“Auld Lang Syne.”
Unlike the Christmas holiday, which comes with so much anticipation over a five or six week period, the beginning of a brand new year is almost like an afterthought.
Christmas comes with a focus on the past, present and presents. Family and friends gather to enjoy roast beast, roast foul and each other. Children gather to open gifts and play with toys and regard eating as getting in the way of the main reason for the holiday.
With New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the focus is on marking the passage of time with galas, dances, parties and kissing the person nearest you when the clock strikes midnight, and watching football most of the whole next day.
There is some reflection on the previous twelve months, and some thought given to what the next twelve might look like, but it isn’t the deep kind of introspection one might be given to on the silent winter’s night of a Christmas Eve. Nevertheless, it is a grand time to celebrate with friends and toast the hope and the promise that comes with the beginning of a new year.
So, my friends, as you prepare to “take a cup of kindness yet for auld lang syne…” this New Year’s Eve, and kiss the one nearest you, I leave you with this Irish blessing.
“May the most you wish for be the least you get.”
Happy New Year.