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Many of us are part of the cultural imprinting that includes sentiments such as "out with the old, in with the new." Symbolism includes a grim reaper with the past year's numerals and a baby with a top hat that displays the next year's numerals. It also includes "party favors," such as horns, goofy hats, confetti, noisemakers. Recently, fireworks displays have been added. According to most who practice this tradition, one is supposed to get together in mass displays of raucous "celebrating," that culminates with a kiss that lasts from one year to the next.
I remember the San Francisco tradition of throwing last year's desk calendars out of office buildings, until few windows in the new buildings would open.
I was quite surprised when I moved to Wisconsin where they don't celebrate New Years to any major degree. Television broadcasts the apple drop in NYC's Times Square when it happens, live . . .at 11 pm Central Time. Everyone goes to bed after that. I think the dairy farmers' "early to bed and early to rise" deeply affected New Year's celebrations.
By the time I was in my mid-20s, I was already finding New Year's Eve rather trite and boring. The excessive drinking didn't endear many others to me all that much. The shallowness of drinking = celebrating, shouting and screaming, and poorly thought out "resolutions," allowed me to start losing my imprinting on this holiday by my 30s. I think New Year's Eve was my first holiday that became moribund due to "Is that all there is?"
George and I started a ritual during the last week of December, with a goal of re-evaluating our previous year's budget and whether we'd met our goals, and then planning a new one for the upcoming year. These budgets not only included our average or known monthly costs and expenses, but any larger purchases that might be bought, such as a washing machine, or a vacation.
Because by then we were dealing with severe issues of alcohol = violence issues with him, celebrating New Years became a mostly quiet evening at home.
I did my recent blog entry on Validating Michael, "A Recap of 2012 for Me," somewhat in remembrance to those recap memories. Also, part of the experience of the 5th IM is to look back, re-evaluate, and recreate one's self. It's a largely thinking process, rather than a doing process. It has also given back some meaning to an ending and a new beginning cycle.
If one looks into the various calendars in use by other cultures around the world, one discovers a range of New Year traditions and methods of measuring annual cycles. I found the website, "Calendars through the Ages," to have some great information on how others "celebrate" an annual cycle. Wikipedia has a great basic article on when and how others celebrate the slide from one year to the next, New Year's Day.
It's worth reconsidering what our own imprinting is about New Years and whether it's all that meaningful to us.