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When you think about it, January is a lot like Monday morning. Four to five months of winter, snow, cold and ice and no real three-day weekends until Memorial Day at the end of May. Unless you work at a bank where there is a three day weekend once a month.

You can thank Numa Pompilius for adding January to the end of what was then a ten-month Roman calendar in 700 B.C.

The Romans eventually moved January to the first month of the year and making it a 30-day month.

In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar added one more day making January a 31-day month.

As nasty as January is, there are some cool facts and dates you probably didn’t realize. Here are a few.

Fun Facts About January

  • Anglo-Saxons called January the “Wolf Month” because it was the time that wolves came down from the mountains in search of food.
  • The Snowdrop and Carnation are the flower symbols of January.
  • Garnet is the January gemstone that represents “consistency.” Consistently cold that is.
  • If you were born between (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) you are a Capricorn and Aquarius if born between (Jan. 20 and Feb. 18). Now I can’t get that, “dawning of the age of Aquarius out of my head.”
  • Thomas Paine’s well-known book, “The Common Sense” was published on January 10, 1776.
  • The “League of Nations,” the forerunner to the United Nations was established on January 10, 1920. It ceased activity after failing to prevent World War II. The UN we know today was established in 1945.
  • January is also National Blood Donor Month and that seems appropriate along with Christmas bills.
  • January is Braille Literacy Month
  • If you have a hobby good for you. January is National Hobby Month.
  • What tastes better on a cold winter’s day than a hot, steaming bowl of soup? Enjoy National Soup Month.
  • How are those resolutions going? January is National Staying Healthy Month.
  • Utah became the 45th state in the union on January 4, 1896.
  • Elvis Presley was born on January 8th.
  • The third Monday of January is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Some Final Thoughts

At least we have the college football National Championships, but other than that not much going on in January. The Super Bowl is in February.

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training camps in Florida and Arizona in February.

So, Happy January. Think positive – only 7-8 more months till summer.

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