19 things to see, do and celebrate this month
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Happiness List1 of 20
New Year's may be over, but there's still plenty to celebrate. Mark your calendars—here are 19 reasons to keep the party going all month long.
National Bloody Mary Day2 of 20
Jan. 1: Appropriately enough, the first of the year is not only New Year's Day—it's also the day we unofficially pay homage to the popular brunch libation. Hair of the dog, anyone?
Anniversary of the Straw3 of 20
Jan. 3: Raise a glass to the straw, which was first patented way back when in 1888, making it 125 today. Pick up some of these striped vintage-inspired versions and sip away.
National Trivia Day4 of 20
Jan. 4: Have an aptitude for remembering useless information? Today's your day. Invite friends over for game night and match wits against them with questions like How many queens of England have been named Elizabeth? (Two) and What was Rhoda's maiden name? (Morgenstern).
"Downton Abbey" Premiere5 of 20
Jan. 6: Season 3 of the addictive PBS show begins on Sunday night at 9 p.m. We've done our darnedest to avoid any spoilers (don't worry, there are none here). All we can say for certain is that Shirley MacLaine joins the cast, creating even more tension in the manse.
"Deception" Premiere6 of 20
Jan. 7: Looking for a show to fill the space left on your DVR (and in your heart) by Gossip Girl's ending? Enter Deception, the new drama airing Monday nights on NBC. It has plenty of glitz, glamour and romance, along with a whodunnit hook: The show stars Meagan Good as a detective who goes undercover to find the murderer of her socialite best friend.
The King's Birthday7 of 20
Jan. 8: Swing those hips in honor of Elvis—he would have turned 78 today. For die-hard fans, the King's Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., will host a ceremony in honor of Elvis Presley Day. Admission is free and cake will be served!
"Gangster Squad" Opening Night8 of 20
Jan. 11: Ryan and Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Emma Stone are reunited in this film about '40s gangster Mickey Cohen, played by Sean Penn. Fans of Gosling (isn't that everyone?) save the date!
Miss America Pageant9 of 20
Jan. 12: Watch contestants from all 50 states (and D.C., Virigin Islands and Puerto Rico) battle for the title of 86th Miss America on ABC. We're particularly looking forward to the evening's talent competition. This year you can expect the usual array of vocal and piano performances along with "artistic roller skating," hula and baton twirling.
The Golden Globes10 of 20
Jan. 13: Tune in for the biggest night of combined film and TV talent as The Golden Globes marks its 70th year. With funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting, the night will hopefully include more witty banter and less awkward celeb bashing than seen in Ricky Gervais' past attempts.
"Girls" Premiere11 of 20
Jan. 13: Thanks to a tweet by show creator and star Lena Dunham, our iCals have been marked accordingly for the new Girls season 2 premiere for almost three months now. Will Hannah stay with Adam, and are Marnie and Charlie done for good? How is Jessa adjusting to married life, and how does Shoshanna handle losing her virginity? Let the generation-defining, hipster-loving fun begin!
Dress Up Your Pet Day12 of 20
Jan. 14: If there's one day you have an excuse to dress up your pet (besides Halloween), this is it. In its fourth year, the tradition is still a new one and there's a website dedicated to laying out some ground rules, such as not making your pet wear anything uncomfortable and keeping the costumes fur free.
"American Idol" Premiere13 of 20
Jan. 16: The judges on AI seem to pass through as quickly as the contestants. When the search for America's next singing sensation begins its 12th season tonight, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj will fill the seats (plus one more) left vacant by J.Lo and Steven Tyler. Just seeing Minaj's over-the-top outfits is enough to get us to tune in.
Inauguration Day14 of 20
Jan. 20: President Obama will be privately sworn in for his second term today, but because it's a Sunday, the public swearing in will take place on Monday. Fun fact: Prior to the 20th Amendment in 1933, which specified the time a president's term officially begins, Inauguration Day used to be held on March 4.
MLK Day15 of 20
Jan. 21: Since 1994, Martln Luther King Jr. Day has been celebrated as a day of service. (Think of it as "a day on, not a day off.") Need help finding a way to volunteer? Check out the MLK Day of Service site for ideas.
Paris Couture Shows16 of 20
Jan. 21: Want a preview of what the stars will be wearing to major red carpet events (like, ahem, the Academy Awards)? Check out the Paris Haute Couture shows starting today with Christian Dior, followed by Chanel on Jan. 22, and Elie Saab (pictured) and Jean Paul Gaultier on Jan. 23.
"Saturday Night Widows" Release17 of 20
Jan. 22: A memoir about women coping with the deaths of their husbands may sound depressing, but Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives is wise, honest and inspiring. The book is a story of friendship, loss and moving forward.
National Peanut Butter Day18 of 20
Jan. 24: Although the almond, cashew and a handful of other nuts may be available in butter form today, the peanut remains the most hallowed of the nut butters. Have a scoop of the protein-rich snack to mark the special occasion.
The SAG Awards19 of 20
Jan. 27: Get ready for more red carpet fun with the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The two-hour show is strictly for the performers—no prizes for the directors or screenwriters this time around. See which of your favorite thespians will prevail.
Local Natives Album Release20 of 20
Jan. 29: Indie rock band Local Natives releases its much-anticipated sophomore album, Hummingbird, today. For now, take a listen to their first single from the album, Breakers.