Measure Your Feet Day
Maybe it's a smart winter alternative to weighing yourself. Perhaps it's a way to encourage a green attitude by measuring your carbon or ecological footprint. Either way, it's Measure Your Feet Day. With measurements in hand, you'll be ready for an impromptu visit to the local ice skating rink, a last-minute ski trip, or for that pair of boots that's on sale.
National Pie Day
"Pie has been around since the ancient Egyptians. The first pies were made by early Romans who may have learned about it through the Greeks. These pies were sometimes made in "reeds," which were used for the sole purpose of holding the filling and not for eating with the filling," according to the American Pie Council. Enjoy your favorite type of pie on National Pie Day.
* Five-minute pie: Use a pre-made graham cracker crust, fill with pudding and some whipped topping, and eat.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese Lunar Year 4710, the Year of the Dragon, begins Jan. 23. Celebrations run through Feb. 6, the date of the Lantern Festival. Gather your family, enjoy steamed rice and duck, pork or chicken, and give family members red envelopes with brand new money. "Open every door and window in your home at midnight to let go of the old year," advises Family Culture.
John Hancock 275th Birth Anniversary
Practice writing your signature, order some monogrammed stationary and celebrate your own John Hancock on the 275th birth anniversary of the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. John Hancock, born on Jan. 23, 1737, was president of the Continental Congress (1775 to 1777), an American patriot and a nine-time Massachusetts governor. His signature was large, centered and legible, and today we call a person's signature his or her "John Hancock."
- John Hancock