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
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
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
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 DayContinue to 5 of 31 below.
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January 7: National Tempura Day
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
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!Continue to 9 of 31 below.
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January 10: Houseplant Appreciation Day
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
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
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.Continue to 13 of 31 below.
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January 15: Strawberry Ice Cream Day
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
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 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
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
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: Martin Luther King Jr. Day* (third Monday of January)
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.Continue to 21 of 31 below.
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January 22: Answer Your Cat's Questions Day
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 24: Beer Can Appreciation Day
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.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 and cozy up on the couch!
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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!
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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 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? 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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