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Happy New Year?

Updated on July 17, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hogmanay or New year's eve as it is better known around the world is a time for friends and families to get together and celebrate the dawn of a new year as the clock strikes midnight.

The New Year is a chance for a fresh start, a time for forgetting things that have happened between you in the past and looking forward to the future as a family.

Out with the old and in with the new, "Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind" as the Scottish bard once wrote.

After the celebrations and after a bit of sleep we awaken to what feels like a very long boring Sunday, Yes we may have a special dinner planned and Yes we might still have a few friends and family over but after the midnight party New Years Day just fades into a festive flop.

Jimmy Scrooge

After the party is over New Years Day becomes a long drawn out affair.
After the party is over New Years Day becomes a long drawn out affair. | Source

A Scottish New Year Tradition

In Scotland there is a tradition that you have at least a penny in your pocket when midnight strikes to ensure that your pockets will never be empty in the coming year.

The Stroke Of Midnight And New Years Day

We all look forward to the advent of a New Year, look forward to spending time with family and friends and maybe even meeting some new people. We all gather around the TV counting down from 10 - 1, before screaming at the top of our voices "Happy New Year" then linking hands and joining in a chorus from the above mentioned Auld Lang Syne.

After the obligatory handshakes, kisses and hugs to wish everyone in the present company a Happy New Year we party for a couple of hours with a small drink or two and then head off to bed.

Celebrations over we awake and maybe it's a hangover, maybe it's just that we are just partied out after all of the festive celebrations or maybe it's just the fact that you had big expectations for the New Year and now that it is here you don't feel any difference from the old year. Whatever it is the actual day time of New Years Day goes down like a lead balloon.

A Resolution I Can keep

I have decided not to eat any liver this year for my resolution, I am sure that I will be brave and strong enough to keep to it this year.
I have decided not to eat any liver this year for my resolution, I am sure that I will be brave and strong enough to keep to it this year. | Source

New Years Resolutions and Broken Promises

At new year we all decide to make resolutions and make promises to ourselves that we know that we will never keep. To make things simpler we should just make resolutions that we know we will keep, such as a non smoker promising him/her self that they will not have a cigarette this year or a T/totaler promising that they won't drink. Resolutions like this would always be kept and the pressure that we put ourselves through to keep to them would be gone.

This year I have promised to myself that I will not eat any liver, a promise that I will surely keep because I cannot even look at the stuff without having the urge to vomit.

A New Year

January the 1st is just the next day in line on the calendar and not a new beginning as people seem to think.
January the 1st is just the next day in line on the calendar and not a new beginning as people seem to think. | Source

The Real Problem With The New Year

The real problem with a new year is that it is just another day,it is just the next day in line on the calendar and it is in fact not the new beginning that everyone seems to expect it to be.

In the run up to a new year we all hope for better than we had in the current year and after a while we begin to realise that things haven't improved that much at all. We then begin thinking about the next year ahead of us hoping that things will get better then again. it is a vicious circle and we always seem to fall into the trap.

The quicker that we realise that problems don't just disappear at eleven fifty nine pm on the 31st of December the quicker we can pull up our socks and work on resolving the problems that we have in our everyday lives.

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind" is a great ideal but sadly the reality of life hits home as soon as the celebrations come to a close, the world may be a year older but our problems what ever they are, are still there waiting for us to deal with them.


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    • molometer profile image


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      You nailed it Jimmy.

      All those hectic celebrations are swiftly followed by the latest 'fitness' craze, that bombard us on New Years day and on into january.

      Real change takes a little more planning, persistence and patience.

      A refreshing read.

      I can live without eating liver too. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub, but I don't understand why you won't eat liver??? I love it fried with onions, and some brown gravy made from the drippings. I resolve not to eat any more steak my neighbor invites me to eat. He serves it raw. I'm going to respectfully decline next time!

      Happy New Year.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, it's the same ole trap, but I'm still always hopeful. :-) Loved this hub. Voted up and others! I actually like liver, so I'll resolve not to eat any anchovies this year. I think that's a resolution I can keep. Enjoyed the read!

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      Fibromyalgia Daughter 

      6 years ago from Seattle

      Ah yes, the first New Years blog I've read so far, or as I like to call it, International Hangover Day (AKA my birthday, poor me). Best of wishes to you, and keep on writing!

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      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a very gentle way to say it....'nuf of the new years' resolution and be real because "the world may be a year older but our problems what ever they are, are still there waiting for us to deal with them."--this is so true.

      Thanks to Sunshine625, I had a good read and as I told her earlier, I don't do resolutions, I find solutions but I set my goals.

      This a very clever hub. Voted up and sharing. Happy New Year!

      P.S. Eww, for the liver! :) Excuse me!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Happy New Year Jimmy, and watch out for that hangover! lol! and yes I totally agree with you, a new year is no different from any other day, we should try our hardest each and every day, nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Amen Jimmy! Well said, accurate and to the point.

      Happy New Year to YOU! :)


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