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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.