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In With the New Year, Welcome 2022

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Out with the old year 2021

In with the new year, 2022 and out with the old year 2021. Most of us would say, "good riddance" to 2021 because it was a painful year for many of us. According to the New York Times, Julie Bosman and Lauren Leatherby published Oct. 21, 2021 that the death toll surpassed 700,000 in the United States from corona virus.

Then came along the Delta variant that was said to be more infectious and was leading to increased transmissibility when compared with other variants, even in some vaccinated individuals according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One more thing to plague the people, Omicron. Scientist really don't know that much about it but says it has been detected in most states and territories and is rapidly increasing. The CDC has admitted they don’t yet know how easily it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, or how well available vaccines and medications work against it.

Happy to see a painful, pandemic 2021 leave behind so much sickness and death. Welcome hope for a positive change in the new year 2022 in all things.

Looking back at 2021

Looking back at 2021, even with all the terrible things happened, I still have much to be thankful for.

  1. Health
  2. Home
  3. Work
  4. Family

I still have all of these things and I can call myself blessed. It could have been the other way. I could have been part of the statistics and not be here at all. I thank you Lord Jesus for sustaining and keep me and all I have listed above!



New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City will go ahead as scheduled but will be "scaled back", Mayor Bill De Blasio says, as party-goers will have to be fully vaccinated, wear face masks and practice social distancing measures amid the spread of the omicron variant.


New Year's Eve event

Other than your own home, it is said, New York is the best place in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve and now it will be one of the safest other than your home against COVID as well.” Mayor-elect Eric Adams said in a written statement endorsing the new precautions. “New Yorkers and visitors alike can now enjoy Times Square and the rest of our city as we ring in 2022.

New Year's Eve in Time Square, New York


New Years, the most celebrated holiday

More people celebrate New Years around the world than any other holiday. Not that it means that we all celebrate it in the same way or the same day. We have different cultures and countries and they celebrate different that we do in the USA. Here we celebrate at home, parties, night clubs and going to Time Square New York to the ball drop.

There's not space here to provide you with all countries and how they celebrate, so I'll just stick with what some of us do here in the US because there are 39 time zones and 195 countries that celebrate on days and months other than January first. Some celebrate according to the moon.

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No matter when or where, the major piece is food! Most of the menus are tradition and very tasty. New Year’s traditions are celebrated by people all around the world. These shared customs are part of what makes the New Year one of the planet’s most popular holidays.

Southern traditional New Year's menu

Ever since I was a tiny tot, my mother prepared an ole fashioned, southern traditional New Year's menu that her mother and grandmother prepared when she was a child that included the following:

  • Greens were a must, turnips or collards started off the menu. The greens were said to bring in the money for the year coming in.
  • Peas were on the list as well but not just any peas, the peas had to be black eyed peas. It was said, the peas brought in the luck.
  • Hog Jawls were the meat used to season the two veggies.The significance was luck. Some menus served them fried.
  • Chitterlings, sweet potatoes and or ham is served in many households at this time of the year. I don't know of any significance, just part of the menu.

My menu will include the majority of that list as I must keep the tradition alive as I have family and grand kids. My mother and grandmother has passed on.


Auld Lang Syne

This song was not written but transcribed by Robert Burns, poet in 1783. It was a Scottish folk song which translation meant "old long since" which means days gone by. Auld Lang Syne has become the most popular New Year’s song in the world.

The tradition of singing it at midnight on New Year’s Eve was popularized by a Canadian band, Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians.

The New Years song

Singing “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight. Auld Lang Syne has become the most popular New Year’s song in the world.



The New Year's Anthem

New Year's resolutions

Every year people make New Year's resolutions that aren't kept. Usually they are commitments to make some effort towards self-improvement. Most of us set the same ones year after year. Why don't we try something different:

  • Stop watching the scale. Let's walk, work out and exercise to fell better.
  • Speak positively and give at least one compliment a day. It may help someone feel better, it cost nothing to be kind.
  • Let's spread smiles, give a book, read a book. It reduces stress and increase memory.
  • Get out of your comfort zone, do something different, go some place you've never been, you'll learn new things.
  • Clean up your house, get rid of clutter, it's not healthy. Work towards getting organized.
  • Use some of your pay for an investment or savings. Waste not want not, plan for the future, even if it's a small percent. It adds up.

Now try these instead of making resolutions that you won't keep.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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