New Years Eve is an ancient holiday with deep spiritual roots. People all over the world acknowledge the end of one year and the beginning of another. Treating this special time of year with reverence and respect helps me to focus and establish my intentions for the New Year ahead.
This year, we’ll be having a delicious feast on New Year’s Eve. This is a new tradition for us and you can read about that here. After dinner, we’ll share a few drinks, reflect on our year and set intentions for 2015. Then, we’ll watch the ball drop with thousands of others around the country.
At the onslaught of 2014 we started a gratitude jar. Each time throughout the year, when we experienced something we were grateful for, we jotted down a note about it and placed it in the jar. On New Year’s Eve, we’ll review those notes and remember all the abundance and blessings that came our way throughout the year. Of course, not everything is wonderful and good all of time. On a sheet of paper, we’ll list a few things we want to leave behind and forget about. It’s a good way to let go, forgive and move forward. On another sheet of paper, we’ll list a few things we want to experience or bring forth in the New Year. This is a private note to ourselves that we’ll seal in an envelope. We open the envelope on the Summer Solstice as a reminder and to see how we’ve been doing. After the ball drops, we’ll step outside, maybe light a few firecrackers and set fire to the notes that include what we want to leave behind.
When we make our way back inside, and if we aren’t too sleepy, we’ll smudge the house. Either way, we smudge on New Year’s Eve or New Years Day. Smudging is an ancient native tradition that purifies your house of stagnant energies. You can get smudge sticks at the local health food store for a few dollars. We smudge and pray throughout every inch of our house, including cabinets and closets.
On New Year’s Day, we’ll slow cook some Ribs. Ribs and Kraut are a must, according to my husband who’s native to Ohio, to have good luck in the coming year. Throughout the day, while the ribs are cooking, we’ll do our vision boards. Vision boards are collages and a really fun way to stay focused on your goals for the New Year. All you need is a stack of magazines that you can cut pictures and words from that represent your goals. My husband’s usually includes a few deserts like cream puffs and chocolate cake but that’s okay – it’s his board. You can do whatever you want. We create the collages on artist canvas board and then glue the images down. Once we finish them up we’ll hang them in the house in a place where we can see them all year long. By January 2nd, we are focused and excited about what’s to come.
These are just a few ways we celebrate and keep things fun while staying on purpose. Let me know what you do to bring in the new year and by all means, try any of the above out for yourself. If you decide to, let me know. I definitely want to hear all about it.
Wishing you and your family all of the goodness and grace that life can muster up – tenfold.
Happy New Year!
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Tammy Batcha is a life-long resident of the Shenandoah Valley. A long-time commuter, she seeks to reconnect to her community. With a background of more than twenty years in publishing, she is founder of The Goodness and Grace Company. A board certified, health and wellness coach, she continues to study integrative nutritional theory while guiding others on a path to wellness.