Sunday, 2 January 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Wk 1 - New Year

Week #1 – New Year’s Memories
Week 1: Did your family have any New Year’s traditions? How was the New Year celebrated during your childhood? Have you kept these traditions in the present day?!
This challenge runs from Saturday, January 1, 2011 through Friday, January 7, 2011.

As a child we really didn't celebrate the New Year. I was usually allowed to stay up to see the New Year in , but we didn't really do anything special that I remember.

We have now created our own traditions but again we don't really celebrate much. We still though, stay up and see the New Year in and Stuart, growing up in Scotland always does the First foot. He usually goes outside with a bit of coal, meaning we'll always be warm, some cash, meaning we will always have money and some food, we'll always be fed. I guess that is more of a Scottish tradition, certainly coming from the Southern Counties we didn't do the First foot.

For New Years Day we always have a roast dinner and eat at lunchtime, as usually we eat in the evenings. We usually make some plans for the coming year - holidays, or things we want to do etc. This New Year has started with the focus on my very recently deceased Aunt and her funeral and somehow 2010 has ended rather how it was in the middle of the year for us. We are hoping for a happier 2011.

What I have always disliked is that we start a new year with the Christmas tree still up and the decorations. If we had felt less ill this year we would probably have taken the tree and cards down before the New Year, but we always do before 12th Night (6th January).

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