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We were sitting outside at one of our homeschool group’s park playdates recently, when a friend remarked, “I hate January.”
Everyone agreed, chiming in about how depressing and cold it was and that in January we had nothing to look forward to.
And this is in Las Vegas, which gets pretty much no snow and has sunny skies about 300 days out of the year.
The sentiment is the same—even a bit bleaker—from my relatives and friends in the midwest and on the East Coast. My mom always used to tell me that more people than average died in January. I thought she must be making that up, but it turns out that this is partially true.
In many countries, death rates do skyrocket in the winter. You know where they don’t, though? In Scandinavian countries, which have some of the coldest winters around, and where they’ve made an art of celebrating the season.