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Happy New Year?
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.
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
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
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.