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Posted on 2017-12-26 13:49:56 | Show thread starter's posts only

Share what your resolutions are for new year so we can all laugh as we also break them in a week at most !

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Posted on 2017-12-26 13:52:52 | Show thread starter's posts only

I resolve to get weight down about 20 lbs to 190 . Been trying for a year but hit a wall at 210 ...
 I also need keep blood pressure down so cant rage as I usually do at all sorts of things , I must be ZEN Ledhed ... I think this one will be hard .

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Posted on 2017-12-28 11:28:49 | Show thread starter's posts only

Do other countries do New Years Resolutions?

found this (links edited out)
Times Square (USA)

Before the ball, there were fireworks. The first New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square in New York City was held in 1904, culminating in a fireworks show. When the city banned fireworks two years later, event organizers arranged to have a 700-pound iron and wood ball lowered down a pole, according to the Times Square. In the years since, it's become a tradition for Americans to watch the ball start dropping at 11:59 p.m. and to count down the final seconds before the new year begins.

Auld Lang Syne (USA and??)

The song literally means "old long ago." The work by 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns has endured the ages and spread beyond Scotland and throughout the English-speaking world. The song is about "the love and kindness of days gone by, but ... it also gives us a sense of belonging and fellowship to take into the future," according to xxx a website of the Scottish government.

Kissing at midnight  (everywhere?)

Perhaps you'll have a New Year's Eve kiss that was the defining moment in a sweeping love story — like the one Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan shared in the 1989 movie When Harry Met Sally. Or maybe you'll pucker up with the person who happens to be standing next to you because, well, that's just what people do. But why? Not doing so will ensure a year of loneliness, according to tradition. The custom may date to ancient European times as a way to ward off evil spirits, the xxx reports.

Black-eyed peas  (Southern USA)

It's a tradition to eat Hoppin' John, a stew made of black-eyed peas, in the American South. "Many Southerners believed that the black-eyed peas symbolized coins and eating them insured economic prosperity for the coming year," wrote Frederick Douglass Opie, a food historian, in his blog Food as a Lens.

Colorful undies (Latin America)

In some Latin American countries, including Mexico and Brazil, it's believed the color of your undergarments will influence what kind of year you'll have. Tradition holds that yellow underwear will bring prosperity and success, red will bring love and romance, white will lead to peace and harmony and green will ensure health and well-being, according to Michael Kleinmann, editor of the underwear expert website.

12 grapes (Spain)
In Spain and some other Spanish-speaking countries, one New Year's custom is to eat 12 grapes for 12 months of good luck. But here's the catch: to bring about a year's worth of good fortune, you must start eating the grapes when the clock strikes midnight, then eat one for each toll of the clock. The best strategy? "Just take a solid bite and then swallow, pips and all," writes cookbook author Jeff Koehler on NPR's blog.

Molten lead (Germany, Austria)

Instead of reading tea leaves to tell the future, some in Germany and Austria read the molten lead. Here's how: Heat up some lead in a spoon. When it's melted, pour the molten lead into cold water. The shape of the lead will tell you what's ahead of you in the coming year (although the shapes are open to interpretation). If you don't want to actually melt metal, there's an app to do it for you.

Fireworks (china, and now most places)

It's not surprising that China, the country that invented fireworks, also makes setting them off a central part of New Year's celebrations. It's believed the noise scares off evil spirits and misfortune. The Chinese observe the lunar new year.

Polka dots (Philippines)
Many in the Philippines wear polka dots because the circle represents prosperity. Coins are kept in pockets and "are jangled to attract wealth," according to Tagalog lang, a website about Filipino language and culture.


Make Some Noise

Making a lot of noise—from fireworks to gun shots to church bells—seems to be a favorite pastime around the world.

    In ancient Thailand, guns were fired to frighten off demons.
    In China, firecrackers routed the forces of darkness.
    In the early American colonies, the sound of pistol shots rang through the air.
    Today, Italians let their church bells peal, the Swiss beat drums, and the North Americans sound sirens and party horns to bid the old year farewell.

Eat Lucky Food

Many New Year traditions surround food. Here are a few:

    The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight comes from Spain. Revelers stuff their mouths with 12 grapes in the final moments of the year—one grape for every chime of the clock!
    In the southern US, black-eyed peas and pork foretell good fortune. See our recipe for Good Luck Hoppin’ John!
    In Scotland—where Hogmanay is celebrated—people parade down the streets swinging balls of fire.
    Eating any ring-shaped treat (such as a doughnut) symbolizes “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune. In Dutch homes, fritters called olie bollen are served.
    The Irish enjoy pastries called bannocks.
    In India and Pakistan, rice promises prosperity.
    Apples dipped in honey are a Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) tradition.
    In Swiss homes, dollops of whipped cream, symbolizing the richness of the year to come, are dropped on the floors—and allowed to remain there!

Have a Drink

Although the pop of a champagne cork signals the arrival of the New Year around the world, some countries have their own beverage-based traditions.

    Wassail, a punch-like drink named after the Gaelic term for “good health,” is served in some parts of England.
    Spiced “hot pint” is the Scottish version of Wassail. Traditionally, the Scots drank to each others’ prosperity and also offered this warm drink to neighbors along with a small gift.
    In Holland, toasts are made with hot, spiced wine.

Give a Gift

New Year’s Day was once the time to swap presents.

    Gifts of gilded nuts or coins marked the start of the new year in Rome.
    Eggs, the symbol of fertility, were exchanged by the Persians.
    Early Egyptians traded earthenware flasks.
    In Scotland, coal, shortbread and silverware were traditionally exchanged for good luck.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

In Scotland, the custom of first-footing is an important part of the celebration of Hogmanay, or New Year’s Eve Day.

After midnight, family and friends visit each other’s home. The “first foot” to cross a threshold after midnight will predict the next year’s fortune. Although the tradition varies, those deemed especially fortunate as “first footers” are new brides, new mothers, those who are tall and dark (and handsome?) or anyone born on January 1.

Turn Over a New Leaf

The dawn of a new year is an opportune time to take stock of your life.

    Jews who observe Rosh Hashanah make time for personal introspection and prayer, as well as visiting graves.
    Christian churches hold “watch-night” services, a custom that began in 1770 at Old St. Georges Methodist Church in Philadelphia.
    The practice of making New Year’s resolutions, said to have begun with the Babylonians as early as 2600 B.C., is another way to reflect on the past and plan ahead.

New Year’s Folklore

Some customs and beliefs are simply passed down through the ages. Here are some of our favorite age-old sayings and proverbs.

    On New Year’s Eve, kiss the person you hope to keep kissing.
    If New Year’s Eve night wind blow south, It betokeneth warmth and growth.
    For abundance in the new year, fill your pockets and cupboards today.
    If the old year goes out like a lion, the new year will come in like a lamb.
    Begin the new year square with every man. [i.e., pay your debts!] –Robert B. Thomas, founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Posted on 2017-12-29 10:44:14 | Show thread starter's posts only

I usually never remember what I did and have to hear people tell me all next year .

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Posted on 2017-12-29 13:42:32 | Show thread starter's posts only

That's why I just dont make New Year resolutions... I never stick to them.

I plan to die of a heart attack while eating a bacon sandwich.  (but not this year)

- Ele