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January Holidays & Quirky Celebrations (2024)

January Holidays and Quirky Celebrations

If years of COVID lockdowns taught us anything, it’s the value of celebrating the small things in life. Toilet paper. Grocery Pickup. Sunny days. Face time. Birds singing outside your window.

That’s not a bad way to live, if you ask me. Sure, I’m ready to ditch the masks, plan a trip, and get back to “life as normal” ASAP. But I want to carry the gratitude, the joy for living, and the small-win celebrations with me.

To that end, I plan to publish a list of national holidays and quirky celebration every month this year, with links to related resources and ideas for making every month more memorable. Here’s the list for January.

January holidays and quirky celebrations

January 1

January 2

  • International Stop Spam DayIf I could ever find a way to stop it completely, you better believe I’d be celebrating!
  • National Science Fiction DayWhy not mark this day by beginning a Sci-Fi read aloud or watching a Sci-Fi movie?
  • National Cream Puff Day
  • Swiss Cheese Daycelebrate by fashioning your very own charcuterie board, using Swiss cheese as the centerpiece
  • World Introvert DayMaybe celebrate this one quietly. At home. Alone. 😂
  • National Buffet Day
  • Run it up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day This day isn’t about saluting an actual flag, but about sharing new ideas and seeing if anyone latches on.

    US Pledge and Anthem

January 3

  • Chocolate Covered Cherry Daymy Mema’s favorite treat… at least one grandchild gave her a box every Christmas
  • National Drinking Straw DayOur family’s favorite? Reusable, clear glass smoothie straws.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien Day a great time to start reading (or re-reading) The Lord of the Rings
  • National Weigh-In Daystep on the scale and get a baseline for the year
  • National Write to Congress Day
  • Festival of Sleep Day This would be a great time to read Don & Audrey Wood’s picture book classic, The Napping House.

January 4

January 5

  • National Keto Day
  • National Whipped Cream Day
  • National Bird DayOur National bird is, of course, the American Bald Eagle. I don’t have a printable for that (yet), but do have a full collection of State Birds you may download for free.

    State Bird Coloring Pages

January 6

  • National Bean DayHow about a piping bowl of Taco Soup to celebrate Bean Day? Made with five different kinds of canned beans, it’s super quick and easy to mix up.
  • Cuddle Up DayThere’s a lot of leeway on this one: You can snuggle up with a spouse, a child, a pet, a good book, or a cup of hot soup. Which will you choose?
  • National Technology Day
  • National Take Down the Christmas Tree DayTime to clear away the last of those Christmas decorations!
  • Epiphany DayAlso known as Three Kings Day, this signals the last of the 12 Days of Christmas. How about marking the official end of the Christmas season with a trivia test like our What Child is This quiz?

    What Child is This Printable Christmas Quiz

    12 Days of Christmas Playing Cards - Free Printable

January 7

  • Static Electricity Day This simple science experiment will impress your kids by demonstrating static electricity with common household objects you’re sure to have on hand.
  • National Old Rock DayRock painting would be a fun activity for this wacky holiday. When you’re finished, you can hide them at a local park or playground for somebody else to find (or use them to create any of these super rad rock crafts).

    Rock Craft Roundup

January 8

  • National Clean Off Your Desk Day (second Monday in January) – Don’t you love the luxury of a neat, orderly, well-stocked desk? Today’s the day to make it a reality!
  • National Bubble Bath DayWhat better excuse do you need to take a long soak in a hot tub?
  • National English Toffee DayI love toffee, especially when it’s buried under a thick coat of chocolate. (Sounds like just the thing to enjoy while soaking in that bubble bath.)
  • World Typing DayLooking for an economical and effective way to teach your kids keyboarding skills? Try Typing Instructor Gold. My kids love it!
  • Argyle DayIf you own any argyle scarves, socks, or sweaters, today’s the day to wear them!
  • National Winter Skin Relief DayApply liberal amounts of moisturizer.

January 9

  • National Poetry at Work Day (second Tuesday of January)
  • National Apricot DayA good day for snacking on apricots, fresh, frozen, canned, or dried.
  • National Static Electricity Day – Time to blow up balloons, rub them on our heads, and stick them to the walls.
  • International Choreographers DayWatch some dance videos (like these adorable reels my friend and her son posted on Instagram) and try to learn a few new steps yourself.
  • L.E.A.D.: National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day If ever police officers deserve some extra appreciation, it’s now. Show them some love by sending them a thank you note or dropping a big batch of cookies off at your local law enforcement station. And don’t forget to keep Praying for the Police while you’re at it!
  • National Word Nerd DayThe perfect occasion for playing Bananagrams, Scrabble, Boggle, or some other wordy nerdy game 😊


January 10

  • National Take the Stairs Day (second Wednesday of January) – A smart way to get in some extra exercise!
  • Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • Peculiar People Day This is a label we should wear gladly, in light of 1 Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
  • National Cut Your Energy Costs DayBrainstorm new ways your family might conserve energy.
  • Houseplant Appreciation DayTalk to your plants. Voice to them yourself how much you appreciate them. The carbon-dioxide in your breath will do them good.


January 11

  • Healthy Weight, Healthy Look Day (second Thursday of January) – Ditch the fad diets in favor of lifestyle changes that will help you reach and maintain these goals.
  • National Milk DayHow about a nice cold glass of milk with some warm chocolate chip cookies?
  • Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
  • National Arkansas Day
  • Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day Stomping through puddles and getting people wet doesn’t seem like a very friendly thing to do, unless you’re about three years old. But there’s a special day set aside for just such an activity, nevertheless.
  • Secret Pal Day
  • World Sketchnote Day

January 12

  • National Pharmacist DayIf you have to visit your pharmacist very often, you might benefit from our “Keeping Track of Medications” chart.
  • Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution DayKeep up the good work, commit yourself anew, or make a few belated resolutions if you haven’t already doen so. Our Goal Setting Worksheets can help you think through changes you’d like to make. And our Free Printable Habit Trackers can help keep you on course.

    Free Printable Habit Tracker Collection

  • Curried Chicken DayYum!
  • Work Harder Day – Do your chores heartily and cheerfully! This free coloring page celebrates the value of hard work
  • National Hot Tea DayHere’s a fun Tea Time Trivia Test to enjoy while you let your tea cool down a bit. Wouldn’t want to scorch your tongue on this, one of our favorite January holidays!

    Books and Tea: Free Printable Tea Time Trivia Quiz

January 13

  • Make Your Dream Come True DayYour best hope for realizing your dreams? Set small, specific goals and work steadily toward making what you hope for a reality.
  • Public Radio Broadcasting DayIf you live in East Texas, this would be a great day to visit the Texas Broadcast Museum in Kilgore.
  • National Rubber Ducky Day
  • National Sticker DayDid you know we offer lots of free printable stickers on this website? We do!

    Valentine Stickers

January 14

  • World Logic Day
  • Dress Up Your Pet DaySadly, this doesn’t work very well for goldfish.
  • Take a Missionary to Lunch Day
  • International Kite Day“Let’s go fly a kite up to the highest height. Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring!”
  • Organize Your Home DayTackle the area that bugs you most, declutter, clean, tidy it up, and brainstorm ways to make it more functional. Here are 50 Simple Organizational Tips to help you get started

    50 Ways to Get Organized

January 15

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday of January) – We offer lots of free printable resources for MLK Day. Check them out!

    MLK Day Printables

  • National Day of Service (third Monday of January)
  • Elementary School Teacher Day (third Monday of January) – How about sending these Teacher Appreciation Gifts to school with your children today?
  • Humanitarian Day
  • National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • National Hat Day
  • National Fresh-Squeezed Juice DayJust the thing to drink with your bagel (see below).
  • National Bagel DayOur family celebrates this one almost weekly, by meeting friends at Einstein’s every Sunday after church. If you’re a frequent bagel customer, too, be sure to sign up for Einstein’s free Schmear Society. Rewards add up fast.

    bagel sandwich

January 16

  • Religious Freedom Day
  • Book Publisher’s Day
  • International Hot & Spicy Food Day
  • Appreciate a Dragon DayThis would be a perfect time to watch (or re-watch) How to Train Your Dragon (or read the book)..
  • National Nothing DayI can think of absolutely nothing to do on this bizarre January holiday!
  • National Good Teen DayContrary to naysayers who treat teenagers as an affliction to be endured, we’ve had wonderful teens that have filled our home with love and laughter. Teens do need lots of prayer, though, and they appreciate it when we treat them like the young adults they are becoming.

    10 Things Your Teenager Hates

January 17

  • Ditch New Years Resolutions DayForget celebrating this one. You’re not going to give up less than three weeks in to the new year, are you? Instead of ditching your resolutions, double down on them with these 7 Tips for Reaching Your Goals.
  • Cable Car Day
  • Kid Inventors’ Day
  • Benjamin Franklin DayHere’s a Ben Franklin Quote Coloring Page to help you celebrate Ben’s birthday.

    Liberty for Safety Coloring Page

January 18

  • Thesaurus DayAs a writer, I find a good thesaurus indispensable, so I’m happy to hear this reference book has its very own holiday.
  • Winnie the Pooh DayThis is the birthday of Winnie’s author A.A. Milne. Why not celebrate by reading a couple of his children’s stories about Pooh and his friends?
  • Maintence Day
  • National Gourmet Coffee DayI dislike the taste and smell of coffee, but if coffee’s your thing, knock yourself out today!

January 19

  • National Popcorn DayThis would be a great time to enjoy a big bowl of hot popcorn (go easy on the butter). Did you know popcorn counts as a whole grain food?
  • Good Memory Day
  • Gun Appreciation Day
  • New Friends Day
  • National Tin Can DayCelebrate this holiday by up-cycling a tin can or two. Here are 7 of the Savviest Repurposing Projects I’ve ever seen.

    Tin Can Recycling Projects

January 20

  • National Use Your Gift Card Day (third Saturday of January) – Don’t let the languish in your wallet… spend them, as was intended!
  • National Buttercrunch Day
  • National Cheese Lover Day Chips and queso, anyone?
  • Penguin Awareness DayTake a few minutes to watch a video of some super cute penguins, like this one:

January 21

  • National Sanctity of Human Life Day (third Sunday in January) – President Ronald Reagan set aside this day as a way “to bring awareness to the attacks that are daily waged against human life through the abortion industry.”
  • World Snow Day (third Sunday of January) – If you happen to have snow today, try some of our favorite snowy activities to make the most of it.
  • National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Sunday nearest to Jan.22) – A somber day mourning the loss of all babies who have lost their life to abortion since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973
  • National Hugging DayI once read people need at least seven hugs a day to stay healthy. And, in case you didn’t get enough cuddling in on the sixth, today’s hugs will help keep you healthy — and warm!.
  • National Granola Bar Day
  • One Liners Day
  • International Playdate Day
  • National Hugging DayI’ve heard it takes seven hugs a day to stay healthy. Are you helping folks around you reach their quota?
  • National New England Clam Chowder Day
  • Own Your Own Home Day
  • Squirrel Appreciation DayOur family has always loved squirrels, but we learned to appreciate them even more after raising a couple ourselves. Here’s how we did it:

January 22

  • National Blonde Brownie DayI much prefer chocolate brownies, but everyone is entitled to her own opinion, I guess. If you like to leave the cocoa out of your baking, this holiday is for you!
  • Celebration of Life Day
  • National Polka Dot Day
  • National Hot Sauce Day

January 23

  • Speak Up and Succeed Day (fourth Tuesday of January)
  • Measure Your Feet DayWhenever my kids had a growth spurt, their feet were the first things to get big. That has always been the tell-tale sign. We offer several styles of free printable growth charts. This holiday makes me wish I’d included a shoe-size column, as well.
  • National Handwriting DayWe offer lots of free copywork printables kids can use to practice their penmanship
  • National Pie DayIf you, like I, have sworn to cut down on sugar in the new year, you may want to celebrate this day with a savory pie instead of a sweet one. Chicken Pot Pie is one of our family’s favorite — and is quick and easy to make.

    Super Easy Chicken Pot Pie

January 24

  • Library Shelfie Day (fourth Wednesday of January)
  • Compliment Day
  • Global Belly Laugh DayTake turns telling jokes today. One great source: Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
  • National “Just Do It” Day – Break the task down into manageable chunks and track your progress this our handy chart.

    Progress Tracking Chart

  • National Compliment Day
  • Macintosh Computer Day
  • National Peanut Butter DayServe up some PB&Js for lunch or bake a batch of our 10-Minute Peanut Butter Cookies

    10-Minute Peanut Butter Cookies

January 25

  • Clashing Clothes Day (fourth Thursday of January)
  • Opposite Day
  • Fluoride DayTake good care of your teeth. Our dental hygiene chart can help.

    Free Dental Health Habits Chart

January 26

  • National Preschool Health and Fitness Day (last Friday of January) – Check out these ideas for encouraging creativity in active preschoolers.
  • National Green Juice DayKiwi and kale juice, anyone?
  • Australia Day
  • Peanut Brittle Day
  • International Customs Day
  • National Spouse Day The Bible’s instruction to married couples? “Husband, Love Your Wife” and “Wife, Respect Your Husband.” Today would be a good time to check in and ask how well you’re doing in this endeavor. And maybe even go on a date night.

    30-Day Respect Challenge

January 27

  • World Breast Pumping Day
  • National Geographic Day
  • Punch the Clock Day
  • Chocolate Cake DayBake one to celebrate. You’ll find our favorite recipe for celebrating this holiday here: Texas Sheet Cake.

    Nana's Texas Sheet Cake

January 28

  • National Blueberry Pancake Day
  • Daisy Day
  • Thank a Plug-In Developer Day
  • Data Privacy Day
  • National Kazoo Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Global Community Engagement DayOne of the best ways I know of being engaged in your community? Reaching out to the people who live near you. Here are 25 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor.

    25 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

January 29

January 30

  • National Plan for a Vacation Day (last Tuesday of January) – Check out these websites for help in vacation planning.They’ve always been a huge help to me.
  • National Inane Answering Message Day
  • Yodel for Your Neighbors DayIn case you didn’t get your fill of singing Christmas carols from door to door last month, there’s this January holiday to scratch the serenading your neighbors itch!
  • National Escape Day

January 31

  • National Hot Cocoa Day
  • Backward Day
  • Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
  • Scotch Tape Day
  • Eat Brussels Sprouts Day – If you don’t think you like this good-for-you vegetable, try our recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Delicious!

    Brussels Sprouts for Kids who Hate Brussels Sprouts

Week-long Celebrations in the Month of January

First Week of January

  • New Year’s Resolutions WeekUncertain what goals should make your New Year list? Here are 10 Resolutions We All Should Make
  • National Thank Your Customers Week
  • Lose Weight, Feel Great Week
  • Celebration of Life Week

Second Week of January

  • National Pizza Week
  • Home Office Safety and Security Week
  • Universal Letter Writing Week

Third Week of January

  • National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week
  • Hunt for Happiness Week
  • Healthy Weight Week

Fourth Week of January

  • International Hot Air Balloon Week
  • National School Choice Week – When considering which school to choose, don’t overlook educating your kids at home. Homeschooling makes sense for a lot of reasons. Here are the ones that top our list:

    Why Homeschool -

Special observances that last the entire month of January

January is the month we observe…

  • Bath Safety MonthRub-a-Dub-Dub… don’t slip in the tub!
  • Blood Donor MonthGive the gift of life!
  • Brain Teaser MonthI love brain teasers and work a sudoku puzzle almost daily. My favorite are the Brain Game Sudoku books, because the spiral-bound pages lay flat and the large print is easy to read, with plenty of space in each square for making notes.
  • Braille Literacy Month
  • Mentoring Month Having trouble finding a good mentor? Here are a few good places to find one.
  • National Hobby MonthMaybe pick up a brand new hobby this year?
  • National Slow Cooking MonthWant something fast and easy but nutritious to pop into your crockpot? Check out Kelly McNelis’s No-Cook Freezer Meal Cookbook.
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month Enjoy a big, hot bowl of our Creamy Potato, Hearty Minestrone, or Garlicky Lentils.

That ends my list of January Holidays. For more posts in this series, please follow this link: Monthly Holidays & Quirky Celebrations And to keep the fun going through every season of life, check out our family fun bundle. It’s packed with practical ways to nurture family relationships and make the most of daily interactions all year long.

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