New Year, New Memories: 10 Holidays to Brighten Up January 2024

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

By Macaroni KID December 31, 2023

As we cozy up to the new year with our family, we hope you're enjoying some quality family time as well. In this month of January, we're excited about these 10 upcoming holidays that offer opportunities for your family to celebrate and be together:

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1. New Year's Day

We are ringing in 2024 with feelings of gratitude and optimism for the promising year ahead. Jan. 1

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2. Cuddle Up Day 

Baby, it's cold outside. That's the perfect excuse to put on your comfiest pajamas, pick a favorite movie, snuggle under a warm blanket, and enjoy some quality family cuddle time. 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. 14

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4. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This day is an excellent opportunity to honor the legacy of the great Civil Rights leader by taking meaningful actions to promote positive change in your community. Jan. 15

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5. Kid Inventors' Day

Did you know that many incredible inventions like televisions, water skis, and earmuffs were created by kids? Join the celebration on Benjamin Franklin's birthday (he invented swim flippers at age 12!) and inspire your children's creativity. Jan. 17

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6. Ditch Your Resolutions Day

This is one day we're planning on NOT taking part in! Well, we hope not anyway. Check in with us later. Jan. 17

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7. Popcorn Day

We're popping for excitement for Popcorn Day! How do you like yours? Plain? (nothing beats salt and butter!) Or sweet? (Try cinnamon and sugar!) Or maybe spicy? (My kids love a combo of Red Hot and ranch seasoning!) Jan. 19

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8. National Hugging Day 

Embrace the power of the hug! Hugging releases oxytocin, a hormone associated with happiness, making it a great way to connect with family and friends. Hug it out today. Jan. 21

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9. Tu BiShvat

Tu BiShvat, which historically celebrates the birthday of fruit trees, is a minor Jewish holiday, but one we love because it's an occasion to appreciate and celebrate the natural world. That makes it a great day to engage in eco-friendly activities with your family. Jan. 24

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10. National Puzzle Day

Gather the family 'round and dive into the world of puzzles on National Puzzle Day. Here's a great factoid to share with your kids: The Guinness Book of World Records holder for biggest puzzle ever is held by the University of Economics at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. In 2011, 1,600 students there completed a 551,232 piece puzzle in 17 hours! Jan. 29

We hope these upcoming holidays add a few memorable moments to your family's January calendar. Here's to a fantastic start to 2024! 🎉