We're coming up to New Year's Eve...the traditional time to look back and take stock and then to look forward, with élan!
The Celtic tradition in Scotland is an interesting one to follow: fire in the hearth, food on the table, the old (Christmas decorations) out of the house and everything cleaned & ship shape to welcome the New Year.
Called Hogmanay, it's about light and feasting and family and friends...a mix of rue for those now gone and an effervescent welcome to the new, for those still present. (Think Auld Lang Syne...by Scotland's poet and voice, Robert Burns).
Singing, country dancing (remembering the steps of a reel is better for inspiring the mind than any number of crossword or sudoko puzzles!), and stories...and oh yes, the dark haired man, with a gift for the house, is the designated "first foot"....
Traditions are both history and fun...perhaps the English and the Germans created elements of the Christmas traditions we celebrate today, but the Scots understood the welcome of the New Year.
And your resolutions are?