It's hard to believe that it's time to ring out the old and cheer in the new. It's also time to write about your New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and New Year's Resolution memories!
*Do you remember the first time you were allowed to stay up and see in the New Year? How old were you?
*How did you and your typically spend New Year's Eve during your youth? Did you go to a Watch Night Service and participate in communion and prayer? Did you watch the ball drop in Times Square on television? Did your community have a fireworks show?
*Did you have first-footers, mummers, or bang pots and pans on your front porch? Did you wear party hats and use noisemakers?
*If New Year's Eve involved feasting of some kind, what were the usual fare and beverages?
*How do all of the above compare to the way you celebrate New Year's Eve now?
*What about New Year's Resolutions? Did you make any when you were younger? Do you make them now? How well do you keep them? Was there any year when you really did a fabulous job at keeping them? What were your goals and how did you keep them?
*How did you typically spend New Year's Day in your childhood and youth? Did you visit family and friends? Did your family host an Open House? Did you watch the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl game or another favorite sport? Or did you go to your favorite ski resort?
*How does it compare to the way you spend New Year's Day now?
*Are there any special customs from your heritage that are integrated into your New Year's celebrations?
*If you celebrate Christmas or another seasonal holiday before the New Year, when do you take down the decorations and put them away?