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
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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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.
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!
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.
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
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.
- Celebrate Fun January Holidays Instead of New Year's...
Yearly broken January Resolutions can add to the after-holiday blues setting in by the middle of the month. Mardi Gras is too long to wait for festivity, so here are some days for fun in January!
- Garnet January's Birth Stone
As a child I would open my mother's jewelry box and see garnet and other stones sitting in all their splendor. I looked up to see this gem around mom's neck, and on her ear how pretty.
- Strange and Unusual Holidays: January Through June
There are some truly oddball holidays most have never even heard of; the first 6 months of the year are put forth here for your amusement
- This is Australia Day (26th January)
Australia Day is a national holiday celebrated on January 26th each year. It marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1788.
- In Remembrance: The Entertainers We Lost in January
A lot of film icons passed away in 2016 and that inspired me to do a month-by-month series of remembrance articles for these beautiful and talented people. This is January.
© 2010 Susan Hazelton