You can relax, this post isn't about writing resolutions. It's about why this is a tradition many of us would like to forget. *LOL*
Fuel for Jokes
Some people write resolutions. Some don't. Some like to set goals for the New Year. Others feel doomed to failure before they start.
Comedians joke that a list of resolutions is a list of things you'll never do. (Too true for most of us.)
A Very Short History
New Year's is the oldest celebrated holiday, dating back 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians who feasted and "otherwise" celebrated for 11 straight days. There's just not that much history to explain the New Year and resolution thing.
Most historical accounts relate New Year's celebrations to the Romans. Supposedly, in 153 BC, Romans placed an image of Janus, the god of beginnings and the guard of doorways or entrances, at the beginning of the calendar. Yes, that's why the first month of the Julian calendar is called January.
Coin depicting Janus. Public Domain Image https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34884498
Janus was a two-faced god, literally. He had a face that looked back on the past and a face that looked forward to the future—all at the same time.
I guess it was appropriate for him to become the symbol for the new year. Perhaps they made resolutions for new beginnings in the New Year, and that's what started it all.
Romans celebrated Janus, looked for forgiveness from enemies of the past and looked forward to the future by exchanging gifts before the beginning of the new year.
(Above at right: coin depicting Janus. Public Domain Image https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34884498)
When Was New Year's Day?
Two thousand years ago, the New Year didn't begin on January 1. Even in our modern world, not every country marks January 1 as the first day of the new year.
In 46 B.C., January 1 became the beginning of the New Year because Julius Caesar developed a calendar (the Julian calendar) that more accurately reflected the seasons than previous calendars had.
Fast forward to today. We still celebrate the coming of a new year, probably pretty much like the Babylonians and Romans—you know, drinking, eating, dancing, music, and some kanoodling with your sweetie.
If you've already fallen off the diet wagon, don't feel bad. In a study on resolutions, more than 50% of the participants were confident they could achieve their goals, but only 12% actually achieved success. Forget that and drown your sorrows in a New Year Romance like Last Chance New Year?
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I'll leave you with these thoughts. New Year's resolutions mean changing habits. That's hard work.
Master change the sane way. Pick one thing to change. Work consistently on that until you've mastered it. Then pick another thing to change.That's the secret to successful new beginnings.
Oh, and remember, breathe, relax, and read!
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