That New Years Thing We Do
Once upon a time, the early Roman calendar consisted of 10 months, with each new year beginning at the vernal equinox. Over the centuries, the calendar fell out of sync with the sun. Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar in 46AD, which closely resembles the more modern calendar that we use today.
As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties.
The first half of New Year’s Day in Rome would have been taken up by public ceremonies and paperwork, while the second half of the day was for socializing. People would bring each other gifts of honey, fruits and other sweet things as gifts for a “sweet new year.”
New Year’s resolutions have become a common tradition, and most Americans who make them now focus on self-improvement. The U.S. government even maintains a website of those looking for tips on achieving some of the most popular resolutions: losing weight, volunteering more, stopping smoking, eating better, getting out of debt and saving money.
What about parents? Is that what moms are really making resolutions about? I know my personal resolution for 2015 is to stop forgetting wet laundry in the washing machine.
(Ok, I don’t actually have a resolution.. but these moms do!)
Be more spontaneous! With so many responsibilities it’s easy to lose the spontaneity in life and become buckled down in routine and schedules. In 2015, I’ll be making an effort to be more spontaneous and enjoy those unplanned, unpredictable moments. I even have it written on my calendar! - Brandi from Mama Teaches
My husband and I set a theme for each year. In 2014 it was mindfulness. In 2013 it was gratitude. In 2012 it was patience. This year our theme is “intention”. We will focus on how we can we do, create, love, work, and live with intention to be our best selves. -Lizzy from Inspired Family
I invite all real Moms to join me in my “Made in USA Challenge” as your New Year’s Resolution. If you can commit to trying to buy American made as much as you can for one year, you might find it becomes a way of life. -Sarah from Made in USA Challenge
Finding another way besides yelling to get my kids to behave! -Lindsay from The Naughty Mommy
To eat as healthy as I require my kids to eat. There are too many nights I make a good, clean real food dinner for them and then order take out for me. -Gina from Mom-Blog
I am going to make the same resolution I have made many times through my years as a parent. This time, I am committed to stick to it in a way I have never been before. I am going to say no when I have taken on to much. I am going to be okay with not having the best, prettiest, most perfectly packaged cookies at the holiday party. I am going to be alright if I don’t get pics of my kids in perfectly matching holiday pajamas on Christmas morning.Tradition and customs are wonderful, but so is my sanity. In 2015 if people get a birthday text or quick phone call instead of a personalized card in the mail, so be it. 2015 is the year of the self-described “slacker-mom”! -Michelle from One Unified
To think before I speak and see things from the other perspective. -Jo W.
To pay off debt. Have more patience. Do more as a family. -Tara S.
My New Year’s Resolution will be this: “I hearby will go more out of my comfort zone. I will meet more people. I will purposely introduce myself. I will ask people for their name. I will begin to carry around a notebook to document all those names. I will hopefully in some way find people who want to know more about me. I mean other than my name. I am hoping to find a friend in those names This is my resolution.” -RoseWall