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, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy some warmth and cheer.
Here are 31 reasons to celebrate during the month of January.
January is named after the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions.
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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, and look forward to what's in store for the new year. This is a great day to write down some personal goals for the year.
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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. But it's typically sold as the hole-filled, pale yellow cheese. Whichever variety you prefer, grab a slice of Swiss today.
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January 3: Women Rock! Day
Celebrate women in the music industry on Women Rock! Day. On this day in 1987, Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, marking the first time a woman received that honor. So take time today to crank up the tunes of your favorite women musicians and music industry legends.
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January 4: National Spaghetti Day
Whether you make your own or stick to store-bought, nothing beats a massive bowl of spaghetti with garlicky marinara sauce and meatballs on a cold winter day. For National Spaghetti Day, take your meal to the next level by pairing it with freshly made garlic bread.Continue to 5 of 31 below.
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January 5: National Bird Day
Even if you're not a birdwatcher or bird owner, take a moment today to appreciate birds. Learn about the birds that stuck around your area for winter, as well as the ones that might have migrated somewhere warmer.
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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-along because beans are quite healthy. They're packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and they can be added to tons of dishes, including soups, salads, and even brownies. Today's the perfect day to cook up a bean-centric dish.
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January 7: National Tempura Day
Tempura is a Japanese dish typically of vegetables and seafood that’s battered and deep-fried. To celebrate National Tempura Day, stop by your favorite Japanese restaurant or make your own tempura at home.
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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 with a good book or a glass of wine. You've earned it!Continue to 9 of 31 below.
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January 9: National Apricot Day
From dried apricots to apricot pie and inventive apricot cocktails, there's no wrong way to enjoy this sweet stone fruit today. Mix up an apricot-infused recipe you've never tried before. Just watch out for the pit.
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January 10: Houseplant Appreciation Day
Today, take a few minutes to appreciate and tend to your houseplants. They provide beauty while freshening the air of your home. If you don't have any houseplants, 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), warm up with a boozy hot toddy for National Hot Toddy Day. 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, but it can also be spread super thin and molded to make some seriously impressive treats. If you've never tried it, today's the day to change that.Continue to 13 of 31 below.
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January 13: National Peach Melba Day
Peach melba is packed with summery ingredients, including peaches, raspberries, and vanilla ice cream. But you don't have to wait for warm temperatures to indulge. Whip it up for National Peach Melba Day with frozen or preserved fruit, and dream of balmy summer days.
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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 Jan. 15. 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 people, spicy might mean mild salsa. For others, it means munching on sweat-inducing and painfully spicy ghost chilis. 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
Indulging in a hot buttered rum is the perfect treat for a cold winter night. This mixed drink includes dark rum, butter, brown sugar, and spices. The ingredients come together to create a warming, delicious beverage. Try your hand at making one for Hot Buttered Rum Day.
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January 18: National Gourmet Coffee Day
Even if you drink coffee most days, you can fall in love with the coffee bean all over again on National Gourmet Coffee Day. Try a new type of coffee, an elaborate coffee beverage, or even a decadent coffee dessert.
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January 19: National Popcorn Day
Today, honor the simple, no-frills snack that is popcorn. Whether you pop it on the stovetop, toss it in the microwave, or buy it pre-made, no movie is complete without a bucket of buttery, salty popcorn. And today's the perfect excuse to pop a batch for a movie night.
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January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day* (third Monday)
Today, Americans honor Martin Luther King Jr., the Baptist minister, activist, and hero of the civil rights movement. Take some time to learn about Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, teach any children in your life about the importance of his work as a civil rights leader, and reflect on all of his contributions to our society.Continue to 21 of 31 below.
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January 21: National Hugging Day
Sometimes all you need is a good hug. By releasing oxytocin, hugging helps to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Today's the perfect day to offer someone a hug. And if hugging isn't your thing, make a point to do some other friendly gestures for the people you encounter.
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January 22: Answer Your Cat's Questions Day
Don't pretend as if you've never considered what your pet's human voice would sound like and what they would say to you. If you have a cat, try to translate its sounds and gestures into human language. Today's a great day to look up information on feline body language, which can truly help you understand what your cat is trying to say.
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January 23: National Pie Day
From classic apple pie to chocolate pudding pie, there's truly a pie for every taste. Enjoy a slice today from your local bakery. Or try your culinary skills at baking a pie from scratch.
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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. Now you can find hoppy IPAs, rich stouts, and fruity sours in a can. For Beer Can Appreciation Day, treat yourself to your favorite canned beer, or try something new.Continue to 25 of 31 below.
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January 25: National Irish Coffee Day
Today, raise your glass to the culinary genius who 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
It may be a little hard to eat and make dentists cringe, but peanut brittle is absolutely delicious in all of its crunchy, chewy, sticky glory. Try making a homemade brittle recipe today with all of your favorite ingredients.
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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 was revolutionize plumbing and sanitation. His contributions to the commode modernized existing flushing toilets by making them more efficient and sanitary. So take a moment today to learn a little more about his history, and don't take modern plumbing for granted.
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January 28: National Daisy Day
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 gerber daisies, these friendly flowers are an easy way to add a splash of color to an otherwise gray day.Continue 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 or friends. Today is a perfect day to start a complicated jigsaw puzzle with hundreds (or thousands) of pieces. You might have it finished by the time the warm weather finally returns.
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January 30: National Croissant Day
Say bonjour to the baked good of the day: the flaky, buttery, and all around delicious croissant. Smeared with butter, stuffed with sandwich fixings, or dipped in coffee, croissants make the perfect vessel for most foods. Learn to make your own today, or pick some up from a local bakery.
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January 31: Eat Brussels Sprouts Day
Brussels sprouts get a bad rap, but these veggies can be quite delicious in the right recipes. Roast them with a splash of olive oil and your favorite spices, or top them with bacon bits for a savory dish. If you've never tried Brussels sprouts, today's the day to finally learn how great they can taste.
* Denotes that date changes each year