The weeks following Christmas seem especially dreary, don’t they? Once the thrill of the new toys and gear wears off, kids start to fall into the winter blahs just as quickly as adults do. It’s back to school, back to normal, back to the everyday.
Let’s all take a chance to celebrate every day this year, shall we?
While we don’t need to have a party or open presents each day of the week, sometimes it helps to break up the “no-holiday” months with little things to make the days special. If you’re like me, you might be feeling a little pinched in the financial department after surviving the holidays with a big family, but below are some days we can celebrate for free or for a small investment the first few months of the year.
Happy 2022 to all!
January 26: Australia Day
Talk in your best accent, crank up the heat and pretend it’s summer, look up videos of kangaroos, watch Finding Nemo, or just find some fun facts about Australia online.
January 29: National Plan for Vacation Day
Dream about the warm-weather months and consider what you will do this summer. Day camps? Overnight camps? Vacation Bible School? A yearly vacation you take to the same place? Nothing will warm you up like dreaming of sunny weather and a different location.
February 3: Feed the Birds Day
Kids love to make sure our outside friends are fed and happy! You can make adorable birdseed ornaments with gelatin and a cookie cutter, spread peanut butter on a bagel and add birdseed, or go old school with a pine cone or a milk carton! There are many wonderful kits to paint and put together bird houses, too.
February 4: National Homemade Soup Day
I love soup all year long, and I’m more than willing to celebrate by making a pot. One of my personal favorites is Tuscan Tortellini Soup or try one of Melissa’s easy soups.
February 7: National Send a Card to a Friend Day
Homemade or store-bought, everyone loves getting real snail mail, which is so rare these days. From a toddler scribbly picture to a pro-level masterpiece, I’d be thrilled to get anything with a stamp from a friend.
February 20: National Love Your Pet Day
We all love our furry, fluffy, feathered, or fishy friends. Throw them a parade, bake them a cake or just give them a special bath or treat.
February 21: National Grain-Free Day
I find cooking to certain diets really interesting and worth stretching my cooking skills. I suggest Danielle Walker’s site if you’re looking for a wonderful grain-free dish to serve — she has everything from breakfast to dessert!