January is far more than the beginning of another year, the coldest month in the northern hemisphere and about setting new goals.
- January is named after the two headed Roman god Janus, who was able to look back to the previous year and forward to the new one.
- January was called “Wulfmonath”, by the Anglo-Saxons, because it was when hungry wolves came scavenging at people’s doors.
- The birthstone for January is the garnet; the flower is the carnation.
- The only Shakespeare plays that mention January are Much Ado About Nothing and Winter’s Tale.
- The divorce and/or separation rate is higher in January than in any other month.
- January 1st is both the furthest away and closest day to December 31st.
- Bears and woodchucks go into hibernation.
January: Fresh Air, Fresh Air Everywhere!
Go outside: build a snowman, snow-fort or snow-angel. Go sledding or catch a snowflake on your tongue. Hit the slopes, go skating, snow shoeing or sledding.