“Ring out the old, ring in the new; Ring happy bells, across the snow. The year is going, let him go. Ring out the false, ring in the new!” Lord Alfred Tennyson
John Eldredge again. Same book as yesterday. Page 162
“Today is New Year’s Day.
“…But taken as most people celebrate New Year’s Eve, it has always struck me as a pretty hollow attempt to to generate a moment of transcendence, a grasp by people who need to feel that something special is taking place because their past year wasn’t really all that eventful and maybe, just maybe the coming yeear will be. Hope springs eternal.
“Don’t get me wrong – I think milestones are important and I wish we postmodern Christians had a much richer tradition of holy days, feast days, days of rememberance, and such…
“There seems to me to be much better milestones for hoopla and merrymaking. How about the end of a school year and the beginning of summer vacation? Now that’s worth a party. Birthdays are worth celebrating. Anniversaries are, too. After all, a year of marriage is a feat. The fact that you haven’t killed each other is a cause for celebration. Back to New Year’s – …
“I do find it worthwhile to stop and ask myself, What do I want this year to be like? What do I want to change? – that sort of thing. All that can be very healthy. Staying up until midnight wearing paper hats and drinking too much has long lost its appeal.”