Friday, January 3, 2014

Calendar Days—Holidays, Special Days & Downright Crazy Days in January

by Edie Melson

It's that time again—Calendar Days. I sure hope you all are enjoying this column as much as me. It's funny, as I research these each month, I think of so many of you.

And I can't help but giggle at the holidays that fall on or near the same date, like National Humiliation Day falls within the Someday We’ll Laugh About This Week.  And how National Pie Day is the same day as Women’s Healthy Weight Day. Did they even research this stuff?

I’m late this month because of the holidays, but I usually share this info on the last Thursday of every month. So be sure to drop by. Today I’m going to continue with the upcoming crazy and normal holidays in the month of January.

Using the calendar for blog post or even article ideas is a great way to jumpstart your creativity. It's also a fun writing prompt idea. 

Calendar days are also great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

January Holidays, Special Days & Downright Crazy Days

January is:
National Oatmeal Month
National Be On-purpose Month
International Brain Teaser Month
National Bath Safety Month
Hot Tea Month
National Blood Donor Month
National Braille Literacy Month
Be Kind to Servers Month
Brainteaser Month
Get Organized Month
Celebration of Life Month
Creativity Month
National Soup Month

Weekly Celebrations
Week 1:
Celebration of Life Week
Diet Resolution Week
Someday We’ll Laugh About This Week

Week 2:
Letter Writing Week
International 3-D Week

Week 3:
National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week

Week 4:
Clean Out Your inbox Week
No Name Calling Week
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week

Daily Celebrations
January 1
Bloody Mary Day
New Year’s Day
Z Day
Commitment Day
Polar Bar Swim Day

January 2
Happy Mew Year Day for Cats Day
Personal Trainer Awareness Day
Run Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
Science Fiction Day
National Motivation and Inspiration Day
Buffet Day
Cream Puff Day

January 3
Humiliation Day
Drinking Straw Day
J.R.R. Tolkein Day
Festival of Sleep day
Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
Fruitcake Toss Day

January 4
World Braille Day
Hypnotism Day
Pop Music Chart Day
Spaghetti Day
Tom Thumb Day
Trivia Day

January 5
Whipped Cream Day
National Bird Day

January 6
Bean Day
Shortbread Day
Epiphany or Twelfth Night or Three Kings Day
Cuddle Up Day
Apple Tree Day

January 7
I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore Day
Old Rock Day
Harlem Globetrotter’s Day
National Tempura Day

January 8
Bubble Bath Day
Argyle Day
National English Toffee Day
Show & Tell at Work Day
Joy Germ Day

January 9
Apricot Day
Play God Day
National Static Electricity Day

January 10
National Cut Your Energy Cost Day
League of Nations Day
Houseplant Appreciation Day
Bittersweet Chocolate Day
Peculiar People Day

January 11
Milk Day
Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Fruitcake Toss Day
Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

January 12
Marzipan Day
National Pharmacist Day

January 13
Peach Melba Day
National Clean Off Your Desk Day
Public Radio Broadcasting Day
Stephen Foster Day
International Skeptics Day
Make Your Dream Come True Day
Rubber Duckie Day

January 14
Dress Up Your Pet Day
Poetry at Work Day
Organize Your Home Day
Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

January 15
Strawberry Ice Cream Day
National Hat Day

January 16
International Hot and Spicy Food Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day
Appreciate a Dragon Day
National Nothing Day

January 17
Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day
Kid Inventors Day

January 18
Winnie the Pooh Day (Birthday of A.A. Milne)
Thesaurus Day
National Sanctity of Human Life Day

January 19
Tin Can Day
National Popcorn Day

January 20
Disc Jockey Day
Robert E Lee Day
National Buttercrunch Day
Cheese Lover Day
Day of Acceptance
Penguin Awareness Day
National Day of Service
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday (Third Monday of January)

January 21
Granola Bar Day
National Hugging Day
Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 22
Celebration of Life Day
National Blonde Brownie Day
Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

January 23
National Pie Day
National Handwriting Day
Women’s Healthy Weight Day
Measure Your Feet Day

January 24
National Peanut Butter Day
Belly Laugh Day
Beer Can Appreciation Day
National Compliment Day
Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day

January 25
Robert Burns Day
Irish Coffee Day
Macintosh Computer Day
A Room of One’s Own Day
Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day
National Seed Swap Day
Opposite Day

January 26
Spouse’s Day
National Peanut Brittle Day
World Leprosy Day

January 27
Chocolate Cake Day
Holocaust Memorial Day
Thomas Crapper Day
Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
Punch the Clock Day

January 28
Data Privacy Day
Blueberry Pancake Day
Fun at Work Day
National Kazoo Day

January 29
National Puzzle Day
National Cornchip Day
Free Thinkers Day
Curmudgeons Day

January 30
National Inane Answering Message Day
Croissant Day

January 31
Backward Day
Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Now let's do a little brainstorming for next month. What are some of your favorite days from the list and how do you propose using them?

Don't forget to join the conversation!


  1. What a delightful find! Thank you for the research and the chuckles.

    1. Tina, I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Blessings, E

  2. I look forward to these every month! Bummer - I was born on Humiliation Day??

    1. Sherry, don't feel bad. I was born on fruitcake toss day! Thanks for stopping by, Blessings, E

  3. Today is National Chocolate-covered cherry day? Sounds like a good excuse to indulge. :) As for Clean Off Your Desk Day, mine could definitely use it even if it's not as bad as the picture!!

    1. Ellen, there are lots of fun ones this month! Thanks for dropping in, Blessings, E

  4. I'm thinking these are great writing prompts for a fiction story. Take one day with several listings and write a story utilizing each of them for that day. Could do that with the list for the month of January (or whichever month), too. Great exercise and I might come up with a great story in the process. Thanks, Edie. You know I love fiction. Maybe you should try it, too. :)