For my family, new year’s eve has always been an important celebration. When my father was alive, we’d always First Foot the house. I admit, I’ve let that tradition go in recent years. However, there’s one tradition we still observe, the lead up to new year’s eve is a time for us to review the year and prepare for the next one. Most importantly, it’s about shedding the clutter – physical and emotional – of the year so you can begin the new one with a fresh slate.
The biggest thing for me is always giving my home a thorough clean and getting rid of the junk that accumulated during the year. And, every year, I vow to never let it accumulate to the same levels again… but, that’s another story!
Another valuable part of this tradition is letting go of the painful things that happened during the year. This year, I have a few things on that list, some examples are: some business mistakes I’m still kicking myself over, the loss of a dear friend and the loss of a treasured feline companion. It’s important to acknowledge these things and then let them go. My favourite method is to write a list and set it alight.
It’s just as important to acknowledge the good things that happened. Taking the time to be mindful of the wonderful people, experiences and things that have come our way during the year can help shift our mindset toward the positive and optimistic.
Try it. Start with your ‘let go’ list then focus on your ‘grateful’ list. See if you start the year with a happy and positive mindset, too.
How do you see in the new year?
Do you have any family traditions?
Feel free to share your traditions in the comments.