Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Celebrating New Year's

Now that Christmas is over I'd like to talk to you about my most favorite holiday of them all: New Year's!

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day is that special time when we shed the skin of the old year and start afresh with the new. It's essentially everyone's birthday as we all celebrate having lived yet another year and we rejoice in the opportunity to see what the next year will bring. At New Year's we reflect on the year we just lived, the good and the bad and we make plans for the next. Lots of people make New Year's Resolutions and while some might scoff at the idea I think we should embrace resolutions as it shows our desire to better ourselves and to set goals for the future.

At New Year's we close a chapter and open a new one with a grand party. The celebration has no religious connotations and it's a great equalizer with everyone participating. Except kids. They are left out because they have to be to bed well before midnight. The occasional kid stays up until the New Year but what I enjoy about the holiday is that it's a holiday for adults. We dress up, celebrate with champagne, streamers and fun holiday tchotchkes. We seal the New Year with a big kiss. It's my favorite holiday of them all.

What has influenced my growing love for New Year's as a holiday has been certain classic movies especially Bachelor Mother (1939) and Ocean's 11 (1960). I long for the day when New Year's was even more glamorous than it is today and I strive to celebrate it each year with grand style. I'll forego anything Christmas just to be able to put more into New Year's. It's that important to me.

For the next few days leading up to New Year's I'll be talking about some classic movies that feature the holiday as a significant part of the plot. In the meantime, I leave you with Kate Gabrielle's wonderful compilation video of New Year's scenes from classic movies. Enjoy!

Auld Lang Syne
Should old acquaintance be forgot, 
and never brought to mind? 
Should old acquaintance be forgot, 
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear, 
for auld lang syne, 
we'll take a cup of kindness yet, 
for auld lang syne.

1 comment:

  1. BACHELOR MOTHER is a new to me favorite. I saw it for the first time at a screening earlier this year and LOVED it. I asked for and got it as a gift this Christmas and can't wait to watch it again just in time for New Years :)


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