10 Events and Holidays to Recognize in January

Marking January events, from New Year's Day to Puzzle Day

By Jennifer Sheran, publisher Macaroni Kid McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove December 29, 2021

We made it through 2021, a roller coaster of a year. Hopefully the ride slows down for all of us in 2022. 

We are easing into the new year with our families by marking these 10 events and holidays happening in January. We hope some of them give your family reason to celebrate and laugh together too, while others inspire you, and also give room for thoughtful family discussions on things like: How can YOU make a positive difference in our world in 2022?

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1. New Year's Day

We are ringing in 2022 with feelings of gratitude, along with hope for a brighter year ahead. Jan. 1. Our favorite way to spend the first day of the new year is together at home. I like to encourage the kids to identify one or two goals they want to work on this year and we talk about what they need to do to achieve those goals. Personally, I spend some time reviewing and setting goals and intentions for the Essential Eight Areas of Life: Health & Wellness, Fun & Recreation, Physical Environment, Finance, Career & Work, Romance, Relationships, Personal Growth.

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2. Cuddle Up Day

Baby, it's cold outside. Put on your pajamas, throw on a movie, grab a favorite blanket, and cuddle up with your whole family to celebrate. Jan. 6

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3. Dress Up Your Pet Day

Dress up your dog, goat, guinea pig, or cat. Pets aren't cooperative? Paint your kids' faces as their favorite animal. Jan. 11

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4. Kid Inventors' Day

What do televisions, water skis, and earmuffs have in common? They were all invented by kids! More than 500,000 children and teens invent gadgets and games each year. Held each year on Benjamin Franklin's birthday (he invented the first swim flippers at age 12). Jan. 17

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5. Ditch Your Resolutions Day

This is one day we're planning on NOT taking part in! Studies show that most people ditch their resolutions by Jan. 17

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6. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Celebrate the life of the great leader of the Civil Rights movement by doing something to effect positive change in your community today. Jan. 17

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7. Popcorn Day

We're popping with excitement for Popcorn Day! Check out our list of yummy popcorn seasonings and mix-ins! Jan. 19

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8. National Hugging Day

Kevin Zaborney invented this holiday in 1986 to encourage family and friends to hug more often. There are many actual health benefits to hugging, including that it releases oxytocin, a hormone associated with feelings of happiness. Jan. 21

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9. International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On this annual day of commemoration, the United Nations urges all to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum offers excellent resources on learning more. Jan. 27

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10. National Puzzle Day

Gather the family 'round and work on a puzzle on National Puzzle Day. Doing puzzles together makes for great family time! Jan. 29