Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Time for the New Year's Bonfire!

Once again we'll be burning our New Year's bonfire, and we'd like to invite you to share it with us.

Each year, we write our troubles on pieces of paper and toss them in the fire on New Year's Eve, allowing us to start the year with  lighter load. If you would like us to burn your troubles in our fire, send me an email at susannaholstein@yahoo.com, or leave a comment below and I will be sure they go into the flames.

If you prefer not to say what the troubles are, just say "Burn This" in your message and that is just what we will do.



The tradition of fire as a purifying ritual goes far back in man's history, and in Scotland fire festivals are still held on Hogmanay (New Year's Eve). I didn't know the history of fire-purifying rituals when we started doing this in 2000 but it seemed like a good way to start the new year. We've burned hundreds of troubles over the years and it feels good to know that for one moment, we are connecting with someone we might not know, and offering a small service to them as we toss their notes on the fire.

I am looking ahead and hoping for a better year, one that has more peace and less sadness, more joy and less stress, and health and plenty for all.

15 comments:

Country Whispers said...

Lat year I had tons of trouble that you could burn, burn, burn but thankfully this year has turned around and I can't really say that I have any.

Maybe it's because you burned my troubles away last New Year! :0)

No troubles but I always wish for health and happiness for all!
Hope you have a great New Years!

cheryl said...

My dear Sue , I too had a bad last year and was awaiting ileostomy reversal surgery at this time last year . I sent you my problem and poof you burned it away . I am once again healthy , happy and grateful . I have another problem this year , the habit of worrying over nothing and eveything , so if you can throw this in your bonfire I would greatly appreciate it . Many best wishes I send your way for a wonderful , prosperous year ahead .

Anonymous said...

This past year, my troubles have been small, and if not small, then surmountable. So please burn some of the real troubles in the world around us - poverty, ignorance, intolerance - they can all go in my message to be burned. Thanks

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Sue -- I am new to your blog and I know I am going to enjoy it. I think this idea of burning your problems is a great idea. It is like a cleansing and gives one a fresh start into the new year. This year I have been fortunate so I can only say burn for those in need.

I read through your different blogs and read about the loss of your son this year. I lost my son two years ago -- my sincere thoughts of love go out to you and your family.

--- barbara

Granny Sue said...

Thank you, Barbara. It's been a difficult year, but we are fortunate to have such loving family and friends to help us get through. Hugs to you, too--this is a sisterhood no one wants to join, isn't it?

Farmchick said...

What an excellent ritual and one that I may have to start here on my farm. Starting the new year with a clear mind is what so many of us need.

So sorry about the loss of your son. I did not realize that happened this year.

Mama-Bug said...

What a great tradition Sue; sounds like a great way to get rid of whats troubling a body. We just set up a chimmenea in the back yard; we might just have to give this a try. Hope you have a great new year. Hugs from mamabug!

Mimi Foxmorton said...

What a beautiful person you are!
Sending you my 'goatless life' for the Hogmany flames in hopes the Universe will exchange it for a small patch of land and two goats....
My thanks.
Wishing you a bright New Year and looking forward to following your lovely blog!
~Mimi
www.thegoatborrower.blogspot.com

Granny Sue said...

Thank you all for your comments.

Mimi, come back often, you will always be welcome.

Farmchick, thank you for your thoughts. Friends and family are our rock; without, I don't know how we'd manage.

Granny Kate said...

I don't know how to word the thing. I think maybe that's what I want to go in the fire. I want the words to find me.

I want 2011 to be a year when we move forward, back into the stream of things, back among our Kinsmen, people of like mind.

And I'm giving thanks for the advancements of the past year. I'm still a bit amazed!

Brighid said...

Sue, My troubles are few, so I want the troubles of others to be cleaned away via your bondfire.
Wishing us all a year of wonder, love, and peace.

hart said...

Burn this for me...--thanks--Jane

Mimi Foxmorton said...

It warms my heart to know that my goatless life will be going up in flames at midnight........
Thank you, Granny Sue....sincerely.....
;)

GingerGirl said...

Please let my money and relationship problems be a thing of the past and go away with the flames

Granny Sue said...

GingerGirl and Hart, yours have been printed and are ready for the fire. Brighid, thank you. It is good to know everything is smooth for you now, and that you enter the new year in a good place.

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