Last year saw 52 weeks of topics for readers (and me!) to start a genealogy journal. I called this series Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey
Over the years I've learned that keeping a journal is not always easy. Yet it's important for future generations. If we want to preserve the past, our own memories will one day be as valuable as those of our great-grandmothers. Our descendants will be thrilled to find a journal chronicling our lives and the lives of our parents and grand-parents.
So with this in mind, this year finds me engaged on a new set of topics to help focus my personal genealogy journal writing. I hope you will join me - either by posting here on this blog,on your own blog, or keeping a private journal. But please do keep one! Your great-great-great grandchildren will thank you for it.
The topic for this week is New Year's Celebrations
* How did your family celebrate New Year's?
* What is the first New Year's you remember?
* How do you celebrate New Year's with your family?
My parents went out to parties on New Year's Eve so it wasn't until I was a married woman that my own traditions began.
For the past 30 or more years, my one brother and I have celebrated together. He and his wife (and children when younger) came to my home on Dec. 31st. We either went out to the movies - a bad movie only, that's the tradition - or we rented one.
Chinese Food was always ordered in and after a night of movie watching and gorging on Chinese take-out, we would watch the ball drop on Times Square in New York. The obligatory of bubbly was always cracked open at midnight, a glass drunk and then to bed!
This year he is in Florida with his fiance so our annual tradition was a no-go. But it's been fun and perhaps it's time to start a new tradition! Sadly I rarely make it to midnight anymore, I always end up going to bed before the clock strikes 12.
What about you - what traditions do you follow?