Hard to believe another year has ended and a new one is beginning. There are certain traditions that Kathy and I follow every year so I thought I would share some of them in this post starting with New Year’s Eve.
It is years since we have gone out to dinner on New Year’s Eve. This is because one year we had reservations for dinner. It snowed. We went anyhow getting to the restaurant maybe 5 minutes before our reserved time. They wee not ready for us. We waited a good 45 minutes before we were seated. Our table was in the middle of the room where everyone was walking around us. The noise level from the conversations and music were so loud that we couldn’t carry on a conversation. Because of the weather the ride home after dinner took close to a half hour even though the restaurant was only a 7 minute ride from our house. Never again.
Now we just go to the store, pick up a couple of lobster tails, some shrimp, and some seafood salad and prepare our own meal at home – a salad with some seafood salad in the middle and shrimp around the edges, baked lobster tails (the only way to prepare them in my opinion), a baked potato, and a glass of wine. Good food, good conversation, and no worries about the weather no matter what it is.
New Year’s Day is a day of putting things away. When I was still working this was the day I would put Christmas presents away because I had to go back to work the next day. We always keep our presents under the tree until January 1st. We never used any of our gifts before the new year. Now that I am retired we still keep to this routine.
New Year’s Day is also the day to take the old calendar off of the wall and put up the new one after filling in important dates (birthdays, anniversaries, doctor’s appointments, etc.) first.
Dinner is always the traditional pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes and apple sauce on the side.
Some day these traditions might change, but for now they have served us well in the past and we continue doing them.
Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!