Pin It I know all of my many, many loyal readers read my ode to the Christmas season last month. (Don't worry--that's sarcasm in print. I am not so delusional as to think many more people than our respective parents read my pontifications on a regular basis.)
So at this point, we all know what a Christmas fanatic I am. And I guess when New Year's rolls around, I'm able to get a small idea of what bewilderment others may feel toward my obsession with the yuletide. I am not into New Year's. I never have been. It doesn't make much difference to me to make a big deal out of a new year starting. The past two I have spent working. Every other before that has been marked by minimal partying, especially since the only real "parties" I can remember attending for the Eve were prior to my 21st birthday.
I volunteered to work these past two since I get time and a half and it matters so little to me and so much to others. When I was working last year and explaining how it actually wasn't my holiday, I said to my co-worker that I didn't understand why people cared. Apparently this person did, and she told me all about how people see it as a chance at a new beginning, a time to start over. I guess I see that.
But...it's kinda how I feel about New Year's resolutions. Why are we waiting for a new year to start good habits and end bad? My sister-in-law seemed to have the same sentiment the other day as she wrote about what she wanted to do in 2011. We don't do New Year's resolutions. If something is important enough for me to start or stop doing, why wait months to do it? Every day (or night in my case!) we get a chance to start over. New Year's is simply one of those, just like the other 364.
But...(again), that's just me. If marking the new year is what helps you cope in the changes you need to make and gives you hope for a new life, nation, world--then by all means, celebrate. We all have our ways of dealing and events that keep us renewed. It's not like I do the best job of implementing change on a daily basis anyway. I'm probably not one to talk.
Perhaps I should take a page out of your book. You know, the one that you resolved to read for the month of January as part of your read-a-book-a-month resolution. :-)
Happy New Year!