I hope you had a happy festive season! Now is the time to take stock of the previous twelve months and contemplate what changes, if any, you would like to make moving forward. Personally, I find New Year's resolutions a little illusive; by the first week of February it doesn't seem that important anymore. Current wisdom tells us to pay attention to the task at hand, whatever it is; awareness of the present moment helps to keep any unwise self talk at bay. I can vouch for that!
January is a quieter and more peaceful month after the hustle and bustle of the festive season. Leisure activities for January should be serene; games, jokes, poems and trivia. I laughed out loudly when I came across these 'Insurance Companies Statements'; people in car accidents trying to summarize what happened in a few words on insurance forms.
Dates to remember in January are:
January 6 - Epiphany
Epiphany is when the Christian Church honours the arrival of the three wise men and the first public presentation of the Baby Jesus. Several countries in Europe exchange gifts on this date instead of Christmas.
January 16 - 21, Activity Professionals Week (US)
Our colleagues in the United States will be celebrating 'Activity Professionals Week' starting on January 16th. The event is sponsored by the National Association of Activity Professionals to honour all the men and women caring for older adults in long term assisted residential care, retirement homes, respite centers and day care centers. Fancy having a whole week dedicated to our profession, how marvelous! Happy APW!
January 17 - Martin Luther King Day (US)
A wonderful time to reminisce will be on the third Monday in January; a holiday in honour of Martin Luther King Jnr.
Martin Luther King Jnr's work and wisdom is a constant source of inspiration to millions of people around the world. Dr King led the Civil Right Movement in the United States in protest of racial discrimination entrenched in federal and state law.
Here are a couple of activities to celebrate the holiday:
January 20 - 30 the Sundance Film Festival
This is a wonderful time to reminisce about great movies with a quiz. You may also present your clients with a special afternoon; watch a movie with popcorn and ice-cream on the menu! Here is some movie trivia:
January 26 - Australia Day
Australia Day is a public holiday and official national day to celebrate the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788.
Let's enjoy our fabulous summer weather, ideal for outdoor activities - Happy Australia day!
Collage with gum nuts and leaves
Australia Day Damper Recipe
Australian Bookmarks for Australia Day
Australian Indigenous Dot Painting
I would also like to remind you that January is also the month to start preparations for the Chinese New Year's celebration. The upcoming event, which starts on February 3 and lasts for 2 weeks, is the most important traditional festival in China. It is also widely celebrated in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and United States.
Happy Australia Day!
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