It’s 2008!

by Ryan on January 1, 2008

in Anything Else,Culture

Happy New Year to all! 

Hope the hangover is not too bad, you didn’t wake up in a very strange bed, and that 2008 is better than last year!

AP photo.

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rightonoz January 1, 2008 at 6:15 pm

And a Happy New Year to you all.

Christmas was exceptional with our children (well adults now) and my sister & husband flying in from all parts of the world. Starting with a 6am pickup from the airport the day was a noisy, exciting celebration of family which will continue for the next two weeks until the youngest of our 6 children returns to London. I’m even taking extended time off work for the first time in years.

Just a picky correction to an earlier post. Christmas (or more correctly the timing of the celebration) was pagan before being taken over by the church, as were most major celebrations. So Happy Holidays could be more correct and cover ever ‘faith’. Each to their own as long as they allow each to their own.

Being a family of mildly Christian to totally anti religion and able to respect each other’s positions we choose to celebrate the time as a re-affirmation of our family and what binds us together.

Again, Happy New Year and may you and your families enjoy health and prosper.

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Ryan January 2, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Happy New Year Oz!

I hear what you’re saying to a degree about Christmas. Many of our Christmas traditions came from central Europe in the 13th century. Even in early American history Christmas was discouraged as a major holiday because it was closely associated with the Church of England, which we hated at the time. Christmas was not a national holiday in America until the 1870s.

But, it’s still a lot of fun and for thousands of years has represented the day Jesus was born. So, we piggy-backed on a Roman solstice celebration! Apparently those Romans knew how to party!

Family, friends, egg-nog and good times, though, make this time of year one to celebrate our faith, our lives and our hope as one year trickles into the next.

Hope 2008 is a great year for you and your family!

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