31 Reasons to Celebrate in January

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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 and National Pie Day, here are 31 ways to warm up your January. 

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    January 1: New Year's Day

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    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.

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    January 2: Swiss Cheese Day

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    Not all Swiss cheese has holes and not all cheese with holes is Swiss. Swiss cheese actually comes in several varieties including American, Emmental, and Gruyere being the most popular. It is typically sold as the holey, pale yellow cheese.

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    January 3: Women Rock! Day

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    From businesswomen to stay-at-home moms, and public figures to leaders in women's rights, it's no secret: Women are 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 Day

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    Whether you make your own or stick to store bought, nothing beats a massive bowl of spaghetti with garlicky marinara and meatballs on a cold, winter day. Take your meal to the next level by pairing it with freshly made garlic bread

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    January 5: National Bird Day

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    Even if you're not a bird watcher or bird owner, take a moment to appreciate how amazing birds are today.

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    January 6: Bean Day

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    Beans, beans, they're good for your heart! There's actually some truth to your favorite recess sing-a-long because beans are super healthy. They're packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and can be added to tons of dishes, including soups, salads, and even brownies.

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    January 7: National Tempura Day

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    Stop by your favorite Japanese restaurant or make your own tempura at home to celebrate this delicious day. 

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    January 8: Bubble Bath Day

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    After all the hubbub of the holidays, you most likely 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!

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    January 9: National Apricot Day

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    From dried apricots to apricot pie and more inventive apricot cocktails, there's no wrong way to enjoy this sweet stone fruit today. Just watch out for the pit!  

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    January 10: Houseplant Appreciation Day

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    Today, take a few minutes to appreciate your houseplants. They provide greenery, fresher air, a sense of responsibility, and a cozier vibe. If you don't have any, this could be the day to change that.

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    January 11: National Hot Toddy Day

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    If you've been shoveling snow all day (or just playing in it ), 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.

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    January 12: National Marzipan Day

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    Before you can celebrate it, you should probably know what marzipan is: a deliciously chewy combination of sugar or honey and almond meal (a fine powder made from ground almonds). Marzipan is often covered with chocolate for a pop-able treat, but can also be spread super thin and molded to make some seriously impressive treats.

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    January 13: National Peach Melba Day

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    Peach melba is packed with summery ingredients, including peaches, raspberries, and vanilla ice cream. You don't have to wait for warm temperatures to indulge! Whip it up with frozen or preserved fruit and dream of balmy, summer days.

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    January 14: Organize Your Home Day

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    If your New Year's resolution was to get more organized, today's a good day to check in on your progress or kick-off your resolution all-together! From the kitchen, to closets, to the garage, you can organize every single space (and item!) in your home.

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    January 15: Strawberry Ice Cream Day

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    Ice cream has over 20 different "holidays" scattered throughout the year. Strawberry ice cream gets its moment in the spotlight on January 15th. Celebrate with a bowl of the sweet pink stuff or sip on a frothy strawberry milkshake.

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    January 16: International Hot and Spicy Food Day

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    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!

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    January 17: Hot Buttered Rum Day

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    Although you don't want to indulge in hot buttered rum every day, it certainly can't hurt on a long, cold winter night!

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    January 18: National Gourmet Coffee Day

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    Celebrate the simple bean that keeps you awake and functioning with a cup of hot, fresh joe or a decadent coffee dessert

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    January 19: National Popcorn Day

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    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

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    From sharp cheddar to creamy brie and 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

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    January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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    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 22: Answer Your Cat's Questions Day

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    Don't pretend as if you've never considered what your cat's human voice would sound like and what it would ask you if it could speak. If you haven't, today is the day!

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    January 23: National Pie Day

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    From classic apple, to chocolate pudding, to the ever-controversial mincemeat, there's truly no bad pie. Enjoy a slice today.

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    January 24: Beer Can Appreciation Day

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    Canned beer isn't all light beers and frat parties anymore: The craft beer movement has produced some very inventive brews and put canned beer back on the map. Now it's more like hoppy IPAs, rich stouts, and fruity sours. 

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    January 25: National Irish Coffee Day

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    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 and cozy up on the couch!

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    January 26: National Peanut Brittle Day

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    Sure, it kind of hurts to eat, but peanut brittle, in all of its crunchy, chewy, sticky glory, is absolutely delicious!

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    January 27: Thomas Crapper Day

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    Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Crapper, a plumber and sanitation engineer, did not invent the flushing toilet. What he did do 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 Day

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    Brighten up a dreary, winter day by displaying some fresh daisies in your home. Whether you prefer shasta daisies (the classic yellow and white flowers) or big, bright gerbera daisies, these friendly flowers are an easy way to add a splash of color to an otherwise grey day.  

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    January 29: National Puzzle Day

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    Too cold to go outside? 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 30: National Croissant Day

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    Say bonjour to the baked good of the day: the flaky, buttery, and all-around delicious croissants. Smeared with butter, stuffed with sandwich fixings, or dipped in coffee, croissants make the perfect vessel for most foods.

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    January 31: Eat Brussels Sprouts Day

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    These cruciferous veggies have come a long way since your mom's mushy, bland version. Roast them with a splash of olive oil and your favorite spices or top them with bacon bits for an earthy and savory, but healthy dinner side dish.