Friday, January 7, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: New Year's Memories

Amy Coffin over at We Tree is at it again. Last year, she had 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy, with lots of ways we can improve the quality of our research. This year, in her wisdom, she is providing ways for us to get our own stories. down.   How much-needed that is, especially for me, since I'm neck-deep in the genealogy and history of the people who lived in St. Augustine, Florida, over 200 years ago!

Here is today's assignment:  Week 1: Did your family have any New Year’s traditions? How was the New Year celebrated during your childhood? Have you kept these traditions in the present day?!

My family did not have many real New Year's traditions.  One thing we enjoyed as kids was sparklers.  My mother did not really allow any other fireworks.  There were always stories she told and retold about kids getting a hand blown off or an eye put out.  But we did have fun with the sparklers.

Today my husband and I do not really have much in the way of traditions, either, except for one:  We stay home!  We stay snug in our house, out of the way of the drunks on the highways!  We might open a bottle of bubbly (usually San Sebastian Blanc de Fleur).  We do less and less at New Year's Eve, though, as the years go by.  New years don't impress us much anymore.  We've seen so doggone many of them!


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