Wednesday, December 28, 2011
New Year more than just football
The Germans shoot fireworks on New Year’s to frighten away any evil spirits in the vicinity.
Spaniards gather at midnight in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. As the old clock strikes midnight, each person eats a grape with each strike, believing this brings luck for the new year.
Many people in France and Scandinavia burn yule logs cut from fruit trees to bring a good harvest in the year to come. All of these customs illustrate the need people feel for a fresh start in their lives.
In the United States the unofficial custom (we think) is to sit in front of the TV and watch football until the pattern comes on and the TV goes off for the night on some stations, but if you have cable football just goes on and on and you can find game playing almost any time or place.
If you aren’t a football fan, you have to find another place in the house where there is a television to watch without football. Then, too, you can entertain yourself with the computer, because there is always someone there to chat with.
Like Thanksgiving, the men (and some women) are gather around the set and can’t be torn away for the New Year’s dinner. Many homes have a buffet so all can take the time to pick out what they would like to eat, but they do it during the commercials. When one game ends another starts and there is no intermission for going to the table and sitting for dinner. Mothers and wives have learned a buffet takes care of everything.
For those of us that aren’t football fanatics, you can find oodles to take up your time. Maybe you decide to take down the Christmas tree and decorations. I like to take the basket of Christmas cards and read them all over again.
During the holiday rush when the cards start arriving, you glance through the mail and save the greeting cards, barely acknowledging who they are from. After the holiday excitement has subsided is a good time to go back and really read and enjoy your cards and letters. It’s the one time that you hear from some of your friends and relatives.
Perhaps you are lucky and are in a family that does traditional things that don’t include football. Maybe you take in a movie that takes you into the theater. So many people rent movies now that they don’t see the inside of a theater that many times anymore. For a family to enjoy a movie in a theater can be quite expensive. Remember when movies were 10 cents for kids and 50 cents for adults? Then, too, if you received ice skates, skis, or snowmobile gear, you go off to enjoy the gift. Maybe you might like to pretend you are in a southern climate or on a cruise ship and go swimming in an indoor pool. You didn’t need to take that holiday trip after all.
So, what have you planned Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions to be kept for the entire year or perhaps until the end of January? I finally gave up on even trying to keep any resolutions...I would forget I had them when I broke one, so...? It’s a waste of time.
Happy New Year, everyone.