What’s the deal with New Year’s resolutions?

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New Year’s Resolutions? Do you make them? Do you break them?

Humans have been making resolutions to start the new year since the Babylonians made promises to their gods that they would pay their debts and return borrowed objects. The Romans would make promises to the god Janus, and Medieval knights would reaffirm their commitment to chivalry.

Most people these days resolve to eat less and exercise more. Or maybe it’s to spend less and read more.

Regardless of the resolution, tradition dates back for centuries. But unlike certain earlier beliefs there’s nothing magical about the calendar turning from December 1 to January 1. It’s just a good time for new beginnings.

Whether you call them resolutions, or goals, or just put them on your to-do list, January is a good place to start.

What are your resolutions for the year?

Five Golden Rings

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Today is the Fifth Day of Christmas.

No, you don’t have to put your tree back up, but just be aware that the season isn’t over.

Most traditional Christmas celebrations go through January 6, known as the Epiphany or Feast of Lights. Adherance to different calendars between Catholic Rome and Protestant Great Britain meant that for a while Christmas day ws celebrated on January 6 and was thus known as “Old Christmas.” It is traditionally believed to be the day that the Magi visited the Christ child.

In reality, the visit was probably some two years after the birth of the child. But traditions being what they are, the three kings wound up at the stable.

In most Western Churches Christmas Day is actually considered the First Day of Christmas and in many churches these twelve days are also known as Christmastide. The twelve days have actually been celebrated since before the Middle Ages.

Most Americans are familiar with the song the Twelve Days of Christmas, but many confuse the days as being the days leading up to December 25. In the 1990s a story began circulating the Internet that said the song was written as a way to teach the Catechism to Catholic Children in the days when they were being persecuted by the Protestants, but there is no evidence to substantiate this claim. Still, it’s a nice story.

Today is the fifth day of Christmas, the day of Five Golden Rings.

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Snopes.com: No, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was not created as a coded reference to important articles of the Christian faith.

According to PNC Wealth Management the cost of purchasing the twelve days’ worth of gifts in 2015 would be $34,131.

Five New Year’s Eve Blogs We Love

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Fast away the old year passes. And, you’re running out of time to make New Year’s Eve plans. Here are five blog posts we love that talk about New Year’s Eve.

Confused about what to wear? Lauren Conrad gives her Guide to New Year’s Eve Party Dressing.

U.S. News and World Report offers 6 Ideas for a Fun and Frugal new Year’s Eve.
You don’t have to spend a lot to ring in 2016.

While it’s a post from 2014, Somerton Dwelling Still has some ideas for a Memorable New Year’s Eve Party.

New Year’s Eve Blog
It might be a little late for 2015, but this blog talks about celebrations and opportunities to bring in the New Year all around the world.

And, if you’re in the Central Virginia area, we can’t help but remind you about this unique New Year’s Eve event like none other. Fairies and Gentlemen is a game within a party within a play. Tickets are still available.

Have a safe and prosperous New Year!