New Year's Eve Celebrations ~ Shih Tzu Costumes for the Holiday
Shih Tzu dogs dressed for the New Year
Sydney Fireworks New Years Eve 2012
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.
A Midnight Toast with Champagne
Ball Drop Event for 2012 at Times Square
Did you know that fireworks date back to the 7th century and originated in China?
To this day, most of the fireworks sold and distributed world-wide are manufactured in China.
New Year's Eve fireworks display in Sydney, Australia
Everyone may differ in how they choose to bring in the new year but there are some commonalities shared world wide.
One such feature is the setting off of fireworks displays.
Cities all around the world typically spend much time and money to choreograph the pyrotechnic event with music timed closely to the amazing bombastic fireworks displays.
In Houston, Texas where we live, the downtown buildings serve as the dramatic backdrop for those aerial wonders of sparkling 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 safe 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 dropping in Times Square in New York City among many other beautiful locations.
Beautiful Version of Auld Lang Syne
Celebrating New Year's Eve at the Petroleum Club in HoustonClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 are 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 noise makers.
Of course the fireworks commence and the air is filled with festive 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 actually woke us up. We had decided to go to bed early that night. They were amazed that we were not up 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.
Another Year is about to Begin!
Wishing 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!
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 amazing!
Her are some tips to keep you and others safe if you decide to drink any form of alcohol. Click here for the details.
A bit too much celebrating?
© 2012 Peggy Woods