January 1 - New Year's Day

http://www.livinglifefully.com/meditations2/med2jan1.htm
http://chickeemama.blogspot.com/2013/12/new-years-traditions.html
http://chickeemama.blogspot.com/2013/12/new-years-gifts.html

Take out, then take in
Bad luck will begin
Take in, then take out
Good luck comes about

Today is a day of relaxing, reminiscing, being with loved ones and doing the things you most enjoy. Today is a prelude to your New YEAR! Do TODAY what you would like most to do the next 365 days!

Julius Caesar decided in 46 BC that New Year's Day would be celebrated on January 1st. Today marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. There is nothing special about January 1st. The New Year was traditionally celebrated closer to Spring - when new life began to grow and people were happy to have survived the winters.  The first day of the year  typically was associated to an agricultural or an astronomical event. Ancient Greeks started their year on the first day of winter - December 22.  At one time, Christian countries made Christmas the first day of the year.  Another time, a French king made Easter the New Year. Many cultures still celebrate the beginning of the year on different dates, but the United States celebrates our modern New Year's Day on January 1st (& December 31st - New Years Eve) with parties, fireworks and special events - to end and begin the old and new years on a good note.