Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The start of a new year!

New Year has always been a big deal in our family and we have never let a new year go by without a big, hearty welcome and a toast at midnight to sing out the old and welcome in the new.   I remember when we were little kids that my Dad would actually come in and wake us all up to welcome in the New Year with Mum and him.   Actually, I did miss one year when I went to bed early on pain medication due to bad wisdom tooth pain. I tend to get a little emotional as the stroke of midnight hits every New Year's Eve, knowing another year has been and gone, as I look to the new year with a sense of wonder at what it will bring.  Of course, we MUST bring in the New Year to Auld Lang Syne.  It never fails to bring a tear to my eye.  Here is quite a nice version I found on YouTube performed by Dougie MacLean. 



Here is the direct link to YouTube just in case it doesn't play in the post.


I hope that 2013 will bring about a more loving, kinder, and cleaner world for humankind and all the beautiful animals we share this planet with. Our future generations are counting on it.


 image is courtesy of this Facebook page


  Happy New Year to all!!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wishing you a very happy, loving, compasionate healthy and prosperous New Year Serena! May all your dreams move ever closer to fruition. I have similar memories of New Years as a child...with a Scottish family, Hogmonay is a very big deal. Out came the pots and pans and we all banged away on them outside.
Sending love and hugs across the world to you and your family!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

That is a lovely version of the song. I wish you and happy, healthy, peaceful new year filled with wonderful possibility and opportunity. Blessings to all, Tammy

Everydaythings said...

wishing you a wonderful year 2013 Serena! all the best to you and your family!

Everydaythings said...

thanks for joining,I had to start a new blog felt like the old one had worn out its use, and was feeling stale. I miss it, but just need a new start too! looking forward to both our adventures in this new year!

Unknown said...

what a beautiful version of Auld Lang Syne. Happy New Year, Serena. xoxo. Wishing you a blessed 2013.

Serena Lewis said...

Thanks so much, Kate! xo Yes, our Scottish background would definitely play a role in the importance we place on the New Year tradition. We also do/did the 'first-footing' where, some time after midnight, a dark-haired, non-family member would knock at the front door bringing with them a bottle of wine/spirit. They would be the first to cross the threshold after midnight. My Mum and Dad would greet them and the three of them would share in a blessing and a toast for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year to all who lived within the home. Tradition also says that a piece of coal thrown across the threshold after midnight will bring good tidings for those who live there. :)

Serena Lewis said...

It is and I'm so glad I stumbled across it on YouTube. Wishing you a wonderful 2013, Tammy! xx

Serena Lewis said...

Same to you, Krissie! xx

Serena Lewis said...

Here's to wonderful blog adventures this year! :)

Serena Lewis said...

I think so too, Jenny. :) All the very best for 2013! xo

Jennifer Rose said...

happy new year! :D (i didn't do anything but try to keep sky calm from all the fireworks :/)

Jodi Wiley said...

Happy New Year, Serena! Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful drawings in 2013!

Tracy said...

Wishing you much CREATIVITY, LOVE, PEACE & JOY in 2013, Serena! :o) ((HUGS))

GlorV1 said...

Happy New Year Serena. Hope you have a better year without pain. Enjoy.

Sheila said...

Happy New Year Serena. May it bring good health and happiness to you and your family!

Jane said...

Happy New Year Serena! Looking forward to a new year of blogging.

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Serena,
Since I can remember, I have always waited for the clock to strike 12, to receive the New Year! It is a family tradition that keeps on . :)
May 2013 be full of many blessings for you and your family. May it be full of happiness and health for you!

Hugs

Shashi Nayagam said...

Hope your New Year started off just as you had wished

Serena Lewis said...

Thanks, everyone! I am currently on a bit of a blog/internet break but will be back soon. xx