The Best Resolution for a Happy New Year
Celebrating the New Year
The celebration of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day is the oldest holiday celebrated and dates back to over 4,000 years ago. The Roman senate declared January 1st the new year in 153 BC (before Christ). The new year is celebrated all over the world, in various ways, with many traditions. Some believe certain foods will bring wealth, some believe your friends (good and bad) will bring you good or bad luck, and others wear a certain color underwear believing it will bring them good fortune.
Here in the U.S. we celebrate with drinking, dancing, and parties. Millions of people gather in New York in Times Square to watch the 1,000+ pound ball drop at midnight. We may hug and kiss others at the stroke of midnight. And often we make New Year's resolutions.
Interesting Facts About New Year's Eve and New Year's Day:
-the first ball dropped in Times Square in 1907
-the first ball weighed 700 pounds and was made of wood and iron--today it's made of Waterford Crystal and weighs 1,070 pounds
-the only year the ball didn't drop was during WWII in 1942-1943
-the most common resolution is to lose weight
-45% of Americans make a new year's resolution
-1/2 of all those making resolutions break them by the 2nd week
-more vehicles are stolen on New Year's Day than during any other holiday
Definition of Resolution:
-a firm decision to do or not to do something
The Best Resolution!
So whether you are going out on the town, partying with family and friends, or simply staying home and watching the ball drop on TV, remember that this is a new beginning, a chance to start over. Often times when we mess up or don't fulfill our resolutions, we tend to give up. Don't ever give up. Each day is a new day. So start each new day with the best resolution; commit yourself to God, and resolve to be the best YOU that you can be.
Happy New Year--and Happy New You!
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you -Philippians 3:12-15 ESV
-Lisa Freeman is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and certified pet therapist and dog trainer from Owosso, Michigan. She specializes in empowering others, behavior modification, and rescue and recovery. Contact Lisa Today