Welcome January 2018 - Anything Planned?
January 1, 2018 9:20am CST
The year 2017 is gone and forgot, let's welcome this New Year with some January facts and trivia. January 1st was declared first day of the year by the Roman Senate, in 153 B.C. The name January comes from the Roman god Janus, the God with two heads. The meaning, one head looks back to the past year and the other forward to the new one. The birthstone of January is the Garnet (dark red), the flower the carnation. Capricorn and Aquarius are the two Zodiac signs of this month. Some facts: January is "National Soup Month" in the U.S. The 13th is the International Skeptics Day - this is my day. The 21st is National Hugging Day - take note on your agenda. The 27th is Chocolate Cake Day - I will try to remember. How this year started for you? Anything planned for this first month of the year? Happy New Year to all myLotters with a photo of my New Year table.
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• United States
Happy New Year Anna! I'm all for celebrating soup month since it's so cold here that soup sounds good. I'll be making a note on my calendar for hugging day and of course will participate in chocolate cake day too Hoping 2018 is a great year for you
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Happy New Year to you and to your family. It's cold here too and I am going to make soups very often if it continues. I write down the chocolate cake day, a good excuse to eat chocolate. Let's hope that 2018 will be a good year for everyone.
• Fairfield, Texas
That is a gorgeous table setting @LadyDuck . I can see where January would be a 'soup' month in the US. The only real major thing I need to do is clear the 2017 files and store them away and get the 2018 in the file cabinet.
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
No big plans. We've packed away most of the Christmas decorations and are spending some time watching the Rose Parade on TV. Normally I wouldn't sit down to watch (though the TV would be on), but since my great nephew is marching this year, I'm sitting down to actually watch.
• United States
What a pretty table setting ! Today we have a family get together at my parent's house - for a traditional Japanese New Year's feast. My sister in law has a birthday soon. The kids go back to school next week. Other than that, I am hoping it will quieter and less hectic than the past couple months!
• United States
@LadyDuck I looked that up. I guess here they call it Three Kings Day (it's not recognized as a holiday here). I've heard some of my friends say that they keep their Christmas decorations up until this day. I also forgot about Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday which is on the 15th . . . the kids get that day off school but not all get that day off from work.
Your table setting looks so beautiful, I showed it to my husband as he loves the way that I will doll up the table too. But you outdo me! I look forward to feeling better during this coming year. I need to lose some weight in order to achieve that, which I am working on currently. We are very diligent in our saving, as every year we get closer to being able to retire. This year we will have to spend a large amount of cash as we need to replace the vehicle that my husband drives. Thankfully we won't have to borrow and pay interest, that is in our favour. Happy New Year, enjoy your day today.
The year started with a typhoon in our country but it's ok. Nothing serious in the place I live in, just some wind and rain. We started the new year shopping for my son and he got what he wanted once again. My biggest plan for this year is to apply for a US Visa. Don't have much expectation about that but family has been pushing me to apply already. If granted, I will visit the States this year.
• Genova, Italy
As a first day of the year, well, for me, it was not among the best. From this morning, I have a form of depression! Ok. But nevertheless, I still want to look forward. Just to signal, Italian celebration (and not only) 6th January S. Epiphany. (Epifania, bianca lasagna. Non importa, mia madre cucinerà quello che vuole!) Thanks Anna, for remembering some dates of the month, which I did not know. However, Janus, has to do with my city Genova "Genoa", (please look at it, because, I'm pretty sure of this). Happy New Year dear Anna
I did not know you have the tradition of white lasagna for the Epiphany, I do not believe we had something specific to eat for that day in Milan. About Genova and Janus, there is a legend that says that the name Genova comes from Giano. The historic say the name Genova comes from "jenua", that means "Porta" (door). I am sorry you feel depressed. Happy New Year to you Alessandro.
• Genova, Italy
@LadyDuck My depression could be caused by wrong medication, for my pathology! Even this damned "Olanzapine 5mg" brings me a lot of weariness, and I do not exclude that it could be the cause of my depression! On January 12th, I will have to "deal" with my attending doctor. However, the speech with her are almost always the same, for over 12 years, since I followed by her. On Giano, as you see, I was right. Thanks for the informations. Alessandro
Lovely table setting, Anna. The year started well for my family and I. My cousin got married on New Year's eve so we had a wonderful family gathering. We have a family trip planned this weekend but other than that nothing else planned for January.