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Welcome to January! 🥳
New year’s resolutions abound in January. The blank slate of a new year means gyms will be crowded, diets will be started, and pennies will be pinched. While improving your physical and fiscal health are great goals, they can also feel like a lot of work.
Cultivate MORE JOY in your life this year by intentionally celebrating the birthdays of family and friends. Too often we get caught up in the details (I have to call the bakery and order a cake!) and forget the reason why we’re celebrating—we’re grateful for the birthday person; glad that they’re in our life and want to do something to make them happy.
Know someone born in the first month of the year? Be sure to remember their special day! January birthdays have a way of sneaking up on you, especially since the start of the year is exactly one week after the hubbub of Christmas.
Keep reading for information to help you celebrate their January birthday or just click on the link below to jump to that section:
The birthstone of January is the garnet. Garnets are best known their deep red color and resemble the seeds of a pomegranate. In fact, the word “garnet” is derived from the Latin “granatum”, which means seed.
As far back as the Bronze Age, garnets were said to provide protection and healing. Seen to be a fire element, garnet’s fiery energy can be passed on to the wearer. The gift of a garnet may represent love, passion and faith.
Garnets may also appear in other colors such as green, blue, orange and brown, though those are less rare.
The birth flowers of January are carnations and snowdrops.
Carnations are the workhorse of the floral world. They are abundant in gardens and known for being easy to grow. Originally found in only pink, carnations now come in a wide variety of colors. They are frequently included in floral arrangements because they are pretty, long-lasting, and relatively inexpensive.
Carnations are said to represent admiration, though individual colors may have specific meaning. Pink carnations represent appreciation, white carnations represent purity; light red carnations symbolize friendship and dark red carnations are said to be given to lovers.
Snowdrops are one of the first flowers of spring. These delicate plants are typically under 6” tall and have delicate white blooms that hang down like drops from a green stalk. The gift of snowdrops is said to symbolize hope and the ability to overcome obstacles.
The two zodiac signs of January are Capricorns and Aquarius. People with birthdays of December 22nd to January 19th are said to be under the sign of Capricorn, while those born from January 20th to February 18th are Aquarius’.
Capricorn is an earth sign element that has the colors of brown and grey. It is represented by the sea goat, a creature with the tail of a fish and the body of a goat. This duality allows Capricorns to navigate both sea (emotional world) and land (physical world) with ease.
Capricorns make great friends that you can count on. Other personality traits include:
Aquarius is an air element whose symbol is the water-bearer. It is represented by a mythical carrying an urn of water, or sometimes, just water flowing.
Those born under Aquarius are said to be forward thinking individuals who want to affect positive change for the collective good. Other personality traits include:
January is a great month for a birthday party!
(Still trying to put your Christmas decorations away? Searching for that receipt so you can exchange that sweater for a different size? Me too! But January birthdays wait for no one! 🥳 )
Here are some birthday party ideas to help you celebrate January birthdays:
Celebrate a January birthday with this birthday party kit. In under 5 minutes, you can transform your table or kitchen island with party décor they’ll love.
They'll notice the birthday centerpiece the moment they walk in the room! Made of high-quality stainless steel and chrome, lush ribbons and thick card stock, it stands nearly 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Handcrafted in the USA, it was designed to be reusable.
Here are ten gift ideas for the January birthdays in your life:
Given that those born in January are said to be independent thinkers, it’s no wonder there are so many famous figures born this month!
Living January Birthdays
Deceased January Birthdays
Include one of these quotes in a January birthday card or just enjoy them now!
Another idea is to combine one of the famous birthdays above with one of the quotes below:
For instance you could gift your husband/boyfriend/significant other a book of romantic poetry by January-born poet Jean Paul and inscribe the first quote on the inside cover. Ah, romance! 🥰
"I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second."
“Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right.”
“Every man should be born again on the first of January. Start with a fresh page."
Henry Ward Beecher
"To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June."
“January is the month for dreaming.”
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
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