New Year's Eve Celebrations ~ Shih Tzu Costumes for the Holiday
New Year's Eve
Ring out the old and bring in the new!!! Every year all around the world New Year's Eve celebrations are held. No matter how the previous year has gone, I believe that with every new year comes the hope and promise of better things that lie ahead of us.
Within each of us is the ability to make changes. At the end of each year is a time for reflection.
Many people send out Christmas letters with a recap of the highlights of the year tucked into their Christmas cards. The letters might include important family events such as new births, anniversaries, graduations, family pets, fun vacation trips and other things of note. Occasionally the news is sad regarding the passing of people or pets.
While everyone's news might vary, most all of us share a common bond during this end point of the year in hoping that the brand new year ahead will bring peace and happiness to those we know as well as others with whom we share this small planet.
Everyone may differ in how they choose to bring in the new year, but there are some commonalities shared worldwide. One such feature is the setting off of fireworks displays.
Did you know that fireworks dated back to the 7th century and originated in China? To this day, most of the fireworks sold and distributed worldwide are manufactured in China.
Cities all around the world typically spend much time and money to choreograph the pyrotechnic event with music timed carefully to the amazing bombastic fireworks displays.
In Houston, Texas, the downtown buildings serve as the dramatic backdrop for those aerial wonders of bright colors in all shapes and configurations that light up the darkened skies. Of course, there are also other fireworks shows put on at different locations around the city.
In the neighborhoods outside of the city limits, firecrackers and rockets are also set off much to the delight of participants who like the sights, sounds and smells of the exploding devices.
Unfortunately, pets do not share in that delight and are often scared. We keep our cats and dog inside and try to reassure them that the world is not ending as they scurry about wide-eyed looking for a haven.
On television, one can view the fireworks displays from all around the world. Each year they try to make each event a bit different from past years. Of course, the settings are the same.
We have often viewed dazzling fireworks performances showing backdrops of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, beautiful Sydney Harbor in Australia and the iconic ball drop in Times Square in New York City among many other beautiful locations.
Celebrating New Year's Eve
Many people make an event of New Year's Eve and wish to stay up until midnight to toast one another and the new year with a sip of champagne or some other libation.
The last seconds of the clock is typically counted off..."Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!" is heard in unison by the assembled group of people...be it a few or many.
The song Auld Lang Syne which dates back to 1788 and written by the poet Robert Burns is often sung.
Hugs and kisses are given, and people often wear silly hats and blow horns and use other noisemakers. Of course, the fireworks commence, and the air is filled with happy thoughts and actions.
The first few seconds of the New Year have begun!
My husband and I have gone out for the New Year festivities on some occasions, and have stayed home to celebrate at times with friends.
I'll never forget the time when we lived in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, my parents called us shortly after midnight from McAllen, Texas, one year and woke us up. We had decided to go to bed early that night. They were amazed that we were not up to celebrating the birth of the new year! Ah but then my parents always loved a good party!
Several years at the invitation of a good friend, we brought in the New Year at the downtown Petroleum Club in Houston. The photos below show my mother, hubby, and me and the ice sculpture representing the date of 1999.
Celebrating New Year's Eve at the Petroleum Club in HoustonClick thumbnail to view full-size
Another Year is About to Begin!
I wish everyone a wonderful year ahead filled to the brim with all good things possible.
If you celebrate New Year's Eve by drinking alcoholic beverages, please remember to drink responsibly or better yet have a designated driver who does not imbibe. You don't want to end up looking like this last photo!
I am thanking Judi Gullickson for the use of her Shih Tzu photos to illustrate some of my posts. How she ever gets them to pose like this is fantastic!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Peggy Woods