Traditions and the New Year

Wow, 2013! A new day, a new year!

Last night was spent with great friends, and much fun was had. We had a good celebration, and at midnight we threw 2012 out the door. Oh, let me explain this tradition.

Each year a friend of mine makes an effigy of the year that’s going out. I honestly can’t remember when we started this tradition, but I think we’ve been doing it for about 5 years now. For example, When we rang in 2008, we threw an effigy of 2007 out the front door. If the year was particularly bad for some people, they took great joy in running outside and stomping the effigy into tiny bits. Regardless, it’s the symbolism of leaving things behind that I enjoy and going on with “the new”.

This year, M did an amazing job with the effigy. He wanted to keep it. He said, “Rather than throw it out the door, why don’t we just place it by the door so everyone can look at it?”

Our Effigy of 2012
Our Effigy of 2012

Being the creative type, I can understand why he wanted to keep this beautiful work of art. However, we have meaning and symbolism behind this tradition. Throwing the effigy out the door is so much more than just a physical action.

I told him if he wanted to keep it he’d have to go outside and catch it. 😉

Midnight struck. We all had a toast of champagne. People kissed their sweethearts. Then the moment occurred. We all gathered ’round to see 2012 tossed out the door. No one really cared to stomp up and down on this one. Really, I don’t think 2012 was a particularly bad year for this crowd. Or, perhaps bringing a little beauty brightened their spirits if it had been a bad year. M dashed outside in the rain and caught the effigy as it was tossed (and I can’t throw for schluken after I’ve been drinking, so that was amazing!). He placed it safely on the porch, looking lonely and forlorn in the window:

Don't let the door hit ya' on the way out!
Don’t let the door hit ya’ on the way out!

And now, as I post, the smell of black eyed peas wafts from my kitchen. I need to start on the cornbread soon. My, how I love traditions. Happy New Year, everyone!

Good Friends and Celebrations

Tomorrow is my birthday; a day in which I will turn another year younger. Someone asked if I have an odd portrait hiding somewhere in my attic. I’ll never tell. 😉

This past weekend we had a party at my house, and really, I was a bit overwhelmed at the response. I invited some of my close friends and family. But people drove from out of town! And, y’know, just hanging out with everyone and having a blast was the best present, ever. I don’t think I’ve thrown a party like that in quite some time.

I realized just how good the party was the next morning, when I woke up and got a look at the kitchen. No pictures were taken – it was that much of a mess. I think we’ll call it Hurricane Duch.

Best takeaway of the party: Krystie made a yummy plate of chocolates. I need the recipe, because the salted ones were oh, so good.

Hehehe… 🙂

Good morning, everyone! I’m off to have coffee now. Have a great day!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Everyone!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day here in the U.S. We wear green, we celebrate. St. Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year when everyone is Irish. 😉

Tonight, I’m going to a party at a friend’s house. We’re upholding a longstanding annual tradition of watching The Boondock Saints. Some words of advice if you haven’t seen this movie yet:

  • Put the kids to bed first.
  • If you’re easily offended by foul language or violence, put yourself to bed next.
  • Do not try to make a drinking game out of the movie
    • If you try to drink every time they say the F*** word, you’ll never make it to the middle of the movie, much less the end. 😉
  • Do watch the deleted scenes and outtakes on the DVD after you’ve watched the movie. They’re well worth it.

May you all have fun tonight. Celebrate, but be responsible. If you find you’ve had just a tad too much, ask a friend if you can stay the night, or call a taxi. Faith and Begorrah, y’want to celebrate another day, now, don’t ya’? 😉