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17 Things To Look Forward To Now That The Holidays Are Over

It's January and we're feeling deflated. Now what?

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1. The return of your favorite TV shows

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Whether it's a much-anticipated season premiere (Community, Downton Abbey, Suburgatory) or the end of the impossibly cruel winter recess, the result is the same. Our friends are baaaaack!

Date(s): Now through early March. Check out the full list here.

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6. More specifically, awards show hosts

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With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler back for the Golden Globes, and Ellen DeGeneres returning to host the Oscars, the shows are pretty much guaranteed to be killers.

8. Billy Joel's open-ended residency at Madison Square Garden

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Yes, much of Billy Joel's career has been relegated to no-repeat-workday radio, but he's the piano man. "And So It Goes"? Poetry.

Date(s): Once a month, indefinitely, starting January 27 (tickets here)

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11. Sochi Olympics

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The Winter Games have been surrounded by controversy, with concerns over public saftety, behind-the-scenes corruption, and not least of all Russia's anti-gay laws dominating much of the conversation. Still, everyone knows winter sports are the best, and those watching will have two weeks of skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, and curling to enjoy.

Date(s): February 6 — 23

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16. Cheap(er) winter airfare

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Most people don't want to travel in the cold, and you can make that work for you by booking flights at sometimes half the price of peak travel tickets. Just, you know, layer up.

Date(s): Now through April