Sunday, December 31, 2017

And So The Year Ends

A few little flowers to brighten the day
 Last New Year's Eve and New Year's Day were warmer than normal--so warm we worked outside almost all day on New Year's. This year it is the exact opposite, very cold and the ground covered in snow.

Last year we went out on New Year's Eve for the first time in years, taking in the music for First Night in Charleston, WV. We had a great time and were home in time for a fire to see the new year in.

This year? We will not be budging from the house. With predicted temperatures near zero and about 3 inches or more of snow on the ground, the better part of valor is to stay put.
We're all set to celebrate though, with eggnog and a good fire in the fireplace, and the pets inside too. Dinner is all planned: ham, blackeye peas for luck, cabbage with money in it for riches, and sweet potatoes for health (I made that one up, but it's not a bad idea!).

I will miss being out with people though. Usually we have a bonfire with family, and burn our troubles in the fire. But not this year--this year I think everyone will be doing much the same as we are. There's always the phone to keep us connected.

What are your plans? Are you going out? Staying in? Cooking? Sleeping? Do tell!

Here are some links to past posts I wrote about New Year's traditions, in case you need some ideas.

Folktales, Legends, and Superstitions for New Year's Day

Starting the New Year Right--more folkore!

Tradition Bound--thinking about family traditions.

And a whole compendium of New Year's stuff!

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Boud said...

Thanks for your blog. Lovely to follow and step into a life very different from mine.

Solo this evening, nice homemade soup, pink sparkling wine, champagneish, good reading. After a day of sorting all the garbage to take out before the year ends. And art materials to donate at first opportunity.

Bitter cold, windchill firmly below zero f. I had stocked the feeder and there's a crowd of birds, many species, feeding on the suet mix.

Happy New Year to you and husband!

Granny Sue said...

Happy New Year, Boud! I have enjoyed following your blog--as you say, our lives are different but there are core values we share. Blessings on you and yours in the coming year!

Jenny said...

We'll be home tonight. No special meal planned & hoping to get to sleep early if the neighborhood fireworks will let me. Even though we're rural the fireworks started last night!

I've barely been out of bed since the 14th & had surgery on the 22nd so I'm perfectly happy for a quiet evening inside.

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