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Celebrate January Holidays!


New Year's Day

January 1st

Have FUN with planning

a BRAND NEW YEAR

 

Plan some highlights for the year together as a family. Sit down with a 2007 calendar and write in all the family birthdays and anniversaries. Talk about ideas for celebrating them. Mark all the holidays that are observed by your family. Write in events that you know about for school, church, work and organizations, clubs, classes etc. Pick a couple of days during the year for "mom/kid day out" and/or dad/kid day out. Pencil in events like vacations, camping trips or special local events you might like to attend.

 

Listen to ideas from family members about things that they would like to try to do, places they want to visit or events they would like to see. Maybe you can choose a couple of possibilities and write them on the calendar.

 

If children have special things they would like to try, see if there are ways of making one or two of them happen. These can be relatively small events like seeing a movie or visiting a pet store to trips like traveling to another city to visit someone. Set a few realistic family goals and put them on the calendar. Remember a goal without a date is merely a dream.


J.R.R. Tolkein's Birthday

January 3rd

 

Bake Bilbo's Tea-Time Bread

 

Read a little of "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkein or enjoy watching a DVD of Lord of the Rings if it is available. Hobbits loved to eat and over the years, we adopted the following recipe as our own version of "Hobbit Bread". It's just seemed to have ingredients that we thought Bilbo would enjoy at tea-time.

 

Bilbo's Tea-Time Bread

Mix:

   1/4 cup warm water

   1 tablespoon honey

   1 package yeast

Cover and wait till mixture is bubbly.

Beat in (use a whisk):

   1 egg

   1tablespoon salad oil

Stir in (with wooden spoon):

   1 cup flour

   2 tablespoons wheat germ

   1 teaspoon sesame seeds

      or 1/2 teaspoon of poppy seeds

Add, if necessary, enough flour to make dough easy to handle.

Knead on floured board until dough is satiny and bouncy.

Let rise till double in bulk.

Shape into a ball and place in lightly oiled baking pan.

Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.

Serve warm or  toasted with butter and honey.

Recipe from Cappy Gallant


National Bird Day

January 5th

Go Birding

 

Birding is a special way to spend time together as a family. You can begin by simply looking for birds while taking a walk oar sitting outdoors. Listen to bird songs and look for birds. Notice the sounds, the colors, the shapes and even the activities of the birds you see.

 

Over time, if you are interested, you can get a simple guidebook of birds that are commonly found in your area and try to identify those that you see. Make a list of birds you see on each outing. You can even make a "life list" of all the different kinds of birds you see throughout your life. It can be exciting to add a new bird to that list.

 

Along the way, you might pick up a pair of binoculars to make identifying birds easier. Walking together and sharing conversations along the way is part of the joy. When we first started this activity with our children, we walked near a field with a few cows and immediately, one of the children identified them as "big brown birds". It stuck. Cows are now always big brown birds to members of our family! Make it fun! Learn something. Make some memories.


Winnie the Pooh Day

January 18th

Decorate a red balloon for Eeyore

Read a Winnie the Pooh story (by A. A. Milne). Eeyore's favorite color was red and the red balloon hi friends were going to give him for his birthday burst before he could enjoy it. Decorate an uninflated red balloon with markers. Inflate the balloon and play "keep it up". See how long you can keep it in the air by hitting it to one another. (Of course, always be cautious with balloons around children. Uninflated balloons or pieces of balloons are a serious choking hazard because the filmy plastic can block the windpipe if swallowed.)

Old Rock Day

January 7th

Discover the Rocks in Your Neighborhood

 

Kids can have a great adventure with rocks! (My husband insists that our house will fall though to China if we collect any more of them!) Rock are fun to climb. Go boldering or rock climbing.

 

As long as you are not in a place (such as the Petrified Forest or private property) where collecting rocks is prohibited, you can pretty much collect rocks anywhere. Learn to identify them. Find out the difference between the three kinds of rocks (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic). Make a collection and identify rocks along with the date and place they were found or display them in a basket, just for fun.

 

Polish rocks. Find geodes (or purchase one at a rock shop) and cut them open to show the crystals inside. (Our oldest son went through a period of trying to cut every rock in half and we finally bought a geode and invited him to "try this one". It was a big hit!) Discover what everyday items have rocks for ingredients. You'll be surprised to find out what is in baby powder, cosmetics and even toothpaste!

 

Celebrate old rocks! We have even found fossils, fool's gold, real gold, silver and copper ore and some semi-precious gems like garnet in our searches.


National Apricot Day

January 9th

Bake Apricot cookies

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter

1/2 tsp. salt

2 egg yolks

2 cups flour

1 pkg. dry yeast

1/2 cup half and half (milk)

 

Filling:

1 package dried apricots

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

 

Directions:

Preheat over to 375.

Place flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter. Dissolve yeast in warm milk. Beat egg yolks in a separate bowl. Add milk-yeast mixture and eggs to flour. Mix well. Refrigerate for several hours. Cook dried apricots in water and sugar for 15 minutes. Run through a food processor to make apricots into a paste. Spread sugar on a flat surface and roll the dough out thin--1/8". Roll in sugar instead of flour. (If it is too sticky, mix a small amount of flour with the sugar on the rolling surface.) Cut into 2" squares. Place a dab of apricot paste in the center of each dough square. Fold over two opposite corners of dough to overlap the apricot filling. Bake for about 10 minutes. Edges will just begin to turn brown. Store open to air to prevent cookies from becoming soggy.


Rubber Duckie's Birthday

January 13th

Float Your Duck!

 

If you have a rubber duck, let him float in some water today. Play with him in the bathtub or make a "duck only" bubble bath in the kitchen sink, a large bowl or a bucket! If, perchance, there are puddles outside, give duck a real treat and let him float in a puddle. Watch kids around water and have some silly fun.


Popcorn Day

January 19th

Make popcorn balls

 

Popcorn Balls:

 

20 cups (5 quarts) plain popped corn

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Set popcorn aside in a LARGE bowl.

 

Combine other ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir until blended and boil the mixture. Continue cooking to the hard ball stage (250 or about 10 minutes). Pour heated mixture over the popcorn, slowly, stirring until the popcorn is covered. Let it cool just until it can be handled and then use plastic bags on hands. Butter the bags and collect the sticky popcorn and make it into ball shapes. Wrap them in plastic wrap.

 

 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18th

Celebrate Cultural Diversity

 

Learn something about a culture other than your own. Do some research at the library or on-line or talk to a friend who is from another culture and ask your friend about it. Then try something that you have learned. Taste a food from a different culture that you have not tried before. Read a story, play a game or play with a toy from a different culture. (Some examples of stories might be Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling, Five Chinese Brothers or perhaps Phyllis Karow Trella's book I Got the Giggles, which features drawings of children from different races interacting with one another. (It can be ordered by clicking on the cover below.) Listen to music from another culture such as Navajo flute music, African drum music, or sing some songs from one. The more we know about one another, the easier it can be to get along in harmony, despite our differences.

 


Some other January Days that you might want to celebrate:

Some of these holidays vary a little on the specific day each year, but you can look them up in on-line searches or celebrate on the "wrong" day. As long as you are having a good time, the date really doesn't matter!!

 

Measure Your Feet Day

January 23rd

 

National School Nurse Day

Third week in January

 

Opposite Day

January 25th

 

National Kazoo Day

January 25th

 

Australia Day

January 26th

 

Backwards Day

January 31st

 


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