“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”

No mistake about it. Winter has us in its clutches. It’s darn cold now and will go even lower tonight, to 19˚. The Christmas warmth must have been a gift from Mother Nature who is back to her old self again. As for me, I have to go out for an hour or so then I’m hurrying home to get cozy, nestle under the afghan and read. The laundry will sit in the hall another day.

This is the lame duck time of the year. Christmas is over and it’s not yet the new year. I guess it’s the week of reading new books and eating Christmas cookies. The weeks before Christmas were busy. There was baking, wrapping and decorating. The cards had to be addressed and they and the packages had to be sent. Every day had a bit of frantic about it. Christmas Day was making dinner then everything was over; everything was finished. I believe I heard a collective sigh of relief.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day demand no preparation. My days of partying, wearing conical hats and blowing noise makers are over. I have no need to join the revelers. In my younger days, I would have been at a party with a drink in hand and a silly hat on my head. Now I’ll be home wearing my pajamas. If I have the celebratory spirit, I can still wear a funny hat and have a drink in my hand. I will definitely watch the Times Square ball fall and I’ll yell Happy New Year.

I remember when I was little, I wanted to be awake for the New Year. My parents agreed, but only because they knew I’d never make it. Midnight was way beyond my usual bedtime. I sat on the couch wearing my hat and holding my noisemaker which I was not allowed to blow because the noise was driving my father crazy. I drank ginger ale and felt adult. I also fell asleep and missed wishing every one a Happy New Year.

I made no resolutions. I liked last year, and I’m happy. I am content with who I am.

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13 Comments on ““Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I rarely have the energy to sit up till the new year arrives 🙂 I might wake up if any neighbor, against the law, send up some fire works. Not because of the sound but because Hector will jump up in my bed trying to lay behind my back 🙂

    But Christmas isn’t over for us yet, we have a Christmas song that says Christmas lasts to easter 🙂 But the Twelfth Night is fairly big here and that’s the time we visit those we had no time to visit during Christmas. But no Christmas food, we are all already tired of that food now 🙂

    We got some sparkling wine as Christmas gift from work so I might open it up but I haven’t open up the bottle of mulled wine yet so I guess this bottke will stay unopened too 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Most years I’m still awake at midnight. My mother used to call me and be the first to wish me a Happy New Year. One year we did first night together. It is on Dec 31st, New Year’s Eve. Many towns and cities have entertainment, ice sculptures, parades and fire works. We did the small town next to hers.

      The parties quiet down after Christmas then reappear for New Year’s Eve. After that, everything slows down.

      Enjoy your celebration.

  2. flyboybob Says:

    Who can predict the future? I’m looking forward to the New Year and what interesting adventures it might bring. Like you I don’t venture out on New Year’s Eve becsuse every second driver on the road is probably inebriated. One second after the time ball drops in Times Square it’s already a historical event.

    New Years’s day in the past was reserved for the four big bowl college football games games. The Rose Bowl, in Pasadena was the match up between the Pac 10 and Big 10 Champions. The Cotton Bowl, in Dallas was the Southwest Conference (which no longer exists) champion against someone unaffiliated like Notre Dame. The sugar Bowl, in New Orleans was the SEC champion against someone else. And The Orange Bowl, in Miami which was an invitation game. Now there’s a bowl game for everyone begining on Christmas day until The Super Bowl. I want the NCAA to create the Toilet Bowl. It would be the game between the worst two teams in division one football. They would play the game in January in Fargo North Dakota. There would be a Toilet Bowl queen and it could be sponsored by Kohler. Going to the Toilet Bowl would be the consolation prize for bad playing.

    When my kids were little they could stay up and watch the ball drop in New York when it was eleven here in the central time zone and they believed that it was the new year. Soon they got too smart and wanted to stay up until midnight here.

    • katry Says:

      I don’t think there are as many parties as there used to be years ago. I always had one or two to which I had been invited, Nobody I know has one now.

      I couldn’t believe the number of bows, many of them totally insignificant. The Globe had an article about it today. The article mentioned two teams which had losing records but winning records in their conferences so they were invited to a bowl game.

      Poor babies-they wished every one a Happy New Year but it wasn’t.

      Have a great evening.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    As a child I tried to stay up to greet the New Year. I’m not sure I ever made it. Later on as a teenager and young adult, I would be at parties and see the New Year in. I especially remember parties at my friend’s parents’ house where we would toast the New Year with her father’s home made egg nog. The World’s Best egg nog ever. We assume the recipe went to the grave with him though I suspect it might be written down somewhere in one of his journals.
    Nowadays I’m back to being asleep well before the ball falls. Usually I wake up just after it has done so. I wish myself a Happy New Year and go back to sleep.

    It was cold here but bright and sunny. I had the dogs walked and my errands done before 9AM. I goofed off for the rest of the day except for washing the dishes and walking the dogs a couple of times. I even have my food contribution for the house party all ready. Sometimes I astonish myself. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Like you, I usually fell asleep before the ball fell but by high school midnight was easy. We didn’t have many in college as most of us were still home on break. I also have a really good egg nog recipe but it starts with already made egg nog.

      I’ll be awake tonight, I think. I am tired but I’l like to hold off.

      It was really cold here. I was out for only a little bit, and I was glad. I couldn’t wait to get to my warm house. It will be even colder tonight.

  4. Jay Bird Says:

    My New Year’s Eve has “evolved” a bit over the years, with friends and I now home on our couches by 9:00 to watch a Netflix movie, then see the ball drop on TV…. a/k/a “Seniors’ New Year’s Eve”. Anderson and Kathy are the new hosts! What a pair!!

    Here’s my favorite version of the traditional (and rather depressing) New Year’s Eve song, done by Kate Taylor w/brother James Taylor backing, c. 1971.


    • Jay Bird Says:

      Hope this plays! In the middle of a freakin’ UTube playlist!! Arghhhhh!!!

      • katry Says:

        It played just fine. I even watched it twice.


      • Jay Bird Says:

        No dice. “Auld Lang Syne” is #100 (ugh!) in the middle of a Kate Taylor playlist. If you have the patience, fast-forward through to 100. It is a very pretty version, and worth the effort. Sorry, coffee people! YouTube sometimes sucks.

    • katry Says:

      I hadn’t ever heard of Kate. I know James’ brother Livingston but Kate is a surprise. Maybe it was because in 1971 I was in Africa and missed her.

      I believe my New Year’s Eve would be in the same category: “Seniors’ New Year’s Eve.” Does that mean I have to take a nap too?

      • Jay Bird Says:

        It played for you? Yeah!!

        Kate didn’t have the vocal skills of brothers James or Livingston, so she never made much noise. She retired from folk singing, became a teacher for 30 years, and then returned to the stage a few years ago.

        Politely, her voice is shot. I found a live recording of Kate doing this song c. 2012, and it was un-listenable. Thanks to Christine Lavin for including her original “Auld Lang Syne” on this holiday compilation album.

        Find a funny movie to keep you awake from 9:00 to midnight, like the Marx Brothers!

      • katry Says:

        It played perfectly.

        I wonder why her voice is shot. Maybe she smoked. James and his brother seem to hold on though their high notes are a bit lower than they used to be.

        I’m awake late tonight which means sleeping later in the morning so I should be able to make it to midnight. I’d hate to miss the new year’s grand arrival.

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