January 1 brings to mind the topic of New Year’s resolutions. What changes do most of us resolve to make and how long do we keep our resolutions are good places to begin. I think it is always fascinating to learn about other traditions surrounding the new year. What kind of food do people eat, are there certain clothes that are worn, what do they do to celebrate, and when do they celebrate the beginning of the new year?
These questions combined with statistics and a painting are in the new Lifestyle Discussion titled, “New Year’s Resolutions.” Oh yes, if you think it is too late in January to begin a discussion like this, remember that by June, only forty six percent are still keeping their resolutions.
I wish you all a happy and successful new year. May your lives be enriched in the love of God and in friendships from around the world.
Keisai Eisen, Japanese, 1790-1848. Planting the New Year’s Pine. Print, 20.8 cm x17.6 cm. Harvard Art Museums.