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New Year's Celebrations Around The World

Welcoming the new year is one of the oldest and gayest customs celebrated the world over. In many places people stay up late to watch the old year out and the new year in. Almost everywhere in the world church bells ring, horns toot, whistles blow, sirens shriek. London's Trafalgar Square and New York City's Times Square swarm with crowds of happy, noisy people. The hullabaloo expresses people's high spirits at holiday time. Many years ago, however, the loud noises were meant to scare away evil spirits, thus giving the new year a fresh start.

New Year's Day is a time for entertaining, visiting, and in many places, gift-giving. Schools, offices, and businesses are closed. Churches hold services on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Since it marks the beginning of the year, New Year's Day is thought of as a good time to make New Year's resolutions - the resolve to do better in the year just beginning than you did in the year just ended.

"Auld Lang Syne" (The Good Old Days) is a song traditionally sung at midnight when horns are blown, confetti is thrown, and a general party atmosphere is created to ring in the New Year with happiness. The outgoing year is often represented by an elderly man known as Father Time and the new year is represented by a baby known as Baby New Year.

New Year's Resolution
By Susan Young

Outside my window a new year I see,
And I can determine what kind of year it will be.
It can be busy and productive and funny,
Or boring, and cold ~~ but I'll make it sunny.
My own state of mind is a determining key
For I am the person that I choose to be.
I can be creative with my crafts on the shelf,
And think more of others than I do of myself.
I can enjoy what I do and make it fun
Rather than gripe and unload on someone.
I can be patient with others less driven
And encourage them to use their talents given.
I'll have faith in myself, what I'll see, what I'll hear;
And I personally intend to make the best of this year!

Recipe For A Happy New Year
Author Unknown

To leave the old with a burst of song
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
To forget the thing that binds you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that's past;
To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the not worthwhile of the days grown old,
To dare to go forth with a purpose true,
To the unknown task of the year that's new;
To help your brother along the road
To do his work and lift his load;
To add your gift to the world's good cheer,
Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.

God grant us this year a wider view,
So we see others' faults through the eyes of You.
Teach us to judge not with hasty tongue,
Neither the adult ... nor the young.

Give us patience and grace to endure
And a stronger faith so we feel secure.
Instead of remembering, help us forget
The irritations that caused us to fret.

Freely forgiving for some offense
And finding each day a rich recompense.
In offering a friendly, helping hand
And trying in all ways to understand;

That all of us whoever we are ...
Are trying to reach an unreachable star.
For the great and small ... the good and bad,
The young and old ... the sad and glad

Are asking today; Is life worth living?
The answer is only in, loving and giving.
For only Love can make man kind
And Kindness of Heart brings Peace of Mind.

By giving love, we can start this year
To lift the clouds of hate and fear.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

Traditional New Year's Toast

Here's to the bright New Year
And a fond farewell to the old;
Here's to the things that are yet to come
And to the memories that we hold.

Marvelicious Gift To You!

New Year's Day Web Sites

Billy Bear's New Year's Page
Don't Drink & Drive
Granny's Happy New Year
Jausten's New Year's Day Page
My Parent's Are Survivors New Year's Page
New Year Greetings, Celebrations & Customs at TheHolidaySpot
There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays

New Year's Day Card Sites

101 New Year.com
123 Greetings

Recommended Reading

Happy New Year!
Charles M. Festive Peanuts

By Charles M. Schulz

It's New Year's! And Snoopy, the unflappable life of the party, is off to a black-tie event. The rest of the Peanuts gang is ruminating over their New Year's resolutions and their party hats.  Ring in the new year with lots of good cheer and a small dose of wisdom from the Peanuts crowd.

Happy New Year, Beni
By Jane Breskin Zalben

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Beni and Sara and their prankish cousin Max spendRosh Hashanah with their grandparents. Adding another warm family story to herholiday book collection, Zalben captures all the joy of this special celebrationthrough her sensitive storytelling and detailed, pastel-colored illustrations.

Happy New Year, Pooh!

(My Very First Winnie the Pooh Series , No 5)
By Robbin Cuddy (Illustrator)
Reading level: Baby-Preschool

The book tells us about Winnie the pooh and his friends, who sing poem about all the months and welcome the New Year. It is a great way to spend your time!

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