Christmas and similar festivities give us a boost through the winter solstice, but just because we've made it through the longest night of the year doesn't mean that there aren't a few grim, cold months ahead. It's a good time to start planning events and projects for January -- especially if the crush of the holiday season means that some of the people you like most have gotten shortchanged time-wise. January is a terrific month in which to throw dinner parties: few people are traveling, and everyone is desperately grateful to get out of the house. (A ghost-story-telling party is also a marvelous way to spend a winter evening with friends.)
When I was a teenager, or anyway old enough to get with delayed gratification a bit, my mother used to put some of the Christmas gift budget aside. In January we'd take it and shop the post-holiday sales at the local mall, taking advantage of the bargains and having a little mother-daughter bonding time in the process.
Do you have any particular January, or post-Christmas, traditions or plans?
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