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January Trivia

Updated on September 11, 2018
Beautiful cold, snowy January
Beautiful cold, snowy January | Source

January quotes and sayings

  • It is memory that enables a person to gather roses in January. - Author Unknown
  • January is here, with eyes that keenly glow, A frost-mailed warrier striding a shadowdy steed of snow. - Edgar Fawcett
  • There are two season diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues. - Hal Borland
  • Dieting on New Year's Day isn’t a good idea as you can’t eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second. - Helen Fielding

  • The hiss now was becoming a roar - the whole worldwas a vast movingscreen of snow - but even now it said peace, it said remoteness, it sasid cold, it said sleep. - Conrad Aiken

  • January, a month of empty pockets!...let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer's forehead. - Colette
  • January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow. - Sara Coleridge
  • You'd be so lean, that blast of January would blow you through and through. Now, my fair'st friend, I would I had some flowers o' the spring that might Become your time of day. - William Shakespeare
  • I miss everything about Chicago, except January and February. - Gary Cole

January Poems

A Calendar of Sonnets: January

O winter! frozen pulse and heart of fire,

What loss is theirs who from they kingdom turn

Dismayed, and think thy snow a sculptured urn

Of death Far sooner in midsummer tire

The strams than under the ice. June could not hire

Her roses to forego the strength they learn

In sleeping on they breast.

Helen Hunt Jackson

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Jack Frost

The door was shut, as doors should be,

Before you went to bed last night;

Yet Jack Frost has got in you see,

And left your window silver white.

He must have waited till you slept;

And not a single word he spoke ,

But pencilled o'er the panes and crept

Away again before you woke,

And now you cannot see the hills

Nor fields that stretch beyond the lane;

But there are fairer things than these

His fingers traced on every pane.

Gabriel Setoun

Frosted window pane
Frosted window pane | Source

Funny January Poem

T'was the month after Christmas, and all through the house,
nothing would fit me, not even a blouse;
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I had to taste,
at the holiday parties had gone to my waist;

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber),
I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared,
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared;

The wine and the rum balls; the bread and the cheese,
and the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt,
and prepared once again to do battle with dirt,
I said to myself, as only I can,
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished,
'til all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore,
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

Author Unknown

Frosted branch
Frosted branch | Source

January Fun Facts and Trivia

  • Many cultures celebrate New Years Day on March 21st, the Spring Equinox.
  • Leap years exempted, January always begins on the same day as October.
  • In leap years, January always begings on the same day as April and July
  • Leap years exempted, January always begins on the same day as October.
  • January's birthstone is the Garnet.
  • The name January is derived from Janus who presided over the gate to the new year.
  • New Year ceremonies are designed to get rid of the past and to welcome the future.
  • According to Facebook users, January is "Change Your Profile Picture To a Muppet" month.
  • January's birth flower is the Carnation.
  • January 1st, 1776, the firstAmerican flag, the "Grand Union" was presented. Betsy Ross later added the stars in place of the Union Jack.
  • January's horoscope signs are Capricorn and Aquarius.
  • The first Super Bowl was held at the L.A. Coliseum on January.
  • January is National Soup Month in the US.


Build a snowman
Build a snowman | Source

Things to do in January

  • Build a snowman
  • Build a snowfort
  • Catch a snowflake on your tongue
  • Bundle up and take a hike through the woods
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Make snow angels
  • Go ice fishing
  • Go tobogganing
  • Build a fire and roast marshmallows
  • Learn a new craft
  • Watch the snow fall
  • Make snow ice cream
  • Build an igloo
  • Go sledding
  • read a book you've been wanting to read
  • Take a ride on a snowmobile
  • Go skiing
  • Try a new recipe
  • Go on a sleigh ride
  • Drink hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire
  • Snuggle up and watch an old movie

Statue of Mahatma Ghandi
Statue of Mahatma Ghandi | Source

January Historical Happenings

  • During the American Revolution, on January 1, 1776, George Washington unveiled the Grand Union Flag, the first national flag in America.
  • On January 1, 1863, The Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in the states rebelling against the Union.
  • Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming became the first female governor inaugurated in the U.S on January 5, 1925.
  • January 10,1878, an Amendment granting women the right to vote was introduced in Congress by Senator A.A. Sargent of California. The amendment didn't pass until 1920, forty-two years later.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated to an unprecedented fourth term as president of the United States on January 20, 1945. He had served since 1933.
  • On January 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell was awarded her MD by the Medical Institute of Geneva, New York, becoming America's first woman doctor.
  • January 24, 1895, Hawaii's monarchy ended as Queen Liliuokalani was forced to abdicate. Hawaii was then annexed by the U.S. And remained a territory until statehood was granted in 1959.
  • Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi, India, by a religious fanatic on January 30,1948. Gandhi had ended British rule in India through nonviolent resistance. "Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being," quote by Gandhi.
  • The U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, on January 28, 1986, 74 seconds into its flight, killing seven persons, including Christa McAuliffe, a teacher who was to be the first ordinary citizen in space.

Enjoy the January snow
Enjoy the January snow | Source

© 2010 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you Reynold Jay for your kind words. I love winter. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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      Reynold Jay 

      9 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Very nice layout ..thanks KoffeeKlatch, these words will remind me of the joys of winter and fun in the snow. Inspiring...Happy new year! RJ

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, winter just isn't for everyone. Hope you stay warm.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Lita, soup sounds lijke the perfect choice. There's nothing better than homemade soup on a cold winter's day. Early happy anniversary wishes.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Worst thing about January is that it is followed by February.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      I used to make hard choices on what to prepare for January 4, to celebrate my Wedding Anniversary. Awesome writing and informative hub! This pops out with importance, though- "January is National Soup Month". This time I know what to prepare. Thank you for sharing this. Happy New Year!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I'm with you there, wooded. It's funny how many of us Floridians miss snow. I wonder how fond of it we would be if we were sitting in it.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you prettydarkhorse. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Happy New Year to you too. Don't forget your New Years resolutions.

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful hub! Floridian wishing I could play in the snow too! Happy New Year!

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      9 years ago from US

      Beautiful..thanks KoffeeKlatch, these words will keep me by and inspired during this time of the year..Happy new year! Maita

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rhonda Waits, I love the snow and miss it. It's nice to have memories. Thanks for visiting, reading and commenting. And thanks for the vote up.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      kittythe dreamer, thank you so much. I live in Florida so I am unable to do these things but I can still remember doing them when I lived up by Canada. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Rhonda Musch 

      9 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      I voted your hub up. Beautiful thanks for sharing. I live in Florida too. Eric is from Ohio so we often visit there. We always enjoy the snow. Have a Great New Year.

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      Kitty Fields 

      9 years ago from Summerland

      beautiful hub! I especially like the things to do in January list...although I live somewhere so warm that I won't be able to do even a quarter of those things!


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