Celebrating “National Thank You Month” All January Long

After a season of giving and receiving, it’s nice to take a moment to say ‘thanks’ to our family and friends. We have a lot to be thankful for at Crane’s Mill.

January is National Thank You Month

In January, notoriously known as the coldest of winter months here in New Jersey, it’s nice to know that it has been christened “National Thank You Month.” It’s curiously placed, as Thanksgiving is not too far in our rear-view-mirrors, but we do see its merit—the holidays were filled with the spoils of presents, meals, desserts, entertainment, and much more, so perhaps January is a very good time to say ‘thanks.’

At Crane’s Mill, we’re thankful for all of the good times we had over the holiday season, including a wonderful Hanukkah dinner, many events to sing praise at Christmas, and a fun New Year’s celebration.

What are you thankful for? Send us an email to let us know—we will post our favorite responses right here on the Crane’s Mill Courier.

It’s Groundhog Day on the Crane’s Mill Courier!

Have you seen the movie Groundhog Day? It’s a modern classic starring Bill Murray. If you have, you’ll realize at least some irony in our repeating of last year’s post about the prognosticator of prognosticators, Punxsutawney Phil—the world-famous groundhog!

Continue on for a complete overview of Groundhog Day through history!

Did you know that the first took place on February 2, 1887? Follow the link below to learn more about this fun day, its meaning, and how we came to rely on a cuddly creature to predict the duration of our winter season!

Here is the link to History.com, which includes facts, trivia, and more about this famous forecasting rodent’s big day!

Famous Leap Year Birthdays: Celebrities We Love Born on February 29th

Imagine being born on February 29?

Crane's Mill Wayback MachineIs it true if you’re born on February 29, do you age at a quarter of the speed? If your birthday only comes along once every four years, that trade-off seems fair to us!

Here are some of our favorite celebrities that we were surprised to learn were born on this date unique to leap year!

Dennis Farina (1944-2013) – former Chicago policeman turned Law & Order favorite was seen on many movies and television programs through the years.

Monte Kiffin (born 1940) – NFL Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator and father of current college football coach Lane Kiffin.

Michele Morgan (born 1920) – the French film star, who turns 95 this year, is known mostly for her European work, but also star alongside Hollywood royalty Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart.

Al Rosen (1924-2015) – this Major League Baseball third baseman won a World Series in 1948, and went on to become a multi-time All Star and 1953’s American League MVP.

Dinah Shore (1916-1944) – famous singer and actress whose career spanned four decades, including a string of 80 charted pop hits in the 1940s and 1950s.

Do you know someone with a February 29 birthday? How and when do they celebrate? Click here to send us an email, we’d love to know!