New Year’s Day Rituals*

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I spoke with a friend today who told me about her New Year’s eve tradition. At the stroke of midnight (after kissing her loved ones) she bites into something extraordinary. This year it was her favorite chocolate. She wants the first thing she tastes in the year to be totally sweet and delicious. It’s a great affirmation for the coming year.

Another friend of mine hikes somewhere beautiful every New Year’s day. After many years of joining her and her family, I realized they passed this great tradition on to me. Matt and Ben and I hiked this morning, wandered through the trees and pet lots of dogs. Since I am often asleep at midnight (last night was no exception), I treasure my New Year’s day ritual of hiking somewhere beautiful.

What is your ritual for the New Year? Is there something you like to do? something you like to cook? a way you treat yourself?

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31 Comments

  1. kristen

    Happy New Year!
    We created 2 new traditions this year. We had our first, annual kid-friendly party last night and it was a success. The parents had a good time without worrying about where their kids were, or the clock ticking the babysitting dollars and the kids were in sugar, Wii heaven.
    For New Years’ day, we went for dim sum in Chinatown. It was so fun, that we’ve decided we’ll do this every year.

  2. kristen

    Happy New Year!
    We created 2 new traditions this year. We had our first, annual kid-friendly party last night and it was a success. The parents had a good time without worrying about where their kids were, or the clock ticking the babysitting dollars and the kids were in sugar, Wii heaven.
    For New Years’ day, we went for dim sum in Chinatown. It was so fun, that we’ve decided we’ll do this every year.

  3. shelly

    Andrea, Happy New Year! We cook black eyed peas, collard greens and corn bread my family is from the south, but I grew up pretty much in San Diego.It’s feels good to hold on to some of my southern roots.I like your friends ideas.Bless you and your family in 2010.

  4. Stacy (Mama-Om)

    Hi Andrea,
    I wanted to thank you for the questions you posted a couple of weeks ago — questions for reviewing the last year and choosing a theme for this year. I have been writing in my journal madly! I thought your questions were really inspiring.
    I’m sharing them on my blog, with a link back to your site. (Sorry, I couldn’t figure out how to link directly to that post.)
    We moved our New Year’s Day ritual to solstice this year (visiting the beach and performing a closure ritual). Last night we walked a labyrinth at a nearby church — it was open to the public and kids were welcome. It was a really nice experience.
    Blessings,
    Stacy

  5. Puanani

    I usually clean like a crazy person, but this year, this year, I have learned a few lessons. After drinking a bit of the Moon Water I made last night, I spent the day eating with friends, napping and enjoying my family. Releasing what I normally HAVE to do, was a big step toward a more relaxed and full life…

  6. Anna

    note to self — need more rituals!

  7. Mel

    we also go for a long walk, yesterday we went through the forest – and I mean through, we didn’t walk on the path we walked through the undergrowth. Dharma is obsessed with the end of the rainbow and on our way to find it we came across where the fairies live. Dharma (3) was happy and so were we. What is better than to start the New Year with a bit of magic.

  8. Jill Davidson

    Most year, including this year, we host an open house – invite nearly everyone we know and like to bring some food over and hang out. This year, we had lots of arts and crafts for whomever wanted to make beautiful things (you can make magic with glitter glue and sequins!). I love it – it’s a great way to bring people from all different parts of your life together under one roof and to bring in the new year celebrating those friends. And for me, hosting a party makes me get my house in order (not a metaphor) in ways that have lasting value after the party. Right now, the legos are all sorted and the little matchbox cars are all in one place and our arts and crafts supplies are up to date and the house is clean. So happy we had our party this year and we will continue this tradition, which has been a bit intermittent, henceforth for sure.

  9. Jill Davidson

    Most year, including this year, we host an open house – invite nearly everyone we know and like to bring some food over and hang out. This year, we had lots of arts and crafts for whomever wanted to make beautiful things (you can make magic with glitter glue and sequins!). I love it – it’s a great way to bring people from all different parts of your life together under one roof and to bring in the new year celebrating those friends. And for me, hosting a party makes me get my house in order (not a metaphor) in ways that have lasting value after the party. Right now, the legos are all sorted and the little matchbox cars are all in one place and our arts and crafts supplies are up to date and the house is clean. So happy we had our party this year and we will continue this tradition, which has been a bit intermittent, henceforth for sure.

  10. Love Made Visible

    Hi Andrea,
    I happily stumble upon your blog when a friend told me about Mondo Beyondo. Right now I’m working on a 100 day manifest challenge – using a blog journal to track my progress as I use (among other things) the power of positive thinking to harness the law of attraction and make my dream of launching a small (vegan) baking business a reality. My friend thought I’d be interested in the mondo beyondo course… so I’m trying to ‘attract’ the $ in order to take it!
    Anyway – in answer to your question… I’m thinking about starting a new ritual of doing something that enriches and nourishes my soul and my creative self – Seems like a great way to align myself with the universe and welcome a new year! Happy 2010 for you!
    Cheers!

  11. heather

    I’m an Alabama girl, so I HAVE to make my family’s traditional New Year’s Day meal — ham, black-eyed peas, greens (this year I did spinach), and cornbread. Sometimes I’ll throw in a homemade banana pudding for fun!

  12. L

    Happy, Happy New Year Andrea! Wishing you and your beautiful family a very healthy, joy-filled and prosperous New Year!!
    We usually go to our favorite beach in HMB but this year we did that a day early so that on Jan. 1st we could have brunch w/ friends and have our boys play together. It was so nice. Good food and great company while our little boys (our one and their two) played choo-choo trains! It was a very sweet and loving way to bring in 2010!
    With gratitude to you for your sharing your blog and your honest writing! xo -L

  13. Jennifer

    I’m from Orlando, Florida and now live in the next tiny little town north of O-town called Winter Park, and for the past 4 or 5 years, my New Year’s Day tradition is to do either a brunch or walkabout in downtown Orlando with 4 or 5 friends. I missed that this year since New Year’s fell on a Friday and I spent the weekend at the beach with the family. Fortunately for me, I just found out that the traditional friend get together has been switched to tomorrow, lucky for me!! (New Years Day was crummy weather wise here in Central Florida….)

  14. Tamera

    A couple of us girls grab one shot of alcohol at the neighborhood bar, then play board games until about midnight (Twilight-themed this year), and have a silly dance party in the kitchen for the first 10 minutes or so of the New Year.
    I have a feeling that this won’t change much once we all have kids 🙂

  15. nicole

    If I can, I go to the beach for a hike. Or if not the beach, definitely a hike *somewhere* ’round these beautiful Northern California parts. I like to get up earlyish and eat something healthful and drink lots of good coffee and enjoy the quiet beginning of a new year. I used to throw a little dinner party in the early afternoon which was a tradition for a long time and which I should probably revive …
    This year I made a new year’s eve dinner for my parents and the next morning got up and ran 5 miles in the rain; it was glorious. I met an old friend for lunch and a catch-up, and came home to watch movies and go to bed earlyish. This might have to become my new tradition 🙂
    Happiest of new years to you – hope this one is the best yet.

  16. bahiehk

    Happy New Year Andrea!
    What a stunning pic.
    Cheers.

  17. Catherine

    happy New Year Andrea. I know all of your dreams for this year are coming true already!!
    Every New Year’s Morning we invite my husbands oldest and closest friends over for a waffle party. We actually rotate from house to house each year and we make waffles, eat other fine foods while the rose parade is on the tv. We live literally 4 miles from the rose bowl and parade and it’s MUCH nicer to skip the crowds and eat glorious foods in our warm home with friends.
    This year our friends couldn’t make it but we decided that waffles and frittata with a sparkling pear spritzer was absolutely necessary! It was really great to uphold the tradition.
    After that we drove down to San Diego to visit family and that was a nice way to start our year. Great food, and surrounded by family.
    Love
    *c

  18. Love Made Visible

    PS – I posted a link back to mondo beyondo and also to your blog on my own blog Love Made Visible http://www.2theuniversewithlove.blogspot.com as I found them so inspiring – this morning I woke up to a new ‘follower’ – someone who found my itty bitty baby blog by chance (?!?!) and was inspired to check out the sites as well! I love how this works!!!
    Best,
    Kelly

  19. Love Made Visible

    PS – I posted a link back to mondo beyondo and also to your blog on my own blog Love Made Visible http://www.2theuniversewithlove.blogspot.com as I found them so inspiring – this morning I woke up to a new ‘follower’ – someone who found my itty bitty baby blog by chance (?!?!) and was inspired to check out the sites as well! I love how this works!!!
    Best,
    Kelly

  20. Love Made Visible

    PS – I posted a link back to mondo beyondo and also to your blog on my own blog as I found them so inspiring – this morning I woke up to a new ‘follower’ – someone who found my itty bitty baby blog by chance (?!?!) and was inspired to check out the sites as well! I love how this works!!!
    Best,
    Kelly

  21. Love Made Visible

    Oops – I’m sorry.. don’t know why my post showed up so many times!!

  22. misti

    The past two New Year’s we’ve gone backpacking. I think in general we like to be outside, doing something in nature and taking it easy.

  23. Abigail

    I have a food tradition, too. I like to start the new year with a delicious breakfast treat, ideally shared with my sweetie and a friend or two. This year it was simple french pancakes (my mom’s recipe– yummy, buttery, crepe-like) with berry compote. My best year was when I woke up very early to fresh snow (unusual here in Portland) and impulsively made doughnuts.

  24. Tonya

    Oh i love that. We are big hikers so this would fit us well.

  25. Gemma

    I, too, follow the traditional southern foods ritual (black-eyed peas with country ham, spinach salad, and corn bread), but this year I added a new ritual on the Eve of writing down everything I needed to release from 2009 on slips of paper and burning them in a bonfire (tThanks, Pixie!). It was an excellent way to get clear. On the Day, I answered the Mondo Beyondo questions and came up with my intention (word) for this year. I think I will be following these two rituals in the future!!

  26. mamie

    Happy New Year, Andrea!
    we actually do our traditional hike on Christmas Day, but New Year’s is just a day of quiet and calm, not much of anything. This year my husband and I were away and alone and we took a great snow shoe hike, I am thinking we should add another one in. We do make a great meal together with appetizers…now that is fun.

  27. pippin

    We go camping and rock climbing in Joshua Tree. We climb all day NYE and NY day. I love bringing the new year by being outdoors doing a sport I love. I feel so connected with my true self.

  28. Angela

    STRENGTH- it came to me at 4 am, when I woke briefly anticipating having to rise early. It’s always been hard for me to get out of bed- i’ve struggled with depression. But I am strong and I will call upon my strength this year and LIVE with ZEST and fearlessness.

  29. Angela

    STRENGTH- it came to me at 4 am, when I woke briefly anticipating having to rise early. It’s always been hard for me to get out of bed- i’ve struggled with depression. But I am strong and I will call upon my strength this year and LIVE with ZEST and fearlessness.

  30. ViolaSaint

    Sorry this comment comes kind of late, but I have to share my New Year’s Morning ritual: Every year I grab as many friends as are willing to wake up a 5 am on New Year’s Morning, and we drive up to the top of Mt Lemmon here in Tucson to watch the sun rise on the new year. We tell each other our resolutions, then find a picnic area on the mountain somewhere to make a fire and cook eggs and bacon on a castiron skillet. Sometimes if there’s snow up there, we sled afterwards. It’s an amazing way to start the year, and then when you get back down off the mountain around noon, all smoky-smelling, you can sleep away the afternoon.

  31. Amydq

    Different spheres of people’s life consume lots of time, hence why have we to expend life time for term paper format accomplishing? It is better to use some essay writing service to buy the college essay from, I guess.

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