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Things to Do in January

Updated on August 23, 2017

Here is a page of things to do in January. Not just places to visit, or fun activities, it is also a reminder of the little things that are time to do around this time of year. Take a look around.

January is named for Janus, the Roman god of doorways and arches. There are two sides to Janus, just like there are two sides to a doorway.


Now That The Holidays Are Over

It's somewhat of a relief. The gifts were given and gotten, the family has come and gone. I know you thought it was all over. Think again.

  1. Go through your decorations. Throw away anything too ratty for next year and box up everything else.
  2. Write thank you notes.
  3. Download (or develop) your holiday photos. Don't forget to share them with friends.
  4. Restock the liquor cabinet.
  5. Go through the fridge. Get rid of the left over turkey.

Give Blood

January is National Blood Donor Month

You can - and should - do this in any month, but if you are not in the habit, now is a good time to start. You don't have to go to the Red Cross. You can donate at a lot of hospitals - just call first. There is a chronic shortage of blood almost everywhere, probably because blood can only be stored for just over a month. And, of course, there is always the free cookies.

Watch the Bowl Games in January

Even if football isn't your thing, this is a great excuse for a party. And football is a lot more interesting if you are there with people who care AND who can explain the rules. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of guys jumping on each other.

The Biggest Bowl of All

Do you watch the Superbowl?

See results

Get Snowed!

  • Go skiing.
  • Go sledding.
  • Build a snowfort.
  • Get in a snowball fight.
  • Join a tobogganing club.
  • Be a shovel smarty-pants: don't wait for the snow to start piling up - start shoveling before there are two inches on the ground.

Become a Snow Spotter

If you are in snow country (in the United States), join citizen scientists and the National Weather Service to help keep track of the weather. Report snow and storm conditions here.

Handy Snow-Related Items

The safest sleds are ones that you can steer, though you should also wear a helmet and only go down feet first. Also, don't aim for the trees. You'll need more than one shovel if you don't want to do it all yourself, but I'm guessing people will fight over the wheeled shovel. The other items listed below aren't as fun, but they are still necessary.

Special Days of January

Used to be that most days of the year were run of the mill. Sure, you had your 4th of July and your Thanksgiving, but it was never more than one or two special days a month. Boy, has that changed! Also, January is apparently National Oatmeal Month.

  • January 1st - New Year's Day, first day of the Gregorian calendar (also, the end of Kwanzaa)
  • January 6th - Three Kings Day (also known as the 12th Day of Christmas)
  • January 16th - Martin Luther King Jr Day (celebrated the third Monday of January)
  • January 20th - Inauguration Day in the USA in years divisible by 4
  • January 21st - Hugging Day
  • January 23rd - Handwriting Day (since 1977)
  • January 24th - Compliment Day (not a real holiday, but not a bad idea, either)
  • January 29th - National Puzzle Day

Poll: Yummy Days

Which "day" in January are you most likely to celebrate?

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Get Outta Town - Far, Far Outta Town

Here is a sampling of festivals around the world.

About to Kiss
About to Kiss

Valentine's Day is in Two Weeks!

I know it isn't in January, but if you celebrate Valentine's Day, you should start planning now. Last minute reservations on Valentine's Day are a bear to get.

By the way, that is my brother and sister-in-law at their wedding.

January is Purported to Be... - (among others)

  • Family Fit Lifestyle Month
  • National Mentoring Month
  • National Glaucoma Month
  • National Radon Action Month (according to the EPA)

Thank You Notes

I said it before, I'll say it again: Don't forget to send thank you notes to everyone that gave you a gift.

Bunch of Gifts
Bunch of Gifts

Celebrate Australia Day! - January is summertime down under

Australia Day commemorates the arrival of Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet, comprising 11 ships and around 1,350 people, who arrived at Botany Bay between 18 and 20 January 1788 to set up a penal colony for Britain. Australia Day is celebrated throughout Australia on 26 January each year. (That's from Australia's tourism web site.)

HOWEVER: There were actually already people in Australia, many of whom don't want to celebrate the day their land was invaded. In addition, since Australia is no longer British or a penal colony, there is no reason to commemorate that particular date. (This might just be my bias coming out. After all, in the US, we commemorate the day we gained independence from the British.)

Should Australia move their national holiday to a different date?

What have I missed?

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      5 years ago

      Boardgames by candlelight with wine and fondue:)

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      bames24 lm 

      6 years ago

      interesting lens

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      6 years ago

      Great lens.

    • Jennifer Einstein profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Einstein 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Lynne-Modranski: Thanks!

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      Lynne Modranski 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Woops! Inauguration day (in the US) is in years -1 and divisible by four. The next one will be in 2013 (we'll vote in 2012, but inauguration day is in 2013). Other than that, great lens! But my idea is northern US, is curl up in a warm house with a good book or netflix!

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      6 years ago

      You have a lot of really great days that you can celebrate, since Australians have adopted a lot of American ideals I hope they we start having more fun days that we can celebrate

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      6 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens with lots of great ideas.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for such a nice lens, i like it...keep it up.


      liquor cabinet

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm in awe! This is the neatest lens! Looks like there are lots of things to do in January; thanks for pointing them out. :)

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      7 years ago

      January is a great time to take stock and see if the new year resolutions are on track! cheers

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      7 years ago

      interesting. Wish all the best for you.

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      7 years ago

      I like your ideas. Not too excited about the get ready for tax season one but since I work in a tax office it's always nagging at me anyway :) Fun lens.

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      7 years ago

      I think that this is an excellent idea for a lens and you've come up with lots of good ideas. Hope you do it for all the months!

    • Jennifer Einstein profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Einstein 

      7 years ago from New York City

      @kimmanleyort: Thanks! I lost my original sheet with what to do all the other months, but I hope to some day get around to it.

    • Jennifer Einstein profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Einstein 

      7 years ago from New York City

      @GuyB LM: I wouldn't say that was a yearly activity, so I didn't include it. Also, it isn't January-centric as it can really be done in any month.

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      GuyB LM 

      7 years ago

      You forgot this one: Call your parents to tell them that you are NOT a failure like they thought. Then laugh about how much money you make and then promise to send them a check so they can buy heating fuel-but never really send it-ha ha! Let them freeze. I also like to play Wii Sports with some online friends.


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