How to have a lovely New Year's Eve at home

Photo by Holly

Photo by Holly

I have to admit I am not that fond of New Year’s Eve. It’s one of those times when you feel you should be doing something and if you aren’t, you are missing out. Plenty of scope for FOMO which is not a great way to roll into a new year. 

My most memorable New Year’s Eve to date was 2014. My son Patrick’s appendix exploded while he was on holiday in Italy with his Dad and Holly after Christmas. Thanks to Holly’s quick thinking and our lovely Italian friends he was rushed to hospital in an ambulance, pursued by Holly in a hire car (her first time driving in Italy). He then had an operation. It was a scary time. 

I flew out on New Year’s Eve and we sat on his bed watching Tintin. Visiting hours didn’t extend to midnight so Patrick watched fireworks from his hospital room while I had a better view on a hillside. That was quite enough New Year’s Eve excitement for me. 

Despite all this I believe New Year’s Eve can be a magical time. If you are looking for a different way to celebrate the end of one year or you are perhaps going to spending it alone, here’s my suggestion for how you can  ring in 2019. 

✨New Year’s Eve ✨ 

One of my favourite books of all time is Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Romancing the Ordinary. This is my take on one of her exercises for celebrating New Year’s Eve. 

You will need:

  • 12 candles, tea lights or a mixture of candles, they don’t all have to be the same. 

  • A journal or somewhere to record your thoughts

You want this to be a treat for all your senses so spend some time preparing. Find your favourite comfy outfit and some great music. Wear your favourite perfume or light a scented candle (or both) and have your favourite food and drink on hand. You could have a glass of something sparkling or maybe a pot of tea!

The 12 candles represent the 12 months of 2018. When you are ready, light a candle and start with December. It’s easier to work backwards through the year. What were the gifts of December? What were the challenges? Take a moment to make notes in your journal. 

When you finish December move on to November and all the way through the year. Take breaks whenever you want to. Enjoy the music and your treats.

To finish take a moment to celebrate you. The year you have completed is as unique as you. No oneelse will have had a year like you. Whatever mistakes you feel you have made or goals you haven’t achieved, your presence has graced the Earth. You are wonderful, you are enough. 

By the way, there’s no rule that you have to stay up to midnight if you don’t want to!Tomorrow is a whole new year. 

“Nature never repeats herself and the possibilities of one human soul with never be repeated in another.” - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

However you spend your New Year’s Eve, we hope you have a lovely time and that you join us in starting a very exciting 2019. 

With love ❤️

Holly and Tracy
 
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