Monday, December 28, 2009

The New Year's Bonfire


As we do every year, we will be burning a bonfire to light in the New Year.
We will write our troubles onto bits of paper and toss them into the flames so that we can start the new year free of old burdens.
And as we do every year, we invite all our friends and acquaintances to send us their troubles to add to the flames. If you'd like to participate, send an email to susannaholstein@yahoo.com and I will print it out and toss it into the fire for you. You do not need to tell me your problems if you prefer not to--simply send a message saying "burn this" and that will be just fine. No one but me will see your note in any case.
In past years we've had messages from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends and family.

11 comments:

cherylhotton said...

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog , I found it accidentally [ as so often happens ] and I check here every day for a now posting . Here in Canada we celebrate Boxind Day as the British do , Queen Elizabeth is our soverign leader after all . Hugs to you from a New Brunswick , Canada visitor .

Granny Sue said...

Hi Cheryl,

thank you for visiting! I am always interested in who is reading and what they're thinking.

Connie said...

Granny Sue? If you've got a whole ream of paper laying around languishing unused and unwanted, just toss it in on my behalf. :)

Kidding aside, this sounds like a wonderful tradition. I've done the burn the worries thing before but never thought of doing it on New Year's and making it a tradition. It now is - this very second I have a new tradition. I'll be burning my own ream - but I need all the mojo I can get sooooooooo.

In the blessings category, please know that I enjoy you and your blog. It was a good day when I clicked on a link and found myself here. I don't click as often as I should and I resolve to change that.

Connie

Granny Sue said...

Connie, I will certainly add your troubles to the pile to be burned.

I look forward to your blog too; your humor makes my day--and even when things are not so good, reading what you've written sends me away knowing that I'm not the only one struggling in a job I don't like and with issues that seem to just get more complex as I get older.

Twisted Fencepost said...

What a great idea!!
I may just have to do this here on the farm.
We can never have too many traditions!!

Granny Sue said...

Agree, TW! Traditions give extra meaning and fun to a holiday. Let me know if you do it--or even better, blog it!

Susan at Stony River said...

A bonfire on a dark cold night is a wonderful thing!

You'll be getting an email from me...maybe a list LOL

Granny Sue said...

Send the list, Susan, and we'll burn it all! Maybe next year you'll be at the fire with us--would that not be fun?

Granny Kate said...

I love it! We do something like this for Solstice. I build our Solstice fire, then light a candle from the fire and bring it in to place on the altar with our intentions written on a paper beneath the candle holder.

First50 said...

This is a lovely tradition. I don't have anything for you to burn, but I so love the idea.

Staci Lynn said...

What a fabulous idea! We are so having a bonfire tonight!

I did this when I moved to Georgia a few years back. I piled everything I wanted to leave behind in a box (old boyfriend pics and letters, debts I owed, ties to people I no longer wished to be tied to, etc...) and threw it in a bonfire one by one saying goodbye.

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