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Happy New Year!!!!Yummy green apples--wikimedia commonssalad with artichoke hearts and asparagus--wikimedia commonsBe nice to them...they have a tough jobYuck
Happy New Year!!!!
Happy New Year!!!!
Yummy green apples--wikimedia commons
Yummy green apples--wikimedia commons
salad with artichoke hearts and asparagus--wikimedia commons
salad with artichoke hearts and asparagus--wikimedia commons
Be nice to them...they have a tough job
Be nice to them...they have a tough job
Yuck
Yuck

Polka Face by Weird Al

It would be a shame to keep all these record albums silent--Wikimedia Commons
It would be a shame to keep all these record albums silent--Wikimedia Commons
Right above her right hand is her cake pop flying away. Someday we will laugh about it. That wasn't the day-photo by AMB
Right above her right hand is her cake pop flying away. Someday we will laugh about it. That wasn't the day-photo by AMB
Happy Birthday, Elvis!!!
Happy Birthday, Elvis!!!
Clean out your inbox!!!
Clean out your inbox!!!
This is why I love meat!! Filet mignon wrapped in bacon!!!
This is why I love meat!! Filet mignon wrapped in bacon!!!

What Are We Doing This Week?

Each week in January brings a new and interesting thing to celebrate! This week has a few less than I found in March, but it still has a little something to celebrate each week of the month. I hope you find something that you want to celebrate!

  • Diet Resolution Week (1-7): Well, this one is no surprise. We all make those New Year's resolutions to diet, get in shape, lose weight, etc. Most of them last about as long as this week. Make your goals manageable, and you will have more success. Instead of totally switching your diet, cut out one can of soda, then work from there. Next cut out that second helping of bacon. Little goals are easier to attain than a huge change to your diet.
  • Silent Record Week (1-7): Ummm...what is the point of a silent record? I have a record player that is broken. If I put a record on it, does that count? Maybe they are telling us not to listen to music. Not going to happen. I love music!
  • Someday We'll Laugh About This Week (2-8): Did you do something incredibly embarrassing on New Year's Eve? Someday, you will laugh about it. Most of us will laugh about it right now, though. Sorry, buddy!
  • International 3-D Week (7-10): I love 3-D movies! They have gotten so much better than back when they were big in the 1980s. Those were terrible! 3-D has become almost the norm. 3-D televisions are making their way into people's homes, and almost every new movie that comes out is in 3-D. Take in a 3-D movie this week. I can't afford a 3-D TV, so that's what I will be doing.
  • Elvis' Birthday Celebration Week (8-11): I guess Elvis deserves a whole week of celebration for his birthday. Why didn't I think of that? I should get a whole week, too. I get one day. I feel like I have been ripped off. Thanks, Elvis!!
  • Universal Letter Writing Week (8-14): Another one of those universal celebrations! Write a letter to your alien pen pal! Write a letter to the universe, or at least Universal Studios. Neither which is likely to write you back.
  • National Soccer Coaches of America Week (15-19): Sorry, all you "football" coaches around the world. This is only for American soccer coaches. It seems so unfair! I am sorry. I didn't make the day. I would include you if I could, but my hands are tied.
  • National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week (17-23): Get a juicer and make your own fresh squeezed juice this week! I love fresh juice! Why don't I have a juicer? I have a blender. It's not the same. Juice is good for you, and making your own is so much better for you than buying juice from the store.
  • Clean Out Your Inbox Week (19-25): In other words, get back to work!!! Whether it is the inbox on your desk, or your email inbox, clean them out this week. I know I need to do this. I have a stack of papers waiting to be filed. OK, so it's several stacks of papers.
  • Hunt For Happiness Week (19-25): You shouldn't have to hunt for happiness. It isn't some elusive prey, hiding in the woods. Just stop what you are doing and look around you. It's all around you if you look hard enough. Happy hunting!
  • National Handwriting Analysis Week (19-25): What does your handwriting say about you? Have you always wondered? This is the week to find out. The hard part will be finding someone who does handwriting analysis. Find one, and learn more about yourself.
  • No Name Calling Week (20-24): I hate to call names, but this week is a liar. It isn't even a whole week...it's only five days. Just sayin'. This is a good one to get your kids in on. Let's see if they can go a whole week without calling anyone names. It might be tough.
  • Meat Week (26-2/1): Yummy, yummy meat! A food well deserving of it's own week, maybe even it's own month. Celebrate with some delicious steak or some pork chops. For all the vegetarians out there, sorry, this week isn't for you. Maybe you can eat some of those fake meat products you seem to like so much.
  • National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week (27-2/1): I swear we already had one of these. I can't remember which month it was. How popular could cowboy poetry be to deserve even two celebrations? And to actually have a gathering? Where do they gather? I picture the plateaus of New Mexico at sunset.

This means don't steal my work!! I mean it!
This means don't steal my work!! I mean it!
Marriage, the ultimate sign of commitment...or at least it used to be
Marriage, the ultimate sign of commitment...or at least it used to be
Ellis Island. A beacon of hope for so many
Ellis Island. A beacon of hope for so many
So, which one is the first foot and which one is the second?
So, which one is the first foot and which one is the second?
We love Cosmic Bowling-wikimedia commons
We love Cosmic Bowling-wikimedia commons

I Can't Drive 55 by Sammy Hagar

All that food...just sitting there for who knows how long...
All that food...just sitting there for who knows how long...

Bette Midler: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

A cup of colorful drinking straws--Wikimedia Commons
A cup of colorful drinking straws--Wikimedia Commons
Sleep like a baby is such a misnomer...babies wake up every few hours...who would want that?
Sleep like a baby is such a misnomer...babies wake up every few hours...who would want that?
Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb
Bozo the Clown!--wikimedia commons
Bozo the Clown!--wikimedia commons
At least you don't have this many people staring at you when you weigh yourself!
At least you don't have this many people staring at you when you weigh yourself!

We're Not Gonna Take It...

I'm pretty sure that this rock is old.--wikimedia commons
I'm pretty sure that this rock is old.--wikimedia commons
Hipster rocking some argyle socks.--wikimedia commons
Hipster rocking some argyle socks.--wikimedia commons
Germs grown in culture.--wikimedia commons
Germs grown in culture.--wikimedia commons
Great demonstration to teach kids about static electricity.--wikimedia commons
Great demonstration to teach kids about static electricity.--wikimedia commons
They are beautiful when they are all up in the air like that.--wikimedia commons
They are beautiful when they are all up in the air like that.--wikimedia commons
Strange looking energy saving LED bulb--wikimedia commons
Strange looking energy saving LED bulb--wikimedia commons
Is that a trebuchet??
Is that a trebuchet??
Jumping in puddles is fun!--Wikimedia commons
Jumping in puddles is fun!--Wikimedia commons
Helpful pharmacist--wikimedia commons
Helpful pharmacist--wikimedia commons

Teach Your Children Good Handwriting

Rubber Duckie!!

This is just wrong...
This is just wrong...

Some Poetry to Share at Work

This place cares little for its customers.--wikimedia commons
This place cares little for its customers.--wikimedia commons
This is kind of what I meant. A jar of nothing.--wikimedia commons
This is kind of what I meant. A jar of nothing.--wikimedia commons
Painting depicting Judgement Day--wikimedia commons
Painting depicting Judgement Day--wikimedia commons
Old tin cans--wikimedia commons
Old tin cans--wikimedia commons
Hermione brewing a potion
Hermione brewing a potion
Camcorder--wikimedia commons
Camcorder--wikimedia commons
Cute baby penguin--wikimedia commons
Cute baby penguin--wikimedia commons
Awesome hug!!--wikimedia commons
Awesome hug!!--wikimedia commons
It's hard to tell, but this entire shed is built out of beer cans.--wikimedia commons
It's hard to tell, but this entire shed is built out of beer cans.--wikimedia commons
Fat Buddha knew how to belly laugh!-wikimedia commons
Fat Buddha knew how to belly laugh!-wikimedia commons
A fancy rat is still a rat.--wikimedia commons
A fancy rat is still a rat.--wikimedia commons

For Growing Those Seeds

Quilting Supplies--wikimedia commons
Quilting Supplies--wikimedia commons
This day has nothing to do with Mr. Toad, or his Wild Ride--wikimedia commons
This day has nothing to do with Mr. Toad, or his Wild Ride--wikimedia commons
Yes, this person is wearing a dress made out of bubble wrap...--wikimedia commons
Yes, this person is wearing a dress made out of bubble wrap...--wikimedia commons
People had strange ideas of what was considered entertainment--wikimedia commons
People had strange ideas of what was considered entertainment--wikimedia commons

Grumpy Old Men

A Daily Dose of Strange

The new year brings a new crop of funny and strange holidays for every day of the month. If you are looking for something to celebrate once the haze of the New Year's celebration has worn off, look no further. There are a lot of great holidays in January that will give you something interesting to look forward to every day of the month.

  • 1st: Copyright Law Day: Have you got some copyright issues to deal with? Do you have DMCA complaints to file? Spend your New Year's Day taking care of that, and get the year off to a good start.
  • 1st: Commitment Day: I wonder what they mean by commitment? I know some people who should be committed. Is that the same thing? Probably not. I bet it has more to do with keeping your commitments to all those New Year's resolutions that you make every year.
  • 1st: Ellis Island Day: Celebrate the place that so many of the immigrants came through to get to this great country. I know my great-great grandparents came through Ellis Island from Ireland a long, long time ago.
  • 1st: First Foot Day: Which one is my first foot, and which is the second? I am pretty sure they both grew at about the same time. Do I just get to pick which one I think should be the first?
  • 1st: Z Day: Maybe this day has to do with zombies...like World War Z. Maybe it has something to do with my friend, who's nickname is Z because his last name is too long and hard to pronounce. Or maybe it's just about the letter. Remember Sesame Street, where every episode was brought to you by a letter or two and a number? Well, January 1st is brought to you by the letter Z and the number 1.
  • 1st: Bad Hangover Day: Well, this one is pretty obvious. This is usually one of the worst hangover days for anyone out there. If only this were the only day we could get one, that would be wonderful.
  • 1st: US Bowling Day: I love bowling as much as the next person, but I don't know that it deserves it's own day, but then again...Take the family out bowling today, but wait until your hangover is under control. All that noise would be torture.
  • 2nd: 55-MPH Speed Limit Day: There are a lot of people who were really unhappy when this was started. Sammy Hagar even wrote a song about it. He was that mad! Make sure you drive the speed limit today!!
  • 2nd: Happy Mew Year for Cats Day: All the crazy cat ladies are probably responsible for this day! Of course cats need their own New Year celebration. What kind of idiot doesn't know that?
  • 2nd: National Buffet Day: Golden Corral here I come!! Kidding. Buffet just isn't my thing! Head out to your favorite buffet and stuff your face! After all the holiday eating, what's a few more hundred calories?
  • 2nd: National Motivation and Inspiration Day: Well, this kind of goes against the last one, if you are talking about all those New Year's resolutions to get in shape and lose weight. I know all of us need motivation and inspiration to stay on the right track.
  • 2nd: National Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Day: A whole day to celebrate one song...it's a great song, don't get me wrong, but a whole day? The song is only a few minutes long, so how many times would you have to listen to it if you played it non-stop, all day long?
  • 2nd: Personal Trainer Awareness Day: Oh, I am sure we are all painfully aware of personal trainers, and I mean that literally. They cause us so much pain in the name of fitness.
  • 3rd: Drinking Straw Day: Drink everything through a straw today; your morning coffee, a nice glass of milk, your evening beer or glass of wine. Remember when you were a kid, and you always wanted to drink from a straw? Live like a kid for the day, at least a little bit.
  • 3rd: J.R.R. Tolkien Day: Ahhhh...Tolkien...creator of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Read some Tolkien today, or watch all three Lord of the Rings movies. Nerds everywhere are ecstatic.
  • 3rd: National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day: Yummy!! Chocolate covered cherries are a favorite of mine! They are a weakness of mine. I force myself to only get some every once in a while.
  • 3rd: Women Rock! Day: Yes, yes they do! Women do rock! Celebrate all the awesome women in your life today!
  • 3rd: Festival of Sleep Day: Sleep is my favorite hobby. I don't get to do it enough, though. Take a nap in honor of today! I am sure we could all use a little more sleep. Celebrate sleep by getting a good night's rest.
  • 4th: Dimpled Chad Day: This one just made me giggle. A little silly bit of political history gets its own day. I have no idea how you would celebrate today.
  • 4th: Pop Music Chart Day: It's the Weekly Top 40 with Casey Kasem...or Ryan Seacrest. I hate Seacrest. So many great songs have topped the pop charts over the years. Listen to some classic hits today, and remember to good, old days.
  • 4th: Tom Thumb Day: Tom Thumb, the classic fairy tale character is honored today. He had many adventures, and has made appearances over the years in various forms. He is a well-known character.
  • 4th: Trivia Day: I love trivia!! Find a trivia contest in your town today, and show your knowledge of useless facts. Or challenge your friends to a game of Trivial Pursuit. My friends never want to play trivia games with me. I always win.
  • 4th: World Hypnotism Day: Do you know how to hypnotize people? Have you always wanted to learn? Today is the day. Hypnotize all your friends and make them do what you want. (Be careful, though, as this could be dangerous. Messing with someone's mind is risky.)
  • 5th: Bean Day: We all know the childish rhyme about beans, and their "musical" properties, so let's move on. Aside from that, they are very good for you. You should eat a good amount of beans. They are high in fiber, protein and contain vitamins and minerals.
  • 5th: Bird Day: I guess today is the day for things that start with "B". The 1st was brought to you by the letter "Z", and today is brought to you by the letter "B". Birds are fine, for the most part. Go birdwatching today, or sit on a park bench and feed the birds.
  • 5th: Bozo the Clown Day: "B" again! I loved Bozo growing up in Illinois. We loved to watch the Bozo the Clown show when we were kids. I wish it were still on, so that I could share it with my daughters. I don't think that they would get as big a kick out of it as I would though. Dress up like the classic clown today, and amuse (or scare) your kids!!
  • 6th: National Weigh-In Day: Uh, oh...it's been almost a whole week since the New Year. How are you doing on those resolutions? Take this weigh-in day as a jumping off point for your future success. Good luck!!!
  • 6th: National Smith Day: Smith is one of the most common last names! I can name numerous Smiths that I know. Today is the day to honor and celebrate all the Smiths that you know! That could take longer than a day. I suggest throwing them all one, big party!
  • 7th: Harlem Globetrotter's Day: Who doesn't love the Harlem Globetrotters? Even if you don't like basketball, you have to love the Globetrotters. They have been on Scooby Doo, for crying out loud! They are awesome!
  • 7th: I'm Not Going to Take it Anymore Day: All that is running through my head right now is that Twisted Sister song, We're Not Gonna Take It. I can't help it. Tell all those people that have been driving you nuts, treating you like crap, whatever, that you aren't going to take it anymore!
  • 7th: National Temura Day: MMMMMM...deep fried food! I love tempura! Now I want Japanese food! Head out for Japanese food today. I know I will be!
  • 7th: Old Rock Day: As opposed to a new rock? Aren't most rocks old? Or are they talking about rock music? Shouldn't it be classic rock day instead? Combine the ideas and throw old rocks at old rock albums. Don't use your dad's vintage vinyl collection, though. He will not appreciate it.
  • 8th: Argyle Day: I love argyle! Argyle socks, argyle sweaters...classy!! Rock some argyle today, and pay tribute to your Scottish roots, even if you don't have Scottish roots...it's ok,
  • 8th: Bubble Bath Day: YAY!!!! Such a happy day!! Enjoy a nice, relaxing bubble bath today!! I know I will! Bring on the Mr. Bubble!
  • 8th: Earth's Rotation Day: Let's honor the fact that our planet rotates. I don't exactly know what would happen if it stopped, but I am pretty sure it would be bad.
  • 8th: National Joy Germ Day: Are people really happy about germs? Who are these people, and why are they so happy about tiny, yucky germs that make people sick? Ugh...
  • 8th: Show & Tell Day at Work: Oh, now this sounds fun!! What are you going to bring into show and tell? Make sure it is something you would not be embarrassed by. Or maybe that is what you are going for...either way.
  • 9th: National Static Electricity Day: Now this day could be a lot of fun!! Kick off your shoes, drag your stocking feet across the carpet, and give your friends a good shock! How many of us did this as kids? Teach your kids about static electricity by teaching this fun trick to them, as well!
  • 9th: Word Nerd Day: Are you a 'word nerd'? Do you like to learn new words, and correct everyone on their spelling and grammar? This day is all about you. Oh, by the way, on behalf of all your friends, I will ask you to stop correcting them on every little spelling error; auto-correct is a pain in the butt.
  • 9th: Balloon Ascension Day: I am guessing this has something to do with the balloon festival in New Mexico, but then again, I could be wrong. Maybe you can celebrate by buying a bunch of balloons and a helium tank, blow up the balloons and release them all into the heavens. Who knows where they will end up.
  • 10th: National Cut Your Energy Costs Day: We could all use a little extra money. A great way to save money is to cut down on your energy usage. Look around your house, and see where you could save a little money. Turn up your thermostat, unplug things you don't use often, shut down your computers once is a while.
  • 10th: Peculiar People Day: I know that we all know a few of those. We all have that friend, co-worker, or family member that we would call peculiar. I know I can think of a few. Give those peculiar people a peculiar gift today.
  • 11th: Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day: Who even knows Morse Code anymore? Do they even teach it in Boy Scouts anymore? I doubt it. I guess you could check the internet to learn what your name is in Morse Code.
  • 11th: Fruitcake Toss Day: If that "delicious" fruitcake has survived until now, take it outside and make a game of it. Get your neighbors together, with their fruitcakes, and hold a competition to see who can toss their fruitcake the farthest!
  • 11th: Secret Pal Day: What is a secret pal? Is it like when you were a kid, and you were secret pals with that kid that no one liked, but she was your friend since pre-school, so you kept her as a secret friend? Or is it something more troublesome...like another name for your mistress?
  • 11th: Step In a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day: Well, that doesn't sound very nice, now does it? Why would you do that to your friend? Shame on you!!!
  • 12th: National Pharmacist Day: Ah, the pharmacists...where would we be without them? Still using strange, quack remedies? Getting our medications straight from the doctors?
  • 12th: National Handwriting Day: Good handwriting used to be taught in schools. They don't do that so much anymore. When I was a kid, we were told we had to learn cursive handwriting, because we would not be allowed to print. When I got to high school, we did most everything on the computer...so...yeah...
  • 13th: Public Radio Broadcasting Day: Is this a day for NPR? If that's the case, count me out. I don't even listen to the radio anymore; unless you count Pandora. Listen to some public radio today, and enjoy...
  • 13th: Rubber Duckie Day: Everyone has had a rubber duckie! My daughter has four, and she loves them! This reminds me of Sesame Street, and the rubber duckie song that Ernie sings. I love memories of childhood!
  • 14th: Caesarean Section Day: Why would anyone celebrate this??? Granted, a c-section can save the life of the baby or the mother in certain circumstances, but it isn't a fun thing, by any stretch of the imagination. They are painful! Imagine trying to get up and move around without using your stomach muscles...it isn't easy.
  • 14th: Dress Up Your Pet Day: NO!!!! Just NO!! If you do this, I hope you know that your pets hate it! Most of them do, anyway. And all these weird photos on the internet of people putting pantyhose on their dogs...shame on you!!!
  • 14th: National Poetry at Work Day: There is nothing poetic about work. Work is work. That is all.
  • 15th: Champion of the Month Day: Apparently, you can decide who the champion of the entire month is halfway through. Why isn't their one of these days every month? Wouldn't that make sense???
  • 16th: Appreciate a Dragon Day: I have never seen a real dragon, so I don't know what I appreciate about them. If you see dragons, maybe you know something I don't know...or maybe you just need help.
  • 16th: Get to Know Your Customers Day: Do you see the same faces fairly often? Get to know those people that are your regular customers. Learn a little about them, their families, etc. Make a connection with someone new. Who knows? You might make a new friend.
  • 16th: Nothing Day: A day for doing nothing? Perhaps. I saw the funniest thing the other day for all those people that say that they want "nothing" when you ask them what they want as a gift. It was a jar of nothing. I had to laugh. I am giving it to my grandmother for Christmas this year.
  • 17th: Women in Blue Jeans Day: This one seems a little creepy. Who came up with this? I love wearing jeans as much as the next girl, but do we need a holiday for it? I don't really think so. I wear jeans most days, unless I have to work. I'm not allowed to wear jeans to work.
  • 17th: Cable Car Day: Yes, let's have a holiday for an antiquated technology that no one uses anymore. Next, we will have an 8-track day, and then a day for disco balls.
  • 17th: International Fetish Day: OK, now this one is creepy. Do you have a particularly interesting fetish? Today is the day to celebrate it, but do it behind closed doors, please!!!
  • 17th: Judgement Day: Well, now we all know when it will be. Of course, no one ever said which year, so if it isn't this January 17th, keep checking back every year. I am sure it will happen on January 17th, at some point. Trust me, I know these things...
  • 18th: Pooh Day (as in Winnie the Pooh): Well, we cleared that up. I was starting to think Dr. Oz created his own holiday. He does talk about poop a lot. Nope, this is a day for Winnie the Pooh. I love Winnie the Pooh!!
  • 18th: Thesaurus Day: What is another word for boring?? I guess I should get a thesaurus. This might be a great gift for those word nerds we talked about earlier.
  • 19th: Popcorn Day: Yummy!! I love some hot, buttery popcorn! Pop some tasty popcorn today! Just make sure you share!!
  • 19th: Tin Can Day: I know my grandparents played kick the can, but I still have no idea what it is. Does anything still come in tin cans anymore? I don't know. I remember when collecting cans could get you a little bit of money, but that was aluminum, not tin.
  • 19th: New Friends Day: Who cares about your old friends? This day isn't about them. This day is for your new friends. Take your new co-worker out to lunch, have a drink with that girl from your gym that you recently became friends with.
  • 19th: Brew a Potion Day: I'm not a witch or wizard, or whatever, so I know nothing of brewing potions. The closest I have come is making a cocktail or brewing tea. Not even close to the same thing. If only things like spells and potions were real.
  • 20th: Camcorder Day: With the popularity of smartphones, everyone has a video recorder at their fingertips, and the camcorder has gone the way of the VHS player and the cassette tape. If you still have one, drag it out and show your kids what it was like in ancient times.
  • 20th: Penguin Awareness Day: I love penguins!!! They are so cute!! I even have a penguin tattoo. I think we are all pretty aware of penguins, though. If you want to learn more about penguins, I suggest checking out the new penguin exhibit at Sea World.
  • 20th: National Disc Jockey Day: DJ's are also going the way of the dinosaur. Some radio stations forgo the DJ, and just play more music. Some stations still have a fun morning crew to provide entertainment on the drive to work, but traditional radio is becoming less popular as internet radio, like Pandora and Spotify, become more popular.
  • 21st: National Hugging Day: We could all use a few more hugs every day! Hug your family, your friends, your boss, that strange looking guy who is always hanging out by the coffee shop. Stand on the street with a sign that says, "Free Hugs".
  • 21st: Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day: What a mouthful. It doesn't roll off the tongue, does it? I agree, fad diets and crazy gimmicks don't work. You may lose weight temporarily, but once you stop the diet, it comes back. It's all about changing your lifestyle, one small step at a time.
  • 21st: Squirrel Appreciation Day: I am sure a lot of people don't appreciate squirrels, especially when they keep raiding your bird feeders and eating your garden. They are so cute, though. Be nice to the squirrels today.
  • 22nd: Answer Your Cat's Questions Day: If your cat is asking you questions, you have bigger problems than I can help you with. Get help...now!!!
  • 22nd: National Polka Dot Day: I like polka dots a whole lot more than I like polka music. Wear something with polka dots today; a dress, shoes, a tie, whatever. Heck, paint your house with polka dots.
  • 23rd: National Handwriting Day: Wait one second...we did this already! Why are there two in the same month? I guess it must be that important.
  • 23rd: National Pie Day: Make a pie, eat a pie, share a pie, or throw a pie in someone's face. All of those sound like a lot of fun!!
  • 23rd: Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day: Right now, I am really glad I live in an area where it doesn't snow! I can just picture snowplows taking out mailboxes at random, just for the fun of it. I am guessing it's sort of like mailbox baseball.
  • 23rd: Measure Your Feet Day: I guess it must be important to measure your feet at least once a year. How else would you know if your feet are growing or not? Certainly, you can't tell by how well your shoes fit.
  • 24th: Beer Can Day: You can celebrate today by drinking some beer. Or, you could always wander around your neighborhood, picking up the beer cans that the less considerate people leave along the side of the road.
  • 24th: Belly Laugh Day: Go ahead, let out a big, hearty belly laugh! You know you want to! It is good for you. Laughing burns calories, and makes you happy.
  • 24th: National Compliment Day: What a lovely sweater you have on today! Compliment everyone you meet. It will make them feel good, and make you feel good, as well.
  • 24th: Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day: Thanks to 'Talk Like a Pirate Day', these things are popping up everywhere. Walk around saying things like "There be gold in them there hills." and other such things. People might think you have lost your mind, but so what?
  • 25th: AFRMA Fancy Rat and Mouse Day: Shuddering right now...I don't like rats!!! I really don't. What the heck is a fancy rat, anyway? Rats aren't fancy, they are disgusting.
  • 25th: A Room of One's Own Day: I was so excited when I was a kid, and I got my own room. It really is a wonderful thing. Celebrate today by giving one of your children their own room. You don't really need that exercise room, anyway, do you?
  • 25th: National Seed Swap Day: Do you have tomato seeds, but really want green pepper seeds? Today is the day to find someone who has the seeds you want and swap with them. Such a strange, and random holiday. Can't you just buy seeds at the store?
  • 25th: Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day: I don't even know of a quilt shop anywhere near here. The closest thing we have to a quilt shop is a Jo-Ann Fabrics. I guess I could visit that store.
  • 26th: National Peanut Brittle Day: If you know how to make peanut brittle, make up a batch or two today. Give some to a friend or family member.
  • 26th: Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement: What??? Apparently it is a day to share kind words with your fellow man, and it has nothing to do with Toad from The Wind in The Willows. I guess be nice to people, and read The Wind in the Willows, anyway. It's a good book. My daughter loves it.
  • 26th: Clashing Clothes Day: Have you always wanted to go to work looking like you got dressed in the dark? No? Me neither. But, if you said yes, today is the day for you! Wear the wildest, most clashing outfit you can put together.
  • 27th: Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day: Oh, bubble wrap...such a wonderful thing. I think it deserves more than just one day. Not only does it protect our fragile valuables from damage, it also provides endless enjoyment for young and old alike.
  • 27th: Thomas Crapper Day: Is this seriously a day about a toilet? Sort of. It is for a man named Thomas Crapper, who was a plumber. Not even kidding. He didn't invent the toilet, but helped to make it more popular. I couldn't make this up if I tried.
  • 27th: Punch the Clock Day: Don't people do this most days? Maybe today is actually about literally, punching a clock. That doesn't sound like a great idea.
  • 27th: Mad Tea Party Day: I have always wanted to have a Mad Tea Party like in Alice in Wonderland. It sounds like fun!! Maybe I can convince my daughter to do it for her birthday...
  • 28th: Data Privacy Day: In this day and age, it is so much harder to keep our personal information private. From hackers, to identity thieves, to our own government, it seems that nothing is safe.
  • 28th: National Kazoo Day: I never understood the kazoo. I know how to use one, but it still made no sense to me. Give your kids kazoos, and give yourself a migraine!!
  • 28th: Thank a Plug-in Developer Day: Well, now, this looks like a fairly recently invented holiday. I don't personally know any plug-in developers, so I will just say, "Thank you!!!"
  • 29th: Curmudgeon Day: Do you know a person who is old, grumpy, and curmudgeonly? Celebrate them today. Rent both of the Grumpy Old Men movies, and watch them with your curmudgeonly friend. He may not enjoy himself, but you might.
  • 29th: Freethinkers Day: Are you a freethinker? I thought everyone was free to think what they want. This isn't quite an Orwellian society just yet. It is getting closer though.
  • 29th: National Puzzle Day: I love puzzles!! Spend some time today putting together a jigsaw puzzle, do a crossword puzzle, or muddle over some brain teasers.
  • 30th: Inane Answering Message Day: I am pretty sure this day used to have the word 'machine' in it. But, since no one has an answering machine anymore, they dropped it. Create a new outgoing message on your voicemail. The one you have now is so boring.
  • 31st: Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day: If you currently collect a Social Security check every month, you should appreciate it. By the time I get old enough to collect Social Security, their won't be any money left. So, yeah, appreciate what you get.
  • 31st: Fun At Work Day: How can you have fun at work? It can be easy if you have the right attitude. Make your job fun, for at least one day, though I think everyone would enjoy their jobs a little bit more, if they found ways to make the job fun, once in a while.
  • 31st: Inspire Your Heart With Art Day: I love art!! Art is inspiring. Head to your local art museum or art gallery today, and do something good for your soul. Art has a way of bringing things to mind that we would not have normally thought of or felt.

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Anna Marie Bowman 2 years ago from Florida Author

avian-- Thank you so much!! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

This was very entertaining and truly gives us all something to think about.


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Anna Marie Bowman 2 years ago from Florida Author

EGamboa--I hope January, and every other month, is great for you! Thanks for reading!!


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EGamboa 2 years ago from West Palm Beach

My favorite is self-love month! It's official, I'm observing it. Thank you for the interesting article.


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Anna Marie Bowman 2 years ago from Florida Author

spartucus--I have never heard of that song. I will have to check it out. Sounds interesting! Thank you for being such a great fan!!!


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spartucusjones 2 years ago from Parts Unknown

Yet another totally awesome strange holiday hub! I really got a kick out of this! January 28th, National Kazoo Day, that is way cool! I know what I am going to do. There is actually a really cool song by Canadian rapper Grand Analog called "Play My Kazoo". It could be the anthem of that day.

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