Thursday, December 31, 2009

It's Another New Year...

Happy New Year!" That greeting will be said and heard for at least the first couple of weeks as a new year gets under way. But the day celebrated as New Year;s Day in modern America was not always January 1. 
Other traditions of the season include the making of New Year's resolutions. That tradition also dates back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. The early Babylonian's most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

The Tournament of Roses Parade dates back to 1886. In that year, members of the Valley Hunt Club decorated their carriages with  flowers. It celebrated the ripening of the orange crop in California.
Although the Rose Bowl football game was first played as a part of the Tournament of Roses in 1902, it was replaced by Roman chariot races the following year. In 1916, the football game returned as the sports centerpiece of the festival.
The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year was begun in Greece around 600 BC. It was their tradition at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility. Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth.
Although the early Christians denounced the practice as pagan, the popularity of the baby as a symbol of rebirth forced the Church to reevaluate its position. The Church finally allowed its members to celebrate the new year with a baby, which was to symbolize the birth of the baby Jesus.
The use of an image of a baby with a New Years banner as a symbolic representation of the new year was brought to early America by the Germans. They had used the effigy since the fourteenth century.
Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends Parties

often last into the middle of the night after the ringing in of a new year. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if that visitor happened to be a tall dark-haired man.
Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune.
Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day. 

The song, "Auld Lang Syne,"  is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scottish tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."  

Listen the music here and sing with your family, friends ..... 

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

It's Another New Year... and from me and Kurt,


I  had read  in another website one sister asking some ideas for Relief Society activity for Valentine's Day!

I decided, then post here something we did before and  all are so lovely. 
Take opportunity and share/teach sisters from Relief Society, Young Women, friends and neighbors.

Some Valentine's Printables and easy inexpensive ideas (Click in the name to open the instructions)


My Binder Form - Task and Chores  has some forms that maybe you'll like, to help keep us on track!

Check it here


Our trip to Omaha, for better or for worse, was definitely "snowing in" (inside the hotel ). When was possible, we had great time with our "kids."

The good thing was "we had our son as guest in the same hotel", so, we could spent some (more) time with him and his wife.

My husband, in one of Old Market stores, surprised me with a fox leg warmer! After I saw the price, I almost killed him! (Us$ 155,00) - Kurt, awake! We live in California!!!!! The broadcast news could be called "Killed on Christmas".....(kkkkkkk)

Snowing or not, "The Stoplight was always there!"Unchangeable"!

The most view scenes

Treasures Moments

Walmart tour for Christmas gifts with Emma and Jason

First date with Emilie Marie

Our friends at Church (Folks' Family)
Jeremy Folks  recently arrived from Afghanistan and was so busy with his callings and friends at the Church.
Missed his picture. Welcome back, Jeremy!

Getting together where was possible!


A mix with American and Danish food
I just need be at least 30 years younger to handle that guy!!!!!

My first check in at the hotel when I arrive is  to look at the bathroom.
Look this of Magnolia Hotel!