Happy New Year

 http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/id?1588014Here's my wish to all our readers for a lovely, peaceful, healthy new year!

In looking around for images, it seems new year's cards were popular right after the beginning of the twentieth century. I can't find anything earlier. So I poked around a  bit more and discovered that the first celebration of January 1 as the new year (previously, most people used the winter solstice or March 1) was about 153 BC. January had only been around a few hundred years at that point, and the efficient Romans chose January 1 as the beginning of their civil year–a good time for a holiday, obviously! 

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So enjoy the new year as merrily as these gentleman, then curl up with a good book and stay warm.

      

20 thoughts on “Happy New Year”

  1. What lovely images. I’m thinking of embracing the cold by going out to get ice cream (not the store bought type but a scoop of delish from a well known parlor) and then coming home to a book and thermostat set at 72 instead of the usual 68.

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  2. What lovely images. I’m thinking of embracing the cold by going out to get ice cream (not the store bought type but a scoop of delish from a well known parlor) and then coming home to a book and thermostat set at 72 instead of the usual 68.

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  3. What lovely images. I’m thinking of embracing the cold by going out to get ice cream (not the store bought type but a scoop of delish from a well known parlor) and then coming home to a book and thermostat set at 72 instead of the usual 68.

    Reply
  4. What lovely images. I’m thinking of embracing the cold by going out to get ice cream (not the store bought type but a scoop of delish from a well known parlor) and then coming home to a book and thermostat set at 72 instead of the usual 68.

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  5. What lovely images. I’m thinking of embracing the cold by going out to get ice cream (not the store bought type but a scoop of delish from a well known parlor) and then coming home to a book and thermostat set at 72 instead of the usual 68.

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  6. If you have a space heater you could always set it next to where you are planning on eating the ice cream so it feel like you are at the beach -grin.

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  7. If you have a space heater you could always set it next to where you are planning on eating the ice cream so it feel like you are at the beach -grin.

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  8. If you have a space heater you could always set it next to where you are planning on eating the ice cream so it feel like you are at the beach -grin.

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  9. If you have a space heater you could always set it next to where you are planning on eating the ice cream so it feel like you are at the beach -grin.

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  10. If you have a space heater you could always set it next to where you are planning on eating the ice cream so it feel like you are at the beach -grin.

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