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We have had so many New Year’s traditions over the years.  As a child, it was always tons of late night movies and junk food and the whole family just being together.  As an adult, my traditions have included everything from banging pots and pans with my step-kids to lighting fireworks on the beach with friends and family.  Imagine the time the fireworks were duds and my husband and his friend Kenneth did a fireworks performance with only matches.  Hysterical, albeit, pathetic.

One tradition I try and keep is watching the ball, the apple now, drop in Time Square.  The first year I missed it ever was when we were in California and were coming back from San Francisco into L.A.  I was all stressed out thinking I was going to miss that ball, but then I looked around me and a motorcyclist completely lit up in Christmas lights passed our car.  And I realized, sometimes you just gotta let tradition go and ride that moment.

For me, finding simplicity is about sticking to traditions while they fit my life, going with the flow when they don’t and grabbing new ones when it makes sense.  Traditions, after all, are about passing on customs and beliefs.  So, maybe it’s not so important whether we are banging pots or lighting fireworks.  Maybe it is really about setting aside the time to be together, to celebrate the New Year coming, honor the past year and dream together of futures that lie ahead.

Happy New Year and tell me, what are your thoughts on tradition and what are your New Year’s traditions?

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      Marya1961 wrote Dec 29, 2009
    • I agree with tradition and like to incorporate old with new thoughts and ideas.  We as a small family (hub, myself and our son) say a prayer and group hug until we can hear our bones crack..lol..that has always been important to us.estatic



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      Maria Murphy wrote Dec 30, 2009
    • That’s a great one.  Thanks for sharing!

      Maria



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      Linni wrote Jan 3, 2010
    • my children and i are always home together on New years Eve.. ( lol i dont usually go anywhere.. ) we have all kinds of things : lil weiners in BBQ sauce, cheese and crackers, Shirley Temples, olives, pickles etc., and then at nidnight sparkeling grape juice..we say a prayer for the new year coming in, and for each other..
      OH! lol and my 11 year old takes a day and makes confetti, that we throw at midnight, and that I ultimatley have to clean up! LOL



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