Happy New Year!!  

  Happy 2019!! We all made it through the holidays and are ready to take on the new year!     

What is it about a new year that makes us want to change, be better, and turn the proverbial corner because we turned the calendar? Was New Years Day always celebrated on January 1? Did YOU make resolutions? Why do we do this tradition year after year??

  About 4,000 years ago the Babylons celebrated the new year by promising to pay debts and return objects borrowed from others....but it was not January 1st.  It was in mid March when the crops were planted and during the spring equinox. However, by 46 B.C. Julius Ceasar changed it to what it is today; on January 1st, to reflect the new calendar that was in sync with the sun not the moon.  Also said the change to January 1 was in order to honor the Roman god of beginnings, "Janus". Janus symbolically looked backwards into the previous year and looked ahead to the new year.  Some countries still follow a lunar calendar and thus celebrate New Years on different days.

The custom of making resolutions goes back about 2,000 years ago where Christians made resolutions to be better to others morally, as well as forgive past mistakes and promising to do better in the future. Nowadays, we tend to make resolutions to better ourselves such as losing weight, stopping a bad habit, etc.   

So, as much as we love the holidays, January 1st is here and the time to make those darn resolutions that we all hope to keep. We all want to turn that "corner" and make promises to ourselves to become a better person in many ways.  

Sadly only about 8% of those who make resolutions keep them, however 40-45% of us keep on making them!

Why not make a resolution to just be a better person daily...do one nice thing for someone else every day...it costs you nothing!

May you and yours have a wonderful 2019 and best of luck with your New Year's resolutions!