Happy New Year – remember old acquaintance…Posted: January 3, 2013
Happy New Year! In our home, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are an opportunity to recharge and renew after the hectic Christmas holiday. In fact, this was our first New Year’s Eve asleep by midnight and we couldn’t have been happier. My husband made a delicious salad and steak dinner that we enjoyed at home with our son. We busted out decorations that we forgot to use for his December birthday and had a ball in front of our fireplace.
There was no talk about New Year’s Resolutions as we started 2013. Although our priest said how it is important to keep them simple and try to stick to only three such as to pray or reflect, serve and comfort. He talked about the importance of forgiveness. We gave thanks for our many blessings before my husband made a tasty brunch.
We enjoyed our special annual New Year’s Day dinner feast with my Godparents, their kids and grandkids who are part of our extended family. My Mom and God Mother, Betty, alternate each year who brings the surf and turf. Their daughter, Marisa, made a yummy baked brie with raspberries. Another daughter, Liz, brought scrumptious cheese cake. We missed some family members who could not be with us – Meg, Vanessa, Roger, and Everett.
Everyone was with us in spirit as we belted out more holiday songs with “Auld Lang Syne” as our grand finale. Althoguh we usually stumble through the words, “Auld Lang Syne” translates from the Scotish to mean “times gone by.” It is very fitting that our families of lifelong friends share this holiday and traditional song, which means treasure your old friends with the new. My favorite song this year was my Feliz Navidad, which Marisa’s sons Carlos (6) and Elian (almost 4) led. I jumped in when Marisa suggested we alternate with the English, “We Wish You May a Merry Christmas from the bottom of our heart.” I hope your new year is off to a fabulous start!