The History of New Year’s Eve Resolutions

New Years Eve - Times SquareWhat are your top five resolutions for the New Year? Everyone has something that they can work on, and the new calendar year enables you to start over with a clean slate. Maybe you want to get fit, quit smoking, be more adventurous, eliminate your debt or enjoy life more.  Setting resolutions can be empowering, because this annual ritual gives you a chance to assess your life and make adjustments where you see fit.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a resolution, one that is perfect for everyone’s list is resolving to spend more time with friends and family. Between life and work — and sometimes lack of sleep — remembering to keep an open communication with loved ones can easily fall by the wayside. Fortunately, Baby New Year is giving you the gift of time to work on these things.

The History of Making New Year’s Eve Resolutions

In modern day America, a top hat wearing baby in a diaper personifies the New Year. The myth behind this figure is that old Father Time relinquishes his duties to Baby New Year, and in the next year, the baby ages and becomes Father Time and continues the cycle of passing his duties onto the next Baby New Year. This cycle of life and death has been at the root of New Year’s for more than 4,000 years.

During ancient Babylon around 2,000 B.C., the New Year was celebrated on March 23 for eleven days, and this date signified the beginning of spring and the planting of crops. The Romans observed the New Year on March 25, but in 153 B.C., the Roman senate changed the holiday to January 1 and dubbed Janus, a mythical king, as the head of the Roman calendar. Janus was represented with two faces — one face could look back on the past, while the other face foresaw the future. Julius Caesar was also in favor of having January 1 as the New Year, because the calendar better represented the seasons in comparison to past calendars. For the New Year celebration, Romans exchanged gifts such as branches for good fortune and nuts and coins commemorating god Janus.

Later in the Middle Ages, Christians moved New Year’s Day to December 25 in honor of Jesus’ birth. However, Christians changed this holiday again to March 25 and named it the Annunciation. Finally, in the 16th century, Pope Gregory XIII returned the holiday to January 1 where it has stayed put.

Today, New Year’s Eve is celebrated globally. From your local news channel, you can watch the clock strike midnight and admire firework displays all over the world. Ringing in the New Year is an exciting time, and you can say goodbye to the past and hello to your opportunistic future.

Resolve to Improve Your Outdoor Space

In 2011, why not resolve to make your home more convenient for entertaining? Finding free time to share with friends and family can be difficult, but by improving your outdoor space, you can invite loved ones into your world.

Adding luxurious outdoor patio furniture gives your backyard a peaceful and conversation-friendly atmosphere. You have to make time to eat, right? So add a classic dining table and patio chairs alongside your outdoor kitchen. Then you can invite people over for a quick lunch or dinner and enjoy an upscale dining experience without leaving the comforts of home.

Another option is to share a hobby. Gardening is a fun way to pass the time with friends and family too. When you need to take a break from your hectic lifestyle, invite your friends over to hang out and chit chat while you work in your backyard greenhouse. Spend more quality time with your guests and treat them to drinks and appetizers on your patio bar furniture.

Designing a functional patio space enables you to balance work and play, so if you’re trying to spend more time with loved ones, make your home suitable to your needs. On New Year’s Eve, put your resolutions down on paper and work toward improving yourself and your home. End 2010 with a bang and start 2011 with your hopes and dreams — toast to a New Year of success and happiness!


Marina Hanes is a writer and owner of Cat’s Eye Editing, LLC. She received a B.A. in Professional Writing & Editing from Youngstown State University, and her professional area of focus is Environmental Studies.

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