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New year traditions

Post by Hoeka » Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:30 pm

No no, no not NY resolutions (I wouldn't inflict those on you). What do you do to ring in the new year?

I love reading and the concept of having "too many books" is utterly alien to me. I try to make my first purchase of the new year a new book: it makes me feel that the coming year will be full of new books, new adventures. In the past, when I missed that 1 Jan purchase, I felt a hollow gnawing in my soul that could only be satisfied by the smell of paper and ink. I've only ever not bought a book on that date when I was away from a bookshop - usually the bush.

Another tradition I have is to throw out all my spices and buy new ones. I love spicy food, but they do lose their taste after a while. So, even I had bought spices towards the end of the year, they all get chucked, and I buy "fresh" ones asap. The symbolism is trite, I know, but it works for me.

What do you do to invite the new year?
Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners - Shakespeare

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Post by ~hf » Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:41 am

Here's an idea that just came to me today via e-mail. December reckoning - basically finishing the work and projects of the year in order to ring in the new year with a blank slate.

I sure wish I had heard about this sooner, there is no way I could finish my open projects and tie up my loose ends in time. :roll: Maybe next year though.

Hoeka, I think I'm going to join you and toss my herbs and spices. I know there are several that I have that I wouldn't bother to replace and I'm getting tired of trying to come up with ways to use them so that they don't go to some of them are seriously past date. :oops:


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Post by Spudd » Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:46 pm

A few years ago I started weeding out my closet every new year. I turn all the hangers around so they're facing the "wrong" way (hooks outward instead of inward). As I go through the year and wear clothes, when I re-hang them after washing I hang them the right way. At the end of the year, anything hanging the wrong way still hasn't been worn in a year and can be disposed of. Special dispensation is given to formal wear (as long as it still fits and is reasonably in fashion) - since I don't necessarily have multiple formal occasions per year.

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Post by sidney202 » Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:36 pm

I don't have any New Years' traditions, but after listening to all of yours, I am going to do the spice thing. I am generally really bad about throwing them out b/c they are so expensive. I may attempt to do the closet weeding. However, I hope ALL of my clothes are ready to be disposed this time next year because they are too small. :)

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Post by Over43 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:05 pm

Jimmy Buffett- "So I'll make a resolution, that I'll never make another one..." Not very profound, but it serves me well.
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