It's January? So what? There's Still Plenty To Celebrate!

If you're anything like me, once January rolls around, you get a bit of a natural deflation. The Christmas and New Year Festivities are over, the Quality Street tin's almost empty and the decorations are about to come down, leaving the house a bit bare and empty. Yes, for many of us January can be a bit of a let-down. After all, it's about resolutions and that usually means denying ourselves something pleasurable, the weather's even colder and windier and the nights are long and drawn-out. And I reckon, right about now, we all need a bit of a pick-me-up. How about a nice hot cup of tea? Simple, soothing, comforting. And January just happens to be National Hot Tea Month. Well, at least it is in the United States. Of course, that's one of the very great things about life in the US – just about any date on the calendar has been declared a national day of something or other. And just because the United Kingdom hasn't done the same, I see no reason we should miss out!

I know, the irony of the US having a dedicated National Hot Tea Month, given the awful 'tea' they often serve up, isn't lost on me either. (Now, my American friends, this is not intended as an insult on your undoubtedly great nation, just accept that there is a very good reason why we Brits drinks nothing but coffee when we visit.) That aside, the idea of having a National Hot Tea Month, especially since it's just about all we drink come January, seems pretty good to me.

And there are other great ideas too. January 3rd marks the Festival of Sleep. The prospect of another day under the duvet before heading out into the cold, wet conditions, might just be utter perfection. And January 6th is Cuddle Up Day and the 8th Bubble Bath Day. I bet, like me, you're beginning to pick up a theme here … it's little wonder. Perhaps best of all there's National Hug Day on the 21st. That date was apparently chosen because it marks the mid-way point between Christmas and St Valentine's Day, when it's reckoned we're all at an emotional low.  

If it's your home that gets you down come January, why not take advantage of House Plant Appreciation Day – it would certainly brighten up your sitting room. And if, unlikely as it is, you're still hungry and pining for scrummy food, why not celebrate Popcorn Day on the 19th, Pie Day on the 23rd or my personal favourite – Chocolate Cake Day on the 27th?

But what really cheers me up is being surrounded by the people I love, so celebrating that seems obvious. I don't know about you, but I have a few loved ones (they will remain nameless here to save their blushes) who I would definitely regard as 'quirky', so why not mark Peculiar People Day on the 10th – a day dedicated to the eccentric among us.  If you want to be a bit more child-friendly, how about Winnie The Pooh Day on the 18th? And for nature lovers there's Penguin Awareness Day on the 20th. Not that we need reminding of those lovable polar creatures that… Aardman Entertainment would have had to invent, had God not done the job first.

But, if all this celebrating is just a bit too positive for you, there is hope. January 17th is designated National Ditch New Year's Resolution Day. So now you have official permission to give up on all that giving up!