Preparing for… New Year’s Eve

Picture from weheartit.com
Picture from weheartit.com

Fast away the old year passes,
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses!
Sing we joyous, all together,

Heedless of the wind and weather!

I left the falalalala thing out as it looks rather ridiculous when written.

The 31st of December is New Year’s Eve!

Or Silvester, as we call it in Germany. Or Hogmanay in Scotland.
The last remaining hours of the year passed always had something enchanted in my eyes. Just imagine – one single day to hold a whole year full of adventures, emotions and events!

Here are some of my New Year’s Eve traditions:

  • When I was younger, my mother and I used to light a bonfire on the hill behind our castle to burn the conifer boughs and the advent wreath from our Christmas decorations and little sheets of paper with those things that we liked and didn’t like in the passed-by year written on them.
  • If you don’t like firecrackers, you may like the idea of using sparklers instead. They are quite save in use and look great!
  • Speaking of firecrackers: I’m not really fond of the large, loud ones without any visual effects than smoulder. The tiny ones that fizz into the air to act like little fairies are way more interesting to watch, just like the small volcanos or spirals. That these are way more save that the large ones is something that I won’t even need to mention, I guess.
  • Our traditional New Year’s Eve dinner is raclette, normally with white mushrooms, ham, salami, pepperoni and other cold meat and potatoes, combined with bell pepper, cucumber and other vegetables when out of the oven.
  • Dinner for One is the usual sketch for New Year’s Eve in Germany. It’s often aired a couple of times before midnight so that everyone can watch it, even the children that should be in bed early (as if…). They are often showing older films from the 30s to 60s during the day, something that I highly appreciate as I love the way they are speaking!

But no matter how you celebrate this last day of the year 2009,

I wish all of you a Happy New Year 2010!

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