Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome January 2011!!!


I hope you all had a wonderful evening last night...

Not only is it a start of a new year it's also the start of another new month ~ January ~ so that means it's time for more monthly/weekly/daily observances!

Random thought....While I was wandering around looking for January holidays/observances I realized just how many things are going on each day.  In some cases only 3-4 but on other days there were as many as 10-15 different things to think about, celebrate or whatever. (Note: I only included a few for each day...if I listed them all this post would be pages and pages long)  Makes you wonder why the people inventing these events don't look for a month or day that has little or nothing going on that day doesn't it?!? 


Flower of the month:
Carnation, Snowdrop.

Zodiac Signs:
Capricorn / The Goat / Dec. 22 - Jan. 19 
Aquarius Jan. 20 thru Feb 20

Garnet - Meaning: Constancy

Month Long Observances:

Celebrate the Past Month
International Creativity Month (YES!!)
International Printing Month
March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Book Month
National Eye Health Care
National Hobby Month (Woo Hooo!!)
National Letter Writing Month*
National Polka Month
National Stamp Collectors Month
(think that means us??? LOL!!)
National Staying Healthy Month
National Thank You Month
Personal Self-Defense Month
Volunteer Blood Donor Month

Daily Observances

January 1
 Australian Commonwealth Anniversary
New Years Day
US Bowling Day

January 2
National Cream Puff Day
Science Fiction Day
Swiss Cheese Day

January 3
JRR Tolken's B-Day (1892)
National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
Women Rock Day! (Yes we do!!)

January 4
Appendectomy Day
(Let's all run right out and get one?!?!?!)
National Spaghetti Day
Trivia Day

January 5
Bozo the Clown's B-Day
National Bird Day
National Second Hand Wardrobe Day
National Whip Cream Day

January 6
Bean Day
Epiphany or Twelfth Night
National Smith Day
(this is a day to give everyone with the name of Smith a hug)

January 7
Fruitcake Toss Day
Old Rock Day

January 8
Bubble Bath Day
National English Toffee Day (mmmm)
National Show & Tell Day
Women's Day

January 9
Aviation in America Day
National Apricot Day
National Clean Off your Desk Day
World Nerd Day

January 10
Peculiar People Day

January 11
Hot Toddy Day
International Thank You Day
Milk Day
Secret Pal Day

January 12
National Handwriting Day!!
(It would be nice if we would all write a letter today!)

January 13
International Sceptics Day
Make Your Dreams Come True Day
Rubber Duckie Day

January 14
National Dress Up Your Pet Day
Penguin Awareness Day

January 15
Elementary School Teacher Day
Martin Luther King Jr B-Day
National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
(Have you squeezed your furit lately???)

January 16
International Hot & Spicy Food Day
(mmmm - Sounds delish!)
National Fig Newton Day
National Nothing Day

January 17
Ben Franklin Day (1706)
Customer Service Day
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
(mmmm ~ Yum!)

January 18
Maintenance Day
Winnie-the-Pooh Day!!!!
(WooHoo!!! Gotta love that little bear and all his friends!)

January 19
Brew a Potion Day
Hat Day
(I love hats!  I wish it were more popular here in the US.)
International Sing Out Day
National Popcorn Day!!
New Friend Day
(hmmmm I need to do something for this day!)

January 20
Cheese Day
National Buttercrunch Day
(mmm - two very good things to celebrate - LOL!!)

January 21
National Hugging Day
Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 22
National Blonde Brownie Day
National Polka Dot Day!

January 23
Compliment Day
Pie Day
(mmmmm who doesn't love some sort of pie?)
Spouse's Day

January 24
Eskimo Pie Day (1919)
Just Do It Day
National Peanut Butter Day

January 25
Fun at Work Day
National Opposite Day
(Hmm, that explaines the Fun at Work Day huh?  lol!!)

January 26
Australia Day (1788)
Clashing Cloths Day
Disneyland Founded!! (1954)
National Peanut Brittle Day
Television's B-day

January 27
Chocolate Cake Day
Mad Tea Party Day
(Lewis Carroll's B-Day)
National Toilet Day
(no comment)

January 28
Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
Daisy Day
National Blueberry Pancake Day
National Kazoo Day

January 29
Carnation Day
National Corn Chip Day
National Puzzle Day

January 30
Jazz Day

January 31
Backward Day
Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
(I think we do that every day!)

Now to help welcome in the new year and January I'm going to be giving away a set of Autumn Leaves stamps called Messy Dates.  It contains the months, days, and a variety of numerals so you can stamp your very own calendar!

messy dates

To enter to win simply cast a vote for your favorite January observance/holiday.
You have until 1-14-11 to enter.

Happy January Everyone!!!


  1. LOL! I think my favorite January observance would have to be the 13th, Make your dreams come true day and Rubber duckie day because it's also my birthday! I didn't know I shared my day with the rubber duckies! Too funny!

  2. January 27
    Chocolate Cake Day
    Mad Tea Party Day
    (Lewis Carroll's B-Day)
    National Toilet Day

    Love Lewis Carroll, going to plan something fun for my seniors' English class that day. Most of them do not know Lewis Carroll just the Disney movie. I think I'll pass out some of the riddles from his book for them, and since it is also Chocolate Cake Day I might bring some of that and some tea too!

  3. Favorite Holidays: Fruitcake Toss Day on the 7th; Penguin Awareness Day on the 14th; and Squirrel Appreciation Day on the 21st. What a great list! Thanks for the chance to win a great prize--love those stamps! Anne, yourmainestamper

  4. I would have to say Jan 25th "Fun at Work Day". If I can't be at home being creative, then I think that the next best thing would be to have more fun at work. ;-)

  5. it would have to be national popcorn day - my favorite food!

  6. How could anything be better than National Pie Day.

  7. National Apricot Day (Jan. 9) would have to be my favorite. It reminds me of an apricot tree that grew over my grandma's fence. Apricots were the catalyst to a lovely friendship with her elderly neighbor and a seasonal opportunity to watch my grandma can apricots in her kitchen.

  8. Luv this give away. I'm from Winnipeg so let's hear it for Jan. 18th and Winnie-the-Pooh Day

  9. what a great post!! There is a mag (don't know the name) that has a special section for lesser known observances...Like talk like a pirate day!!

  10. I would have to pick the 11th and the 15th because they are my brothers' birthdays. Where would I be without them?

  11. would just have to be Jan. 6! National Smith Day! My daughters married name and my two beautiful grand daughters last name!

  12. Happy New year my friend! Here is to a creative day for us both!

  13. Well, mine is a tie between Woman's Day on the 8th, because that also happens to be my Anniversary and the 16th for Fig Newton Day....I Love Both!!!

    Hugs Patti

  14. Well, mine is a tie between Woman's Day on the 8th, because that also happens to be my Anniversary and the 16th for Fig Newton Day....I Love Both!!!

    Hugs Patti

  15. National Pie Day and Mad Tea Party Day. I want to celebrate them on the same day!!!!
    Thank you for the chance to win.


  16. well Jan 6th is my sis's that is the most fun I have in Jan lol...but luv luv matter what ..I can never top christmas. but if I have to choose...CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY calls my name! xo cher

  17. I am going to have to go with January 28th Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day! Even little kids love bubble wrap. It is so fun to pop those little bubbles and now we have a day to celebrate and pop bubbles to our hearts content! Sweet! Lol.

  18. I am going to have to go with January 27 Mad Tea Party day - it sounds like so much fun!
    Sandra ltb

  19. Loving all this January information. Thanks for sharing. Happy January 2011 to you...

  20. I like bean day on the 6th! I think I'll plan to fix a crockpot of pinquito beans that day.... Love them! They are a local specialty grown in the Santa Maria, CA area where I'm from.

  21. My favorite is January 20-
    Cheese Day-I love cheese and it's also my Birthday. But really lots of great days in January

  22. It would be January 28(National Blueberry Pancake Day)
    I luv Blueberry Pancake.:)

  23. Hmm...mine isn't on the list, but it exists! It's January 3 - Memento Mori day! It reminds us to live to the fullest (Eat, Drink & be merry!)cuz you-know-what happens at the end! :OD


  24. Jan 10th for me - my son's birthday but definitely peculiar people day - that includes all of us doesn't it.
    Happy New Year.

  25. I would have to say Elementary Teacher Day since I am one! Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Happy New Year!! I love this post!! I remember last years Calendar..can't wait to get started again.

    My favorite day...? I loved a lot of them. But think January oldest brother's b-day and NOTHING DAY!..If I don't have to do anything else..I CAN craft all day long!! That would be a dream-come-true day!!

  27. So cool! Didn't realize there was so many celebrated days in January! I would have to pick the Jan. 6th Smith Day! My maiden name was Smith! So hug me! Pick me!

  28. Has to be National Spaghetti Day on the 4th. Runner up would be peanut butter Day. (no, I don't eat them together!)

  29. My vote would have to go with Cheese Day, with any other day dealing with chocolate coming in second. If I had to choose only two foods to eat for the rest of of my life it would be cheese and chocolate. :)

  30. January 15 - Martin Luther King Day

    I live in the one of the last states to recognize Dr. King for all of the things that he did for equality among all races.

  31. This is my first visit to your blog, and I have put it in my reader subscriptions! I'm looking forward to seeing lots more! My favorite January day is, New Years! Because it is my birthday. I was 57 this year! I love having my birthday on New Years, there's always a party somewhere and I never have to work on my birthday! Loved reading about all the special days in January!

  32. If I can only pick one-I would have to say today - 3rd I love Choc. Covered Cherries & of course Women Rock.

    I have a friend who would say 21st cause a group of her work buddies celebrate "Squirrel Appreciation Day"
    how fun this would be to see every month- even without a prize giveaway. Thank you & hope I am a winner.

    ( also an A.T.T. member)

  33. Well I should pick January 1. As I told my kids this year We celebrated 37 blissful years of marriage on that day.No the kids didn't beleive the blissful part either.So I'll pick January 10th Peculiar people day(though I do love bubble wrap)hmmmm.Maybe I'm peculiar

  34. Thank you for sharing those, that was so much fun to read through. It is really hard to pick just one but I am going to force myself to go with Make Your Dreams Come True. Congrats on the PageRank that is very cool - your site is one that I try to visit every day -I ran across it about a year ago on Tim Holtz's site - loved the name and now you are in my favorites. You have inspired me more times than I can count. Thank you and congrats - Happy New Year.

  35. January 10
    My birthday

  36. so many that could be my favorite day,but I'm singling out "International thank you day". I have made so many friends all over the world thru art, not to mention my extended family in France and I am forever grateful for the internet which has allowed me to know these amazing people!
    :)Linda K

  37. I've just started a journal and will be following along getting inspiration from your lovely backgrounds along the way. These stamps would certainly turn my mundane calendar pages into spectacular ones. Thanks for the chance to win these.

  38. January 20

    MY BIRTHDAY and, of course...
    Cheese Day
    National Buttercrunch Day

  39. I always loved hat day, because people wear the most outrageous looking hats and it's great to see them! :)

  40. We have so many birthdays in January. I think everyone getting together for dinner would be my favorite!!

  41. I have to go with January birthday!!!! I didn't realize there were so many fun days in January! Happy New Year!!

  42. I would have to say January 15, because it is my wedding anniversary! Does that count!!! But I do like fresh squeezed juice too!

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  43. I love the sounds of these ones:
    National Cream Puff Day
    National English Toffee Day
    National Blonde Brownie Day
    National Peanut Brittle Day
    Chocolate Cake Day
    And now I'm getting hungry!

  44. that is crazy!! who knew so much was happening?! my favorites were clean off your desk (cuz mine never stays that way), polka dot, and blueberry pancake days!!

  45. national nothing day does it for me!

  46. The 29th, it's my husbands birthday and also National Corn Chip day, yummm, corn chips

  47. Who knew there was a "bubble wrap appreciation day"? Thanks for the list, & thanks for including Australia Day too :) As for National Toilet Day, where would we be without them LOL. Happy New Year to you :)

  48. I'm going for National Popcorn Day. I love popcorn!

  49. Okay, I just have to cast a vote for Jan. 31, Backwards day...because, how funny is that?!!!

  50. National Hobby Month! Now I have an excuse to hide out in my craft room. Isn't it my obligation to observe the national holidays? Now this is my favorite month and holiday!

  51. Wow, my favorite January observance gotta be January 13 --
    Make Your Dreams Come True Day!

    Will my dreams of winning the Messy Dates stamp set come true soon???

  52. How about:
    January ...
    3rd - Women's Rock Day...YES we do!
    4th - Nat'l Spaghetti favorite meal...yum, yum!
    8th - Bubble Bath Day - What child /woman doesn't like to take a bubble bath...,I did today!
    13th - Make your dreams come true...I am taking class all day with a favorite blogger...can't wait!
    21st - Nat'l Hugging Day...everyday is hugging day to me!
    23rd - Spouse Day - Randy might say everyday is spouse day..he's goes each way!!!!
    24th - Eskimo Pie Day...I wonder if my dogs Eskimo & Pie would be included?
    25th - Fun @ Wrk Day - Only if we get to wear jeans
    on that day!

    GOsh there were a lot of great days to celebrate...thanks for the list!


Thanks for your thoughts and comments!