how do you like to celebrate it?
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Since this is an opinion question, the importance of the New Year to me is that it is a time for reflection. One can reflect where they were last year, and where they hope to go in the New Year. This can be in terms of their career, personal life, etc. It is a time for anticipation of what the next year will bring. It is always good to celebrate the New Year with friends or family. I prefer to get dressed up and spend it with friends, dining and dancing the night away. Whatever it is you do, I hope the New Year brings to you peace, joy and all good things.
To me, there is no real significance to the new year -- it is just an arbitrary date that has been assigned as the start of some new period.
That said, I do like to spend New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with my family. Mainly, though, this is because I think that traditions are important in a family. My kids are creating New Year's traditions for us (certain types of food, for example) that will hopefully bind us together more effectively as a family.
So I don't think the New Year has any significance in itself. However, it is an opportunity to draw my family closer together.
To me the New Year represents a time of gratitude. I often think about the difficult and good times of the previous year and am thankful that I made it through the difficult ones and that I was able to enjoy the other times. The New Year reminds me of all the people in my life for whom I am thankful and how I want to work more diligently to help and encourage them.
For many people, the New Year is a time of celebration: to put behind them the failures, mistakes, or unrealized dreams of the past, and look forward in a positive way that the new year is like a brand new piece of paper, waiting to be written upon.
For others, the New Year is a time of reflection. It is a time of resolutions.
For me, I don't celebrate the New Year; I watch the ball drop and "say goodbye" to the old year. I anticipate physically writing the numbers of a new year on correspondence and checks. I do not reflect at New Year's. I reflect all the time: it is what keeps me awake at night.
I don't like to gather with others at a big party and have strangers kiss me. I used to call my parents to wish them good things, but they are asleep by midnight now. None of my family plans a special dinner or party. It is more the morning after, going out for breakfast and welcoming a new beginning with a day off and (hopefully) a sunny sky to symbolize good things ahead.
We are not very exciting with this holiday; maybe, too, it is because we are exhausted from Christmas that we look at this as a day of rest and relaxation. (Sorry, we are not Mummers fans, either.) Our pleasure comes just from spending some quality time together. And we don't converse about it...we just find ourselves there, every year, doing the same thing. There is comfort in all kinds of traditions. Ours is gathering together in the morning for food, and doing whatever we feel like later in the day, with schedules or alarm clocks.
And somehow, we feel that life is good. It works for us.
I especially like to celebrate with my husband and some friends, dining, dancing and drinking champagne. I like getting dressed up and feeling that it is a special occasion. I like to imagine that the year to come will bring good things to myself and my family and friends. I hope for good health for everyone and basically like to get caught up in the feeling of a new beginning.
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