January cold and desolate;
February dripping wet;
March wind ranges;
Birds sing in tune
To flowers of May,
And sunny June
Brings longest day;
In scorched July
The storm-clouds fly,
August bears corn,
In rough October
Earth must disrobe her;
Stars fall and shoot
In keen November;
And night is long
And cold is strong
In bleak December.
- Christina Giorgina Rossetti, The Months
The twelve months...
Snowy, Flowy, Blowy,
Showery, Flowery, Bowery,
Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,
Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy.
- George Ellis
"January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow."
- Edgar Fawcett
"The name, , is derived from the ancient Roman name 'Janus' who presided over the gate to the new year. He was revered as the 'God of Gateways,' 'of Doorways' and 'of the Journey.'
Janus protected the 'Gate of Heaven,' known as the 'Lord of Beginnings,' is associated with the 'Goddess Juno-Janus,' and often symbolized by an image of a face that looks forward and backward at the same time.
This symbolism can easily be associated with the month known by many as the start of a new year which brings new opportunities. We cast out the old and welcome in the new. It is the time when many reflect on events of the previous year and often resolve to redress or improve some aspect of daily life or personal philosophy."
January's flower is the snowdrop or carnation, and its stone is the garnet.
"The Snow-drop, Winter's timid child,
Awakes to life, bedew'd with tears."
- Mary Robinson
“The first month of the new year is like a new car. You keep watching for the first scratch. Oh, no!! And there's just one comfort. Pretty soon, you can't tell the first scratch from all the other dings.” - Ron Wolfe
New Years History & Traditions - For a look at ancient celebrations of the arrival of the new year (usually in the Spring time!!), and an explanation of how it all changed to the way we now do it, plus much more, click on this link:
1st – New Year's Day - "New Year's Day is everyman's birthday." - Charles Lamb
On January 1st, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
3rd – Festival of Sleep Day - “I love sleep so much, sleep is the first thing I think about when I wake up.”
A Sunday school teacher asked the children just before she dismissed them to go to church, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"
Little Johnny replied, "Because people are sleeping."
6th – Epiphany or the 12th Day of Christmas – celebrates the visit of the three kings or wise men to the Christ Child, signifying the extension of salvation to the Gentiles. "When the 3 Wise Men showed up bearing gift cards."
6th - Bean Day Not the human kind, but the one that people say makes music. “Bean, bean...the magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot!”
8th – On this date in 1935, Elvis Presley was born in a Mississippi manger. Combine this with the fact that it's National Oatmeal Month and you can sing “Don't Be Gruel.”
11th – Celebrate the day milk was delivered in bottles for the first time back in 1878. Get in the Moo-d!!
14th – National Dress Up Your Pet Day!!
16th – National Nothing Day
18th – Thesaurus Day (What's another word for thesaurus?) and Winnie the Pooh Day because its author, A.A. Milne, was born Jan. 18, 1882.
“We have a Winnie!” Pooh Day celebrates Milne's silly old bear, another poor soul whose diet resolutions lasted only until the next jar of honey was opened.
“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” - Winnie the Pooh
19th - Popcorn Day
20th – In 1900, the first traffic rules were posted.
On the same date, they were first broken.
20th - Cheese Day -
21st – Squeeze to Please. It's National Hugging Day!!
23rd - National Handwriting Day & John Hancock's birthday.
23rd – National Pie Day - a special day that is set aside to bake and cook all of your favorite pies. On this day, you are also encouraged to bake a few new pie recipes. And most importantly, it's a day to eat pies!
A great way to celebrate National Pie Day is to bake some pies and give them away to friends, neighbors, and relatives. You never know, you may be starting a tradition of pie giving between your friends and family.
23rd- National Reading Day is celebrated in thousands of schools all around the United States. This literacy event is designed to help Pre-K through Third Grade students develop the literacy foundation they need to become lifelong learners. Schools, libraries, nonprofit groups, and parents participate in a variety of activities with younger readers on National Reading Day.
National Reading Day calls for every child to be in the reading company of a caring adult.
25th – Opposite Day - Might be a good day to compliment your boss.
27th - Chocolate Cake Day
29th – National Puzzle Day
31st – National Backwards Day - UoY wonk tahw I naem?
January is time to also recognize:
Foods that start with the letter "A" - Apples & Apricots, Asparagus & Artichoke
National Eye Care Month
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
National Book Blitz Month
National Get Organized Month
- National Walk Your Pet Month - dedicated to creating an awareness of physical health by encouraging pet owners to begin a daily practice of taking their pets for walks.