12 January Holidays to Help You Beat the Winter Blues

January can be a difficult month for many of us. Sure, a new year can mean a fresh start, but it also means that we have to say goodbye to our visiting friends and relatives, resume our mundane responsibilities, and face the bleak winter ahead.

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After a month of decorating, party-planning, and festive activities in December, this sudden change can seem especially disheartening. With nothing to look forward to but eventually discarding our hastily written resolutions, we can easily find ourselves in the doldrums during the first month of the year.

What January needs is a holiday of its own to break up the tedium. We did a little digging, and, as luck would have it, there are actually quite a few! 

At ArtPix 3D, we’re not just your best source for 3D crystal art; we’re also here to provide inspiration. We know how important it is to celebrate special occasions, and we also know that it can be just as important to make occasions special. While these January holidays may not come with designated merchandise, they’re still a lot of fun. Who knows? You may create new traditions for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

January 7: 410th Anniversary of Galileo’s Discovery of the Moons of Jupiter

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On this day in the year 1610, Galileo Galilei observed a strange occurrence in the sky that turned out to be pivotal astronomical discovery: the moons of Jupiter. While Galileo faced scrutiny and ultimately imprisonment for his ideas at the time, we owe a lot of our modern understanding of celestial movement to his work. Celebrate this momentous occasion in scientific history by reading up on Galileo’s discovery, starting with this overview from National Geographic. If you’re lucky enough to have a clear sky on that night, you can visit a local observatory or engage in a little star-spotting in your own backyard!

January 8: David Bowie’s Birthday 

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Between his avant-garde glam rock outfits and dynamic music career spanning from piano-driven art pop to sweeping synth landscapes, David Bowie’s impact on music and pop-culture is extensive. In fact, according to this Billboard article, “Bowie influenced more musical genres than anyone else, living or dead.” There’s been a hole in the music industry ever since his passing in 2016. This year, he’d be 73. The obvious way to begin a David Bowie birthday celebration would be to take a journey through his discography. If you’re not sure where to start, Rolling Stone readers have ranked his top 10 albums for you. You could also pay homage to his acting career by checking out a few of his films. The 1986 Jim Henson fantasy  Labyrinth is always a good place to start!

January 9: Anniversary of the First American Balloon Flight

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Hot-air balloon enthusiasts won’t want to miss commemorating the historic occasion of America’s first balloon flight in 1793. Piloted by French balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard, the flight departed from Pennsylvania and landed in New Jersey. You can learn more about the journey and how the citizens of Deptford, NJ continue to celebrate the historic flight in this article. If there are kids in your family or if you feel like getting creative, try one of these hot-air balloon crafts! If you’re looking for a special treat to mark the occasion, you can also try making these delicious hot-air balloon madeleines.

January 16: Appreciate a Dragon Day 

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Dragon legends have been around for centuries, yet the dragons that make them so much fun to read have gone woefully underappreciated. That is, until fiction author Donita K. Paul established Appreciate a Dragon Day in 2004. It’s a special day to reflect on all the dragons that have made a positive impact on your life and made you the person you are today. Whether you’d like to give some recognition to Smaug from The Hobbit, Saphira from Eragon, or Toothless from the How to Train Your Dragon series, celebrate this holiday with some dragon snacks. These Mini Dragon Eggs from Just a Pinch are a great option.

January 18: National Gourmet Coffee Day 

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Ah, coffee. The life-giving beverage that winds up our metaphorical springs each day of the workweek. If you owe your productivity and good humor to the mystical powers of this bittersweet beverage, show your appreciation on National Gourmet Coffee Day. Be aware, though, that this isn’t the day to power up with a regular cup of coffee. The best way to observe this holiday is to make a trip to a coffee shop you’ve never tried before, or pick up an artisanal blend from a local grocery store or specialty store. If you’re wondering what exactly constitutes gourmet coffee, you can learn more here.

January 19: Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday

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While he’s best known for his frequently parodied poem, “The Raven,” Edgar Allan Poe is a favorite among aficionados of horror and Victoriana for his macabre tales of love, revenge, and the supernatural. A unique tradition honoring the author originated in Baltimore, MD, the site of both his birth and burial. In the 1940s, a mysterious stranger began visiting Poe’s grave on his birthday, toasting him with a bottle of cognac and laying roses on his resting place. No one ever discovered his identity, but everyone felt his absence when he disappeared.

The Maryland Historical Society has chosen others to take his place in later years, which you can read more about here. Unless you’re a truly die-hard fan, you probably won’t be making a pilgrimage to Poe’s actual gravesite. However, you can still host your own “Poe Toaster” event by inviting friends and family to join you in toasting the author with the beverage of your choice and reading a few poems aloud.

January 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day 

Sure, we all get frustrated with squirrels when they dart out into the middle of the road, forcing us to bring our cars to a screeching halt to avoid hitting them. One look at their adorable little faces, though, and we realize that it was worth it. These mischievous critters deserve some love for their ingenuity, and what better day to express your appreciation than Squirrel Appreciation Day? Show the squirrels in your life how much you care by building them this easy DIY Squirrel Feeder

January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

Cats are mysterious creatures. If you own a cat or know a cat, you probably often find yourself wishing that they would be more upfront about their feelings rather than spontaneously knocking your personal items off the dresser. However, if you want the cats in your life to open up to you, it may be up to you to make the first move.

National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day is an excellent opportunity for you and your cat friends to start communicating better. The more a cat knows about you, the more willing they’ll be to share their feelings in the future. If you’re not sure where to start, this article has plenty of common questions your cat might want you to answer.

January 27:  Lewis Carroll’s Birthday 

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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson penned many treatises as a mathematician, but most of us know him as Lewis Carroll, author of the beloved children’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Half-fantasy, half-brain teaser, these books follow the whimsical journey of a seven-year-old girl through a purposefully nonsensical environment filled with unpredictable characters. Of all Alice’s strange encounters, the most memorable has to be the chaotic tea party hosted by the Mad Hatter. What better way to observe Carroll’s birthday than with a Mad Hatter Tea Party of your own?

January 28: Pride and Prejudice is Published in 1813

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For Jane Austen fans, the bad news is that her birthday was last month; the deceptively satirical author was born on December 16. The good news is that there’s another Austen holiday coming up in January: the anniversary of the publication of her most well-known work of fiction, Pride and Prejudice. You can celebrate by rereading the novel or watching one of its many adaptations. If you’re really looking to get into the spirit of the occasion, you might also consider hosting a Jane Austen Tea Party for your fellow Janeites. After all, according to Austen’s Emma, “One cannot have too large a party.”

January 30: National Croissant Day 

If any baked good deserves its own holiday, it’s buttery, flaky croissants. Lucky for us, that holiday is coming up! To celebrate, try baking a batch of croissants at home with this surprisingly quick and easy croissant recipe from Home Cooking Adventure. If you don’t feel up to the task, you can still get creative in the kitchen with store-bought croissants. Turn them into delicious croissant sandwiches with this chicken salad recipe from Oh, Sweet Basil.

January 31: National Hot Chocolate Day

This may be the last day of January, but odds are we’ll still have quite a few more weeks of winter ahead of us. An excellent way to fortify ourselves against the chilly weather is to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day! Enjoy a cup of rich, hot-chocolatey goodness at home, or venture out into the cold to visit your favorite coffee shop. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even check out this spiked hot chocolate recipe! According to this article, this holiday is not to be confused with National Cocoa Day, which is observed on December 13. 

We hope these unique holidays brighten up your January! Remember, though, you don’t need a specific reason to create a moment worth remembering. Even if none of these January holidays appeal to you, there are still plenty of ways that you can turn a humdrum winter day into something special. Plan a fun day trip, cook a great meal for your friends and family, or surprise your loved ones with a gift to let them know how much you care. Need some ideas? Check out the rest of our blog or browse our shop