January rings in the new year. May we all look back to count our blessings and look forward to good weather, good plantings, good health, and new beginnings!
January is here,
With eyes that keenly glow—
A frost-mailed warrior striding
A shadowy steed of snow.
January is named for the Roman god Janus, protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other into the future. January was originally the eleventh month, not the first, until at least 153 B.C.
Twelfth Night, the eve of January 5, is in English folk custom the end of Christmas merrymaking, and in ancient Celtic tradition the end of the 12-day winter solstice celebration. On Twelfth Night, it was customary for the assembled company to toast each other from the wassail bowl.
Epiphany falls on January 6. According to the New Testament's Gospels, on this date the Magi, the three wise men or kings, venerated and brought gifts to the infant Jesus. Bake a traditional King Cake with a lucky bean inside!
January 19 is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (observed) this year and honors the principles of this civil rights leader and Nobel Prize Winner dedicated to nonviolence.
On the 17th is Benjamin Franklin's birthday. He was not only was a world-renowned statesman, inventor, and scientist, but also was fascinated by agriculture. Here at the OFA, we consider him the father of almanacs. Thanks for everything Ben!
Recipes for the Season
To bring in the new year properly, try our New Year's Day Punch.
For more recipes, use our Recipe Search.
In January, we dream about next year's garden.
Find inspiration, ideas, and free plot plans in our garden planning and design center!
Browse our list of annuals and perennials to start indoors so you can plan accordingly.
Relieve your dry skin with some homemade remedies.
See our tips on how to stay warm this winter.
Are you a cold-weather angler? Check out our ice fishing tips to make it a safe and enjoyable trip.
Refresh your knowledge of winter weather terms to help keep you safe this winter.
In January 2015, the full Moon rises on the 4th. Learn more about the full Wolf Moon here.
Look up! The dark January skies are great for stargazing. Get the highlights in our January Sky Watch.
Folklore and More
- Fog in January brings a wet spring.
- A favorable January brings us a good year.
- If grass grows in January, it will grow badly the whole year.
- January's birthstone, the garnet, is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel.