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Saturday, January 01, 2005

January 1st 2005 everybody!

You can not help but have a few philosophical discussions at the end of every year. Last night my mom, dad and I were talking.
Dad: I sure like the New Year, it is like a clean slate you can start with. It sure is the end of something and the beginning of something else.
Monika: I agree. It is like you are given a whole new chance to make it better in the New Year. You leave the old one behind, all those little worries and you wait. Maybe the New Year will be better, maybe not. Maybe it will be just the same. But you sure can make a difference.
Dad: Exactly. It is like you play Bridge. You have been dealt a crappy hand, but once the round is over, well, you get a new hand and can play again.
Mom: For me it is neither beginning nor end. But I sure like those fireworks. (after a little thought) That is why the trees do not have leaves in the winter. God wanted us to see the fireworks properly. (smiling)

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At 16:10, Blogger Lisa Skvísa said...

Now I like that idea... the leaves falling from the trees to give a better view of the fireworks! You never know! ;-)

At 22:05, Blogger Biene said...

Mommy says:
Yes, it is all well planned.
And thinking about that, don´t forget the parking space angels! The main point is to thank them everytime. Maybe the main point in life is to be thankfull for what you get (or - don´t get). ?

At 16:57, Blogger Jen said...

Some know, but some don't, that the U.S. has a holiday specifically for giving thanks, called "Thanksgiving" (OK not that creative, but easy to remember). It began as a celebration of the plentiful fall harvest, and as a day devoted to family. The effort of getting it made into an official national holiday was led by a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale. It is a tradition to have a big family dinner with Turkey, stuffing, dumplings, candied yams, sweet potato dishes, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, all kinds of yummies. With everyone at the table, each person takes a turn saying what they have been thankful for in the past year. Then we eat-eat-eat until we are stuffed, and take a big nap.

For New Years we mostly go out, get drunk, and shoot fireworks :-O

At 23:49, Blogger Minka said...

Yeah, I know about "Thanksgiving". It feature sin many of those Hollywood films :) I was always wondering if there is a particular reason why you eat a Turkey? Does it stand for something. And I also heard that Thanksgiving had something to do with the Pilgrims as well...there must be a webpage about that somewhere!!!

At 03:40, Blogger Jen said...

The funny thing is, the first Thanksgivings probably didn't have much turkey involved. It is usually said to have begun with the first permanent settlements in the New England states (there were several settlement attempts here which failed, but that's another story I guess), which is why it is associated with Pilgrims. However, there are claims that the native American tribes had celebrated fall harvests just like their European counterparts; I think it is hard to say where or when it began. Some say 1578, some say 1621 (both of these dates are celebrations by colonial settlers). Being in the New England area, the menu back then tended to have such things as fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison, and plums. Some references say that pilgrims used the word turkey to mean any type of wild fowl, so perhaps any wild fowl served at that time of year was called turkey, then eventually that word was applied to only one particular bird. On a related note, Ben Franklin was not happy that the bald eagle was used as the national mascot; he thought the turkey was a much better choice, due to its more courageous character.


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