As the days get shorter and the temperature gets colder, we could all use a few extra reasons to celebrate in January. From holidays like New Year's Day, to National Cheese Lovers Day, to National Pie Day, here are 31 ways to make your January a little bit more fun.
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January 1 - New Year's Day
Happy New Year! Today, look back on all you've accomplished in the past year, look forward to the personal goals you've set for the new year and nurse that vicious New Year's Eve party hangover with an extra large pizza (and plenty of water!) on the couch. Here are a few more hangover remedies if that big pizza doesn't do the trick.
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January 2 - Swiss Cheese Day
Did you know not all Swiss cheese has holes? And not all cheese with holes is Swiss? Swiss cheese actually comes in several varieties–American, Emmental and Gruyere being the most popular–but is typically sold as the holey, pale yellow cheese we all know and love.
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January 3 - Women Rock! Day
From business women, to stay-at-home moms, to public figures, to leaders in women's rights, it's no secret: Women are freaking awesome. Take a few minutes to salute and admire all of the smart, funny, hardworking, compassionate and all-around amazing women in your life today.
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January 4 - National Spaghetti DayContinue to 5 of 31 below.
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January 6 - Bean Day
Beans, beans, they're good for your heart! There's actually some truth to your favorite recess sing-a-long–beans are super healthy! They're packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and can be added to tons of dishes–from soups, to salads, to healthified brownies.
Load up on your beans today, so you've digested them in time for National Pass Gas Day tomorrow. Yes, it's a real holiday.
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January 7 - National Tempura Day
It is, in fact, National Pass Gas Day, but we chose to focus on a more palatable holiday–National Tempura Day. Stop by your favorite Japanese restaurant or make your own tempura at home to celebrate this deliciously greasy day.
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January 8 - Bubble Bath Day
After all the hubbub of the holidays, you most likely (read: definitely) need some serious me time. Today, draw a hot bath, add your favorite bath bomb, sit back and relax for a few minutes with a good book or a glass of wine. You've earned it!Continue to 9 of 31 below.
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January 10 - Houseplant Appreciation Day
Today, take a few minutes to remember all of the houseplants you've killed over the years–and a few more to honor the houseplants that have survived under your less-than-green thumb.
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January 11 - National Hot Toddy Day
If you've been shoveling snow all day (or just playing in it with the kids), why not warm up with a boozy hot toddy? All you need is honey, lemon juice, water, some spices and your favorite bourbon or whiskey to warm up those tired ol' bones.
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January 12 - National Marzipan Day
Before you can celebrate it, you should probably know what marzipan is, right? It's a deliciously chewy combination of sugar or honey and almond meal (a fine powder made from ground almonds). It's often covered with chocolate for a pop-able treat, but can also be spread super thin and molded to make some seriously impressive cakes.Continue to 13 of 31 below.
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January 13 - National Peach Melba Day
Peach melba is packed with summery flavors–peaches, raspberries and vanilla ice cream–but you don't have to wait for warm temperatures to indulge! Whip it up with frozen or preserved fruit and dream of the balmy, summer days when the temperature was over 30-degrees.
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January 14 - Organize Your Home Day
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January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Today, Americans honor Martin Luther King Jr., Baptist minister, activist and hero of the civil rights movement in America. Take some time to learn about Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, teach your children about the importance of his work as a civil rights leader and reflect on all of his contributions to America and our society.
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January 16 - International Hot and Spicy Food Day
For some, spicy might mean mild salsa; for others, it means munching on sweat-inducing (and painfully spicy) ghost chilies. No matter your spicy food threshold, today's the day to add a little kick to your cooking!Continue to 17 of 31 below.
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January 17 - Hot Buttered Rum Day
Although we don't recommend indulging in hot buttered rum every day–it is packed with butter and sugar, after all–it certainly can't hurt after a long, cold winter day!
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January 18 - National Gourmet Coffee Day
The best part of waking up is... chugging that first mug of coffee and actually waking up once the caffeine works its way through your system. Celebrate the simple bean that keeps us all awake and functioning with a cup of hot, fresh joe or a decadent dessert.
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January 19 - National Popcorn Day
Today, honor the simple, no-frills treat that keeps both movie theaters and dentists in business–popcorn! Whether you pop it on the stove top, toss it in the microwave or buy it pre-made, no movie (or Netflix binge session) is complete without a bucket of buttery popcorn.
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January 20 - National Cheese Lovers Day
Some studies say cheese is addictive–and we definitely don't disagree! From sharp cheddar, to creamy brie, to pungent bleu cheese, no dish has ever suffered from the addition of cheese. Pair your favorite fromage with some crusty bread, cured meats and other charcuterie to create a beautiful cheese platter.Continue to 21 of 31 below.
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January 21 - Squirrel Appreciation Day
Sure, they get into your trashcans, eat all of your bird feed and destroy your landscaping–but man, squirrels are cute, right?
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January 22 - Answer Your Cat's Questions Day
Don't pretend like you've never considered what your cat's human voice would sound like–and what she would ask you if she could, indeed, speak. If you haven't, today is the day!
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January 24 - Beer Can Appreciation Day
The craft beer movement has produced some very inventive brews–and put canned beer back on the map. Canned beer isn't all light beers and frat parties anymore: Think hoppy IPAs, rich stouts and fruity sours. But if you want to crush the empty can against your forehead after you've finished drinking it, no one's stopping you.Continue to 25 of 31 below.
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January 25 - National Irish Coffee Day
Today, take a moment to thank whichever culinary genius decided to blend sweetened coffee and whipped cream with delicious Irish whiskey. Then, make your own Irish coffee, cozy up on the couch and enjoy!
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January 26 - National Peanut Brittle Day
Sure, it kind of hurts to eat, but peanut brittle, in all of its crunchy, chewy, sticky glory, is absolutely delicious! One word of advice: Just don't mention to your dentist that you've been snacking on it at your next appointment.
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January 27 - Thomas Crapper Day
Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Crapper, a plumber and sanitation engineer, did not invent the flushing toilet. What he did do, however, was revolutionize plumbing and sanitation; his contributions to the commode modernized existing flushing toilets by making them more efficient and sanitary.
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January 28 - Daisy DayContinue to 29 of 31 below.
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January 29 - National Puzzle Day
Too cold to go outside today? Work on a puzzle with your family! And if you're a real puzzle pro, today is an excellent excuse to show off your chops.
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January 31 - Eat Brussels Sprouts Day