The Countdown…

What are your plans for this New Year’s Eve? This is the first year ever I won’t be able to plan being that I’ll be 38 weeks pregnant New Year’s week. It doesn’t bother me; I’m excited about the new bundle of joy. However reflecting upon New Years passed, I think I’ve stayed up until midnight each year of my adult life so far and made my traditional New Year’s wish. I enjoy bringing in the New Year with people I love and enjoy, and am filled with a feeling of accomplishment to have “made it” through another twelve months.

IMG_5007Different cultures and different people in different cultures have their own ways for celebrating New Year’s as well as they have customs and traditions they like to uphold. Most people see the beginning of a new year as a new slate or a fresh start. For this reason it’s particularly common in western culture to make a New Year’s resolution , or a promise to oneself to change something in one’s behavior for the better in the New Year. Some top resolutions according to statistics are to stop smoking, lose weight and to spend less money. This is why you may find the gym full in the beginning of the year. Resolutions however require a lot of self-discipline to hold up through the whole year.

In Japan Oshugatsu is the most important holiday of the year, and is also known as the bringing in of the year of renewal. Throughout December there are a number of festivals celebrated to wash away the negativity of the previous years. In The Netherlands, Christmas trees are burned in major bonfires; the burning is also symbolic of ridding oneself of the old to make room for the new. In the United States, and one of the things on my bucket list of things I’d like to do one day, thousands of people gather in Times Square in New York City to watch the ball (made out of Waterford crystal) drop at 11:59 and make its one minute descent.

Whatever your plans may be (feel free to share), whether you prefer to keep it cozy with loved ones or celebrate surrounded by hundreds at a public venue, we at TIP TOP wish you the best and positive energy coming into the New Year!