December 29, 2009

Sharing Memories: New Year's (Week 5)

Last week we wrote about Christmas Memories in our Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Journal. I hope everyone will join me this week to talk about memories of New's Years.

Did your family (or you) make resolutions? Did you have wild New Year's Eve parties? Did you watch Dick Clark every New Year's Eve? What memories do you have of that night, or do you recall your parents' telling you about?

I don't have memories of anything special as a child or a teenager, so I'm going to talk about the traditions started as an adult with a family of my own. For the past 25 or more years, my second oldest brother and his family have joined us to celebrate the New Year.

We watch a bad movie (that's part of the tradition, it must be a stinker), get take-out Chinese Food, and reminisce about previous years. Our children were part of this tradition but gradually they began doing their own thing. Now our children are grown with children of their own, but my brother and I still carry on our silly little New Year's Eve tradition.

Join me in writing about your New Year's Eve memories or traditions in this week's Genealogy Memories Journal!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lorine, for most of us New Years bring renewed hope for a better year to come. In 2009, that especially holds true. It has been a rough year for a lot of us, in many ways. Here in the U.S. we have a new President, struggling to bring the U.S. economy back from the brink of disaster. Some of us lost loved ones this year, or had personal health struggles of our own. We made it through another year of Christmas holidays and festivities, which always seems to bring families and friends together.

My memories of New Years Eve always involve Dick Clark and Times Square, as far back as I can remember. Whatever we are doing or wherever we are; whether at home, at a party, at a restaurant, or on a cruise ship; we always seem to somehow manage to watch the Times Square ball drop on New Year's Eve in New York, via live broadcast on TV. When I was a teen, it was Dick Clark doing his master of ceremonies on Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve. These past few years it has been Anderson Cooper and a variety of guest hosts, but it is still a lot of fun to watch. Someday, I would love to be there live in Times Square just once to watch that ball drop! It is on the Bucket List. I love New York City, but have not visited there in years.

On New Years Day, it is a tradition in my southern-roots Harrison family to always eat some black eyed peas, for good luck in the coming year. You can bet that black-eyed peas will be on our table on New Years Day 2010!

Thanks for jogging some memories. Your Facebook genealogy friend, Bev Harrison Huffman-Harms.