Christmas is over, which means life has returned to its normal pace. It’s still cold and wet outside, but we don’t have the comfort of eating mountains of food or anticipating presents. To make things worse since everyone has used all their goodwill, and a large part of their bank balances on Christmas, January seems even drabber and dull by comparison – even the sales aren’t enough to drag us out of Post-Festive gloom.

So what does 2015 offer by way of excitement? There are plenty of great sporting and social events to look forward to in the year ahead – all you have to do is survive the month and it’s all uphill from there!

First up, of course, is the Super Bowl XLIX; to be contested on the 1st of February at the University of Phoenix Stadium. As probably the world’s largest, richest and most publicised annual sporting event the Super Bowl has a place in the heart of everyone; even those with no interest in NFL the other 364 days a year! Over 110m viewers watched and advertisers paid an average of $ 4.2m for a 30 second commercial spot during the big game!

February actually promises a whole host of excitement. As soon as the Super Bowl is over, Rugby fans will be captured by the Six Nations tournament, which starts February 6th. For non-rugby lovers though, something much more exciting occurs on February 7th – The Oscars! The annual award season scrap for votes has already begun and currently The Imitation Game and Grand Budapest Hotel are considered frontrunners. Far more important than the winners though is the event itself, a rare taste of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood life. Neil Patrick Harris hosts this year, and it will be interesting to see if he replicates the famous “selfie” from last time!

Then, of course is the famous Cheltenham festival – which is always timed to coincide with St. Patrick’s day. As we have mentioned before, preparations are already underway to accommodate the over 250,000 spectators who will visit across 4 days of racing. Lubricated by Guinness, champagne and thousands of tons of food sold each year, the excitable crowd makes such a buzz during the opening race that it has become known as the “Cheltenham Roar”.

If there’s one thing that’s definitely getting better as time passes it’s the range of services available at bookmakers. Whereas once nobody except serious gamblers would consider placing anything more complex than an each-way bet, now it’s common to find place, lay and other exotic bets advertised. What’s more, mobile apps and live updates mean you can keep up-to-date with your sport and betting options on the move; taking the game to a whole new level. Making your picks for Cheltenham, or any other race, can be stressful but if you’re looking for top quality betting tips bookies is one such option.

January is undoubtedly the toughest month of the year – but we’ve got some un-missable sporting and cultural events coming up soon after. As soon as January 31st rolls by, we can collectively sigh as we get out of the worst month of the year and towards better things – before letting our hair down for a traditional Super Bowl bash!

BOE Magazine