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January 9, 2014

Thirteen Facts About January

Thursday Thirteen

When I was wondering about a topic for my thirteen this week, I started thinking about beginnings. January is the beginning of the year, and I thought that would make a great topic.

Thirteen Facts About The Month of January

1. January is named after the Roman god Janus, a god said to have two heads. He looks back to the last year and forward to the new one.

2. The birthstone for January is garnet, which is said to represent constancy.

3. The flower for January is carnation.

4. The stars signs of Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) and Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) fall in January.

5. A Northern hemisphere January is the seasonal equivalent of July in the Southern hemisphere.

6. It’s national Thank You month.

7. Saxons sometimes called January the wolf month because hungry wolves would prowl towns searching for food during this month.

8. January is the only month when the North Pole is usually colder than the South pole.

9. January always begins on the same day as October, except during a leap year.

10. The polish word for January is Stycznia, which comes from the word joining. It joins the old year to the new one.

11. According to US census information, January is fairly popular as a girl’s name. It comes in at around 3200th most popular.

12. Originally the Roman calendar ran from March to December. Names for January and February were added later.

13. Mr Munro was born in January – on 8 January to be precise. The same day as Elvis, he likes to remind me.

Are you a fan of January?


  1. jennifer

    is mr munro a hunk a hunk of burning love?

  2. sandy

    cool facts THANK YOU!!!****

    • Shelley Munro

      Thanks for stopping by, Sandy.

  3. Karen

    interesting – and Happy Birthday, Mr. Munro!

  4. CountryDew

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Munro! These were interesting facts.

    • Shelley Munro

      Thanks very much :)

  5. Norma

    I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone names January. “Thank you,” for this informative list.

    • Shelley Munro

      I haven’t met a January either.

  6. Gel

    I savor posts like yours. Awesome facts. Knew about some, others I learned from you. Happy BD to Mr. Munro!

    • Shelley Munro

      I’m glad you enjoyed my post.

  7. Heather

    Happy birthday, Mr Munro. My sister’s bday is Monday. Can’t say I’m much of a fan of January this year (it’s pretty much sucked so far), or that I’ve ever heard of anyone with that name. My T13

    • Shelley Munro

      I hope your year improves, Heather!

  8. Alice Audrey

    Happy Birthday to him. A little late, though.

  9. Maria Zannini

    Happy birthday to Mr. Munro!

    And in honor of thank you month, thank you!


    • Shelley Munro

      Hubby says thank you :)

  10. Stephanie Sullivan

    Happy belated birthday to your husband! January is a special month for me because my wedding anniversary is January 29th. This year we’ll be celebrating twenty years of wedded bliss. :) Happy Thursday, Shelley!

    • Shelley Munro

      Happy anniversary for the 29th , Stephanie.

  11. Cookie

    Mr Munro is born on the same day as Elvis… Could he BE Elvis?! ;)

    • Shelley Munro

      He certainly can’t sing!

  12. Emma

    Happy Birthday to Mr Munro for yesterday! I’m not the biggest fan of January but I prefer it to February.

  13. Carol Kilgore

    Great January trivia. I like January better than February. Happy Birthday to Mr. Munro!

    • Shelley Munro

      I’m a fan of February myself. All the kids go back to school and the mall is quiet again!

  14. Jennifer Leeland

    I didn’t know that January was added later to the calendar. Awesome TT!!!

    • Shelley Munro

      I didn’t either. It changed with the Gregorian calendar, I think.

  15. Nancy Henderson

    Happy birthday, Mr. Munro!
    I can’t wait for January to be over. Too much snow!

    • Shelley Munro

      Way too much snow, I think. I’m glad it’s summer where we are.

  16. Mary Kirkland

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Munro.
    I like January because it’s always nice and cool. I hate the hot weather.

    • Shelley Munro

      It certainly gets hot where you live, Mary. I’d prefer the cool too.