Reasons To Love The January Lull

Something magical happens after the holidays – when all the Christmas decor is put away, the kitchen no longer smells like cookies and the days aren’t packed with things that have to get done – there is a calm that takes over the whole family. When life is no longer packed to the brim, everyone gets a little bit of breathing room and life evens out.

January is a month I sometimes long for. It seems like the months of June through December fly by each and every year. Summers are never long enough, autumn brings the rush of back to school and then once Halloween hits the holidays are upon us. Those months you just go, go, go. Sometimes I find myself just waiting to check the weekends and activities off on my to-do list. The days are so packed and there is pressure to squeeze in all the summer, fall and Christmas “required” family activities.

Then January comes along and everything stops. My children aren’t in a lot of sports yet, and nothing in the winter, so our weekends empty out. With the usual snow and bitter cold of a Chicagoland January most people seem to go into hibernation. I have to say, I love it. The last three weekends we have had nothing we have HAD to do and it’s been glorious.

For us, January has become this lull in a year of busy family life and in doing so, it really gives us an opportunity to connect to each other on a different level. My husband and I take time to work on projects, together and at our own pace. My children and I clean their rooms together. I have time to actually show them what drawers their clothes go in versus just shoving them in, and I spend some time attempting to show them how to fold their clothes. We snuggle with the fireplace on, under blankets and read without me worrying about what is due the next week. We play games. We pretend we are super heroes. (My daughter and I have recently perfected a move where she runs at me, I put out my feet and lift/fly her onto the couch. She is Wonder Woman. I am the bad guy.) We color more, we make more crafts, paint and play with play-dough.

These very basic things, that we do do throughout the year, become even more enjoyable because we aren’t on an over-scheduled timetable. During other months of the year I often feel like I’m rushing through all these activities so we don’t miss something else. In January I have time to soak it all in and really live in these mundane little moments that mean everything to me.

Motherhood has turned into all these fleeting days for me. They’re going by too fast and I can’t seem to slow them down. My kids are still young but I see the changes in them everyday. I see the hints of a tween in my daughter, the sparkle of an elementary school boy in my son – and I see it all slipping away.

So while most people hate January because of the cold and the snow, I’m relishing in it. It’s the one month of the year where my family gets to just be a family without all the distractions and obligations of the outside world.

My goal this year (call it a resolution, if you will) is to take the moments we have and have the moments we take. I’m keenly aware that this stage of life isn’t going to last forever and I want to really live all of it. Hopefully I can squeeze in a lot of living before spring hits – when I have to open the windows and let the world in again. Until then, I’m going to enjoy living in the lull.

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  • Aditi @Raising World Children Magazine January 15, 2018 03.57 pm

    You hit the nail on the head with this post. I so feel the slump but am totally with you on loving the lull for a change. Am going to share this with my friends for sure.

  • Melissa @ Disco Bumblebee January 15, 2018 04.06 pm

    This is so true! I love this month. It’s quiet and gives me a chance to slow down a little and reflect. Our family usually has our best game nights during this month too 🙂

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh January 15, 2018 04.08 pm

    I really like the way you look at January. I have always looked at January as a month where I literally don’t want to do anything, at all. It’s sort of a depressing month for me. Nothing is happening. I’m glad I read your post, I now have a different take on January.

  • TE Nusser January 15, 2018 04.29 pm

    This is so true! I’m all about the new year, new beginnings, the way life slows down…January is a good month ;-).

  • Jocelynne Flor January 15, 2018 04.45 pm

    I totally agree! January can seem like a weird “in between” month because it’s the end of the holiday season but I love that it’s a month focused on taking a breather from all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. And as bloggers it’s a super exciting month to launch into so many new ideas for content!

  • Beth Davidson January 15, 2018 05.38 pm

    What’s a lull? How do I get one? Lol. January is actually my birthday month, and therefore my favorite month. It’s also always busy because I like taking trips for my birthday!

  • Jewish Chick January 15, 2018 06.04 pm

    Despite the arctic winter temps we are having, I can actually appreciate January for it’s more quiet time. Also we are THAT much closer to spring!

  • robin rue January 15, 2018 07.49 pm

    Wait, how do you get this mysterious January lull? All of our activities picked back up the week after school vacation, so we are in full swing over here.

  • Krystal Butherus January 15, 2018 08.03 pm

    Sometimes, it’s great to have those times, whether it’s days or weekends. I love my down time too!

  • Angela Tolsma January 15, 2018 08.38 pm

    I also love the January lull. It’s a beautiful peaceful time, just to recover, do self care, and snuggle up with a good book!

  • Ryann Donahoe January 15, 2018 10.02 pm

    This is so true! The months before can be so busy- I love the time we can relax and enjoy the winter time. We are gearing up for a baby in early April so we are really trying to enjoy all of these moments with our other children before then!

  • Melissa Chapman January 15, 2018 10.58 pm

    I have not felt much of a lull even though the holidays have passed. I am very busy with work and would wecome a lull if it came.

  • Karen Morse January 15, 2018 11.54 pm

    January does feel that way and I’m also grateful for it. It feels as if everything tends to slow down and you get to savor moments more!

  • Ashley | Momma Loves Coffee January 16, 2018 12.02 am

    I am so right there with you, I love Christmas and all the fun, but this month’s slow down has been a welcome change. The moments with the kids are precious, they grow way too fast. Here’s to soaking in the little moments 🙂

  • Jessica Joachim January 16, 2018 12.04 am

    January is a slower month, but I really enjoy it. I like the no plans weekends and lazy days at the house with the kids. It is nice to slow down after the business of the Holidays.

  • Krystel | Disney on a Budget January 16, 2018 12.11 am

    I love January as well. So many important birthdays, including my own. Your rest time must be great.

  • Jenn January 16, 2018 01.46 am

    I never really thought about it this way! It’s good to have some time to savor the moments.

  • Terri Steffes January 16, 2018 03.07 am

    I think it is important to regroup in January. We have a lot of holidays that come up and this is a good time to sit back and do some planning.

  • Maria Katsulos January 16, 2018 03.51 am

    This is such an interesting take on the January lull. For me, December is my favorite month (it’s my birthday month, as well as Christmas of course) and I’m always sad when it’s over. Reframing it like this really helps!!

  • Charlotte January 16, 2018 12.19 pm

    I wish my Januaries were a lull! I am currently swamped because I take off a few weeks in December but we have a lot of birthdays and activities throughout January. February/March time is my jam!

  • Karyl | Karyl’s Kulinary Krusade January 16, 2018 01.31 pm

    I’m definitely one of those people who hates the winter cold! I live in Oklahoma, and the wind chill is -7 right now…BOO!!! Days like today are exactly the type of days when I would do the same thing as you…snuggle by the fire, take the time to spend together, and recharge for when life does get crazy

  • Christina January 16, 2018 08.45 pm

    I love January for it brings a fresh start in my mind and it’s a bit slower than other months.

  • kimberly lewis January 16, 2018 08.52 pm

    thank you for reminding me that there are good things about January. It’s my hardest month.

  • Tara January 16, 2018 10.02 pm

    I really enjoy January & February too for the reasons you listed. It’s also nice in January because it feels like a start-over as we just came into a new year.

  • Brittany January 17, 2018 02.59 am

    This really put a positive spin on the month of January for me as I usually view it as dull and gray. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Karrie Frost January 17, 2018 02.26 pm

    There is something serene about the calm of January. Although I never thought about it before reading this post, it has resonated with me.

  • Jeanine Macintosh January 17, 2018 02.30 pm

    This year was extremely busy before the holiday season and being pregnant, the baby took a lot out of me along with the deadlines. I am so grateful for the lull this year.

  • Bird January 17, 2018 02.47 pm

    The January lull is so welcome sometimes, isn’t it?? We had a crazy Christmas but now we’re all suffering with the flu — tbh, I’d give anything to be better and out of the house doing something right now though! haha. Enjoy your family time — it really does just go by so fast xx

  • Jenna January 17, 2018 07.12 pm

    I’m right there with you. Granted, I normally leave my Christmas decorations up through January but because I want to actually have the time to enjoy them after the nonstop going of summer through the holidays. It starts to ramp up in the spring and doesn’t slow down til now it feels like. As it is, my husband is working from home today due to snow, my 3 year old and I are stuck in the house for the same reason. We’re all in our pjs and cozy. It’s nice to be forced to slow down and just breathe. Very needed after all the rushing around.

  • Nicole January 18, 2018 03.06 am

    I’m a big Christmas lover and we go all out but I must say I really do love the January lull. Its a great time to just spend with the kiddos and family without all the hustle and bustle.

  • Michelle Garrett January 18, 2018 03.45 pm

    I have truly loved the January lull! We’ve had a few snow days and made the most of the family time together with no place we need to be but with one another.

  • Toya January 18, 2018 09.10 pm

    Your so right January is the lull month where things slow down. I usually need it as a break from the Christmas holiday that we have just come from. it’s a great time to reflect and regroup.

  • Jean January 22, 2018 09.13 pm

    Sounds like you get to have a lovely January. My January is the complete opposite – so busy! I wish sometimes I could just have a day of doing nothing, but there is absolutely no chance of that!


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