12 Reasons Why January Is Maybe Not the Very Worst Month of the Year
January is, clearly, one of the very worst months. Holidays and holiday breaks are over. Two to three more months of terrible weather loom. You're trying to be a Better Person because it's a new year and all, which is nowhere near as fun as not being a better person. Even the Super Bowl hated January so much it moved into February. There's just really not a lot to recommend January, and we all know it. But! We have to get through January anyway so we might as well band together and look on the bright side, right? Here are all the reasons (some outsourced from Twitter and Facebook friends) why January might be a kinda, sorta, possibly not so bad month.
1. December's over
2. It's officially Hot Tea Month
Tea's pretty good, and we should all drink more of it. Perhaps with alcohol.
3. January 3rd is Fruitcake Toss Day
I mean, that's sounds like fun, right?
4. January 12 is Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day
That definitely sounds like fun. (For the record, the recipe of the day listed for Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day is Sloppy Joes.)
5. New TV!
Prepare for the return of Girls (season three), Downtown Abbey (season four), Justified (season four), American Idol (season 14) and Archer (season ). January 2014 also brings the premiere of star-heavy mini-series The Spoils of Babylon and new shows such as HBO's True Detective, Dick Wolf's Chicago PD , and ABC's Killer Women .
6. You can skip town and rent cabins.
Fireplaces, wilderness, whiskey, hiking, hot tubs. There's a lot to like here.
7. January 14 is National Dress Up Your Pet Day .
8. Skiing and other snow sports season
This one does nothing for me, personally, because every time I attempt winter sports I end up in a Gumby-like heap or a ditch (or, one time, nearly strangled by a scarf that was still attached to the bunny hill towrope once I let go). But I hear people enjoy them.
9. New movies.
January brings us the latest Spike Jonze ( Her , in select theaters Dec. 18, widespread release in January), lady-fight flick Raze , and dystopian I, Frankenstein , along with all the Sundance Film Festival releases.
10. Seasonal beer
According to several enthusiastic Facebook friends, January is "Hopslam season," a magical IPA-happy time during which Bell's (10% ABV) Hopslam ale is available.
11. The days are getting longer
After the winter solstice on December 21, the stretches of daylight can only get longer, making things notably less depressing.
Because, baby, it's cold outside.