I used to dislike January, February, and March. It's cold, it's tax time, and, most importantly, there aren't any good holidays until Derby. St. Patrick's Day isn't really my thing, unless I've got a great gig, and usually the weather is still awful then anyway. The past couple of years, I've spent January immersed in novels, and by the end of the month, I'm looking for a reason to party. So let's look for some less-than-huge-but-still-fun days to celebrate.
January 25: Burns Night (And my half birthday!) Hosting a Scottish-themed party is a great way to kickoff the new holiday season. Whisky, dancing, friends, and haggis! I know that Burns Night is hardly "less-than-huge" in Scotland ... but since most of my blog-readers aren't in the UK, just play nice, please:)
February 1: St. Brigid's Day! It's all about me, right? Well, if you're not as into me as I am, you can still celebrate the Pagan holiday of Imbolc on February 1st. What would you be celebrating? Fertility and... spring! The snowbells and crocuses/croci (both are correct) are blooming, the sun is shining (yes, even in Scotland!), and we're gaining 4+ minutes of sunlight each day. By this time next week, we'll be up to over nine hours of daylight. I'm feeling perkier by the minute.
February 2: Groundhog Day! I don't really care what that groundhog has to say, but I like Bill Murray.
February 12: Lincoln's Birthday! This is the perfect time of year for you Americans to brush up on your Presidential trivia. I also hope that this year revives my favorite Twitter trend ever: #lincolnlyrics (an excerpt for you who don't click on links: I would free 500 slaves and I would free 500 more just to be the President who beat the south and won the civil war. #lincolnlyrics)
February 15: The Ides of February! Because, why not?
February 21: Mardi Gras I like hedonistic holidays that involve accordions.
February 22: Ash Wednesday OR "Hey, you've got something on your forehead" Day. Okay, so it's not so much a celebration, but a reminder of my heathen upbringing. Also, it's the start of FISH FRY SEASON!
February 29: Leap Day! I love Leap Years. Definitely make the most of this extra day by, um, celebrating.
March 1: St. David's Day! Just because you aren't married to a David doesn't mean you can't celebrate. Eat a daffodil. Hug your Welsh friend. Put lots of extra F's, L's, W's, and G's in your wwyyrds. Celebrate the Patron Saint of Wales.
March 2: Texas Independence Day! As if you needed another reason to host Taco night.
March 8: Purim! Mmmmmm... Hamantaschen!
I think that pretty much takes us up to St. Patrick's Day. Happy celebrating!
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