Happy New Year!

XmasChampagneChristina here. Today is New Year’s Eve and we should all be having a party – champagne, canapés, a huge gathering of friends and lots of fun, music, dancing and laughter. Obviously, that won’t be the case this time and I’m guessing low-key celebrations will be the order of the day instead. Personally, I don’t mind. I’ve never really liked all the hype around this one day – the older I get, the faster it seems to come around and I’d rather not think about how it signifies the rapid passing of time! I just want to spend the evening with my family, perhaps eating and drinking something special, and quietly welcoming the new year.

In Sweden, people say “Gott Slut” to each other until midnight, when this changes to “Gott Nytt År”. “Gott Slut” basically means “Happy Ending”, which has always sounded a bit morbid to me, but it is meant to be taken in a good way, wishing friends and family a happy evening and end of the old year before the new one arrives. I don’t know if any other countries have similar greetings? If you’ve heard of any, please let me know!

Champagne seems to be de rigueur for New Year’s Eve celebrations and everyone loves it … except me. I’m aware that I am a bit of an oddity for disliking this drink, but I have never understood the fascination. I find the taste too dry and the bubbles go straight to my knees (not joking!). The only way I can get it down me is to add something like orange juice or peach juice, and even then I’d prefer the juice on its own. But we’re all different and vive la difference I say! And there are plenty of great alternatives – cider, sparkling elderflower cordial, lemonade etc, so I don’t feel left out. The main thing is to have something to say cheers with, right?

Jap calendarSome people don’t celebrate yet, preferring to wait until the Chinese New Year, which this time will be on 1st February 2022. When I first learned about that, I was intrigued by their “zodiac” and thrilled to find that I was born in the Year of the Dog as I love dogs. I bought this lovely little book in Japan (they follow the same tradition) which lists all the various animals’ characteristics, and it’s just like our zodiac – I’m sure most people feel they fit some of them. And it’s easy to find your year on the internet by looking at sites like this one for example. The coming year will be the Year of the Tiger, which sounds auspicious – we will all need to be strong and bring out the tiger in us in order to cope with the pandemic yet again.

There is a lot of music associated with Christmas, but not so much for the New Year celebrations other than Auld Lang Syne. Every year I’m determined to learn the lyrics so I can sing along properly, but somehow I never get round to it. And perhaps it doesn’t matter, as holding hands with the person next to you and just humming along and joining in on the chorus gives that lovely feeling of camaraderie. We may not know what the new year will bring, but we’re all in it together so we’ll cope with the help of friends and family.

Happy New Year!!!(1)For me, the song Happy New Year by ABBA perfectly embodies the combination of nostalgia and hope for the future that I always feel on New Year’s Eve. Wherever you are and however you choose to celebrate, the Wenches and I wish you a very HAPPY, SAFE AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

What music do you associate with New Year? And do you like champagne or what is your New Year’s beverage of choice? Let us know how you are celebrating!

165 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. I go back to radio days, when we listened to Guy Lombardo’s band play “Auld Lang Syne” as the announcer described the countdown in Times Square. That lasted until TV and rock music took over the scene. It hasn’t been the same since. These days, I usually go to bed before midnight, an anomaly, as I’m a night owl. Guess it’s my form of protest as the world gets stranger and stranger. We do live in interesting times!

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  2. I go back to radio days, when we listened to Guy Lombardo’s band play “Auld Lang Syne” as the announcer described the countdown in Times Square. That lasted until TV and rock music took over the scene. It hasn’t been the same since. These days, I usually go to bed before midnight, an anomaly, as I’m a night owl. Guess it’s my form of protest as the world gets stranger and stranger. We do live in interesting times!

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  3. I go back to radio days, when we listened to Guy Lombardo’s band play “Auld Lang Syne” as the announcer described the countdown in Times Square. That lasted until TV and rock music took over the scene. It hasn’t been the same since. These days, I usually go to bed before midnight, an anomaly, as I’m a night owl. Guess it’s my form of protest as the world gets stranger and stranger. We do live in interesting times!

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  4. I go back to radio days, when we listened to Guy Lombardo’s band play “Auld Lang Syne” as the announcer described the countdown in Times Square. That lasted until TV and rock music took over the scene. It hasn’t been the same since. These days, I usually go to bed before midnight, an anomaly, as I’m a night owl. Guess it’s my form of protest as the world gets stranger and stranger. We do live in interesting times!

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  5. I go back to radio days, when we listened to Guy Lombardo’s band play “Auld Lang Syne” as the announcer described the countdown in Times Square. That lasted until TV and rock music took over the scene. It hasn’t been the same since. These days, I usually go to bed before midnight, an anomaly, as I’m a night owl. Guess it’s my form of protest as the world gets stranger and stranger. We do live in interesting times!

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  6. We certainly do Mary and I totally understand going to bed in protest! I like to watch the countdown to midnight – for me it’s usually the one from Big Ben in London. And I love the fireworks!

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  7. We certainly do Mary and I totally understand going to bed in protest! I like to watch the countdown to midnight – for me it’s usually the one from Big Ben in London. And I love the fireworks!

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  8. We certainly do Mary and I totally understand going to bed in protest! I like to watch the countdown to midnight – for me it’s usually the one from Big Ben in London. And I love the fireworks!

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  9. We certainly do Mary and I totally understand going to bed in protest! I like to watch the countdown to midnight – for me it’s usually the one from Big Ben in London. And I love the fireworks!

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  10. We certainly do Mary and I totally understand going to bed in protest! I like to watch the countdown to midnight – for me it’s usually the one from Big Ben in London. And I love the fireworks!

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  11. I didn’t know that ABBA song, Christina, so thank you very much! I do love Auld Lang Syne, and learned the words as a child because my grandmother always sang it the entire last week of December! My favorite “modern“ New Year’s song is “What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?” My husband sings it to me often during the week before – luckily he has a very good voice! It’s a very romantic song and has become “our song“ over the years. And I must admit that one of my favorite sounds in the world is the sound of a champagne cork – not popping loudly, which leads to a waste of lovely wine, but that soft pop when the bottle is opened by someone who really knows how to do it the right way! While this year‘s champagne will be shared only by the two of us, along with some smoked salmon on toast, I hereby offer a toast to you and all the Wenches for a happy, healthy, and well-written new year! Thank you all so much for all the pleasure you give the rest of us!

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  12. I didn’t know that ABBA song, Christina, so thank you very much! I do love Auld Lang Syne, and learned the words as a child because my grandmother always sang it the entire last week of December! My favorite “modern“ New Year’s song is “What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?” My husband sings it to me often during the week before – luckily he has a very good voice! It’s a very romantic song and has become “our song“ over the years. And I must admit that one of my favorite sounds in the world is the sound of a champagne cork – not popping loudly, which leads to a waste of lovely wine, but that soft pop when the bottle is opened by someone who really knows how to do it the right way! While this year‘s champagne will be shared only by the two of us, along with some smoked salmon on toast, I hereby offer a toast to you and all the Wenches for a happy, healthy, and well-written new year! Thank you all so much for all the pleasure you give the rest of us!

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  13. I didn’t know that ABBA song, Christina, so thank you very much! I do love Auld Lang Syne, and learned the words as a child because my grandmother always sang it the entire last week of December! My favorite “modern“ New Year’s song is “What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?” My husband sings it to me often during the week before – luckily he has a very good voice! It’s a very romantic song and has become “our song“ over the years. And I must admit that one of my favorite sounds in the world is the sound of a champagne cork – not popping loudly, which leads to a waste of lovely wine, but that soft pop when the bottle is opened by someone who really knows how to do it the right way! While this year‘s champagne will be shared only by the two of us, along with some smoked salmon on toast, I hereby offer a toast to you and all the Wenches for a happy, healthy, and well-written new year! Thank you all so much for all the pleasure you give the rest of us!

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  14. I didn’t know that ABBA song, Christina, so thank you very much! I do love Auld Lang Syne, and learned the words as a child because my grandmother always sang it the entire last week of December! My favorite “modern“ New Year’s song is “What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?” My husband sings it to me often during the week before – luckily he has a very good voice! It’s a very romantic song and has become “our song“ over the years. And I must admit that one of my favorite sounds in the world is the sound of a champagne cork – not popping loudly, which leads to a waste of lovely wine, but that soft pop when the bottle is opened by someone who really knows how to do it the right way! While this year‘s champagne will be shared only by the two of us, along with some smoked salmon on toast, I hereby offer a toast to you and all the Wenches for a happy, healthy, and well-written new year! Thank you all so much for all the pleasure you give the rest of us!

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  15. I didn’t know that ABBA song, Christina, so thank you very much! I do love Auld Lang Syne, and learned the words as a child because my grandmother always sang it the entire last week of December! My favorite “modern“ New Year’s song is “What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?” My husband sings it to me often during the week before – luckily he has a very good voice! It’s a very romantic song and has become “our song“ over the years. And I must admit that one of my favorite sounds in the world is the sound of a champagne cork – not popping loudly, which leads to a waste of lovely wine, but that soft pop when the bottle is opened by someone who really knows how to do it the right way! While this year‘s champagne will be shared only by the two of us, along with some smoked salmon on toast, I hereby offer a toast to you and all the Wenches for a happy, healthy, and well-written new year! Thank you all so much for all the pleasure you give the rest of us!

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  16. Christina, I’m not fond of champagne (or any other fizzy drinks, actually) but at least the bubbles don’t go to my knees. *G* We traditionally go to a nice restaurant, then come home and watch some entertaining disaster type movie (tonight Armageddon). Then we watch the ball drop and give thanks that we’re not in Times Square! That is no place for introverts!

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  17. Christina, I’m not fond of champagne (or any other fizzy drinks, actually) but at least the bubbles don’t go to my knees. *G* We traditionally go to a nice restaurant, then come home and watch some entertaining disaster type movie (tonight Armageddon). Then we watch the ball drop and give thanks that we’re not in Times Square! That is no place for introverts!

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  18. Christina, I’m not fond of champagne (or any other fizzy drinks, actually) but at least the bubbles don’t go to my knees. *G* We traditionally go to a nice restaurant, then come home and watch some entertaining disaster type movie (tonight Armageddon). Then we watch the ball drop and give thanks that we’re not in Times Square! That is no place for introverts!

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  19. Christina, I’m not fond of champagne (or any other fizzy drinks, actually) but at least the bubbles don’t go to my knees. *G* We traditionally go to a nice restaurant, then come home and watch some entertaining disaster type movie (tonight Armageddon). Then we watch the ball drop and give thanks that we’re not in Times Square! That is no place for introverts!

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  20. Christina, I’m not fond of champagne (or any other fizzy drinks, actually) but at least the bubbles don’t go to my knees. *G* We traditionally go to a nice restaurant, then come home and watch some entertaining disaster type movie (tonight Armageddon). Then we watch the ball drop and give thanks that we’re not in Times Square! That is no place for introverts!

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  21. Thank you so much Constance and thank you for your support throughout the year! That sounds like a lovely way to celebrate (and I love smoked salmon, yum!). And how wonderful to have your husband sing to you! Happy New Year!

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  22. Thank you so much Constance and thank you for your support throughout the year! That sounds like a lovely way to celebrate (and I love smoked salmon, yum!). And how wonderful to have your husband sing to you! Happy New Year!

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  23. Thank you so much Constance and thank you for your support throughout the year! That sounds like a lovely way to celebrate (and I love smoked salmon, yum!). And how wonderful to have your husband sing to you! Happy New Year!

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  24. Thank you so much Constance and thank you for your support throughout the year! That sounds like a lovely way to celebrate (and I love smoked salmon, yum!). And how wonderful to have your husband sing to you! Happy New Year!

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  25. Thank you so much Constance and thank you for your support throughout the year! That sounds like a lovely way to celebrate (and I love smoked salmon, yum!). And how wonderful to have your husband sing to you! Happy New Year!

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  26. I’m glad it’s not just me, Mary Jo (apart from the knee thing *G*)! Your celebrations sound lovely and I’m quite partial to watching a good movie. Times Square? No thanks, and I’ve never been in Trafalgar Square on New Year’s either – much too crowded!

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  27. I’m glad it’s not just me, Mary Jo (apart from the knee thing *G*)! Your celebrations sound lovely and I’m quite partial to watching a good movie. Times Square? No thanks, and I’ve never been in Trafalgar Square on New Year’s either – much too crowded!

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  28. I’m glad it’s not just me, Mary Jo (apart from the knee thing *G*)! Your celebrations sound lovely and I’m quite partial to watching a good movie. Times Square? No thanks, and I’ve never been in Trafalgar Square on New Year’s either – much too crowded!

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  29. I’m glad it’s not just me, Mary Jo (apart from the knee thing *G*)! Your celebrations sound lovely and I’m quite partial to watching a good movie. Times Square? No thanks, and I’ve never been in Trafalgar Square on New Year’s either – much too crowded!

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  30. I’m glad it’s not just me, Mary Jo (apart from the knee thing *G*)! Your celebrations sound lovely and I’m quite partial to watching a good movie. Times Square? No thanks, and I’ve never been in Trafalgar Square on New Year’s either – much too crowded!

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  31. Neither my husband nor I care for alcohol so we will toast each other (if we are awake) with unsweetened iced tea as we listen to “Auld Lang Syne”. As for music, I love listening to the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert on PBS. I love listening to the Strauss waltzes and ending the night with the Radetzky March. And, yes, I love ABBA, also.

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  32. Neither my husband nor I care for alcohol so we will toast each other (if we are awake) with unsweetened iced tea as we listen to “Auld Lang Syne”. As for music, I love listening to the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert on PBS. I love listening to the Strauss waltzes and ending the night with the Radetzky March. And, yes, I love ABBA, also.

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  33. Neither my husband nor I care for alcohol so we will toast each other (if we are awake) with unsweetened iced tea as we listen to “Auld Lang Syne”. As for music, I love listening to the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert on PBS. I love listening to the Strauss waltzes and ending the night with the Radetzky March. And, yes, I love ABBA, also.

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  34. Neither my husband nor I care for alcohol so we will toast each other (if we are awake) with unsweetened iced tea as we listen to “Auld Lang Syne”. As for music, I love listening to the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert on PBS. I love listening to the Strauss waltzes and ending the night with the Radetzky March. And, yes, I love ABBA, also.

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  35. Neither my husband nor I care for alcohol so we will toast each other (if we are awake) with unsweetened iced tea as we listen to “Auld Lang Syne”. As for music, I love listening to the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert on PBS. I love listening to the Strauss waltzes and ending the night with the Radetzky March. And, yes, I love ABBA, also.

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  36. You asked about sayings similar to Gott Slut, Christina. My husband and I lived and worked in Southern France many years ago, and an older “Provençal” gentleman used to scold anyone who said Happy New Year ahead of Jan 1. One had to say instead, Bon Fin d’année, or Happy End of the Year, in order to ward off bad luck. The admonition has never left me!
    And in terms of music, I just hear Barry Manalow’s It’s just Another New Year’s Eve. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSt2td5wwyA
    Happy End of 2021 to all, and may 2022 be more . . . restful.

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  37. You asked about sayings similar to Gott Slut, Christina. My husband and I lived and worked in Southern France many years ago, and an older “Provençal” gentleman used to scold anyone who said Happy New Year ahead of Jan 1. One had to say instead, Bon Fin d’année, or Happy End of the Year, in order to ward off bad luck. The admonition has never left me!
    And in terms of music, I just hear Barry Manalow’s It’s just Another New Year’s Eve. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSt2td5wwyA
    Happy End of 2021 to all, and may 2022 be more . . . restful.

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  38. You asked about sayings similar to Gott Slut, Christina. My husband and I lived and worked in Southern France many years ago, and an older “Provençal” gentleman used to scold anyone who said Happy New Year ahead of Jan 1. One had to say instead, Bon Fin d’année, or Happy End of the Year, in order to ward off bad luck. The admonition has never left me!
    And in terms of music, I just hear Barry Manalow’s It’s just Another New Year’s Eve. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSt2td5wwyA
    Happy End of 2021 to all, and may 2022 be more . . . restful.

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  39. You asked about sayings similar to Gott Slut, Christina. My husband and I lived and worked in Southern France many years ago, and an older “Provençal” gentleman used to scold anyone who said Happy New Year ahead of Jan 1. One had to say instead, Bon Fin d’année, or Happy End of the Year, in order to ward off bad luck. The admonition has never left me!
    And in terms of music, I just hear Barry Manalow’s It’s just Another New Year’s Eve. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSt2td5wwyA
    Happy End of 2021 to all, and may 2022 be more . . . restful.

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  40. You asked about sayings similar to Gott Slut, Christina. My husband and I lived and worked in Southern France many years ago, and an older “Provençal” gentleman used to scold anyone who said Happy New Year ahead of Jan 1. One had to say instead, Bon Fin d’année, or Happy End of the Year, in order to ward off bad luck. The admonition has never left me!
    And in terms of music, I just hear Barry Manalow’s It’s just Another New Year’s Eve. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSt2td5wwyA
    Happy End of 2021 to all, and may 2022 be more . . . restful.

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  41. Thanks for an enjoyable post, Christina.
    My husband and I generally play board games after dinner on New Year’s Eve. We got two new games for Christmas — Coup will have its debut tonight. We already played A Little Wordy, and I can attest that it’s a fun game.
    Happy new year all!

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  42. Thanks for an enjoyable post, Christina.
    My husband and I generally play board games after dinner on New Year’s Eve. We got two new games for Christmas — Coup will have its debut tonight. We already played A Little Wordy, and I can attest that it’s a fun game.
    Happy new year all!

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  43. Thanks for an enjoyable post, Christina.
    My husband and I generally play board games after dinner on New Year’s Eve. We got two new games for Christmas — Coup will have its debut tonight. We already played A Little Wordy, and I can attest that it’s a fun game.
    Happy new year all!

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  44. Thanks for an enjoyable post, Christina.
    My husband and I generally play board games after dinner on New Year’s Eve. We got two new games for Christmas — Coup will have its debut tonight. We already played A Little Wordy, and I can attest that it’s a fun game.
    Happy new year all!

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  45. Thanks for an enjoyable post, Christina.
    My husband and I generally play board games after dinner on New Year’s Eve. We got two new games for Christmas — Coup will have its debut tonight. We already played A Little Wordy, and I can attest that it’s a fun game.
    Happy new year all!

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  46. Oh yes, I always forget about the New Year’s Concert – it’s lovely, isn’t it! We usually watch it on TV where they show Viennese ballet dancers during some of the songs – beautiful! I used to have to play Strauss waltzes for my piano lessons so that really brings back memories.

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  47. Oh yes, I always forget about the New Year’s Concert – it’s lovely, isn’t it! We usually watch it on TV where they show Viennese ballet dancers during some of the songs – beautiful! I used to have to play Strauss waltzes for my piano lessons so that really brings back memories.

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  48. Oh yes, I always forget about the New Year’s Concert – it’s lovely, isn’t it! We usually watch it on TV where they show Viennese ballet dancers during some of the songs – beautiful! I used to have to play Strauss waltzes for my piano lessons so that really brings back memories.

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  49. Oh yes, I always forget about the New Year’s Concert – it’s lovely, isn’t it! We usually watch it on TV where they show Viennese ballet dancers during some of the songs – beautiful! I used to have to play Strauss waltzes for my piano lessons so that really brings back memories.

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  50. Oh yes, I always forget about the New Year’s Concert – it’s lovely, isn’t it! We usually watch it on TV where they show Viennese ballet dancers during some of the songs – beautiful! I used to have to play Strauss waltzes for my piano lessons so that really brings back memories.

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  51. I’d never heard that, Meg, so it’s good to know it’s not just the Swedes – thank you! Yes, that Barry Manilow song is great too, had forgotten about that one. Happy End of Year to you too!

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  52. I’d never heard that, Meg, so it’s good to know it’s not just the Swedes – thank you! Yes, that Barry Manilow song is great too, had forgotten about that one. Happy End of Year to you too!

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  53. I’d never heard that, Meg, so it’s good to know it’s not just the Swedes – thank you! Yes, that Barry Manilow song is great too, had forgotten about that one. Happy End of Year to you too!

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  54. I’d never heard that, Meg, so it’s good to know it’s not just the Swedes – thank you! Yes, that Barry Manilow song is great too, had forgotten about that one. Happy End of Year to you too!

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  55. I’d never heard that, Meg, so it’s good to know it’s not just the Swedes – thank you! Yes, that Barry Manilow song is great too, had forgotten about that one. Happy End of Year to you too!

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  56. That sounds like fun, Kareni! I haven’t played board games in ages, but some of my friends get together regularly to do that. I really must join them! Enjoy your evening and Happy New Year!

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  57. That sounds like fun, Kareni! I haven’t played board games in ages, but some of my friends get together regularly to do that. I really must join them! Enjoy your evening and Happy New Year!

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  58. That sounds like fun, Kareni! I haven’t played board games in ages, but some of my friends get together regularly to do that. I really must join them! Enjoy your evening and Happy New Year!

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  59. That sounds like fun, Kareni! I haven’t played board games in ages, but some of my friends get together regularly to do that. I really must join them! Enjoy your evening and Happy New Year!

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  60. That sounds like fun, Kareni! I haven’t played board games in ages, but some of my friends get together regularly to do that. I really must join them! Enjoy your evening and Happy New Year!

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  61. I have no plan to go out….here in Austin we are being told to stay home and most places to go to celebrate are closed. But I would not have gone anyway.
    My son is sending me Chinese food….and I was born in the year of the Earth Rabbit….not sure what that means, but not nearly as exciting or glamorous as a Tiger.
    The best song for New Years Eve – “What Are You Doing New Years Eve”….that is a wonderfully romantic song. Music for the New Year – “For All We Know” seems appropriate.
    I hope everyone is well and safe and happy and that 2022 will bring joy and serenity and a lot of laughs.

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  62. I have no plan to go out….here in Austin we are being told to stay home and most places to go to celebrate are closed. But I would not have gone anyway.
    My son is sending me Chinese food….and I was born in the year of the Earth Rabbit….not sure what that means, but not nearly as exciting or glamorous as a Tiger.
    The best song for New Years Eve – “What Are You Doing New Years Eve”….that is a wonderfully romantic song. Music for the New Year – “For All We Know” seems appropriate.
    I hope everyone is well and safe and happy and that 2022 will bring joy and serenity and a lot of laughs.

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  63. I have no plan to go out….here in Austin we are being told to stay home and most places to go to celebrate are closed. But I would not have gone anyway.
    My son is sending me Chinese food….and I was born in the year of the Earth Rabbit….not sure what that means, but not nearly as exciting or glamorous as a Tiger.
    The best song for New Years Eve – “What Are You Doing New Years Eve”….that is a wonderfully romantic song. Music for the New Year – “For All We Know” seems appropriate.
    I hope everyone is well and safe and happy and that 2022 will bring joy and serenity and a lot of laughs.

    Reply
  64. I have no plan to go out….here in Austin we are being told to stay home and most places to go to celebrate are closed. But I would not have gone anyway.
    My son is sending me Chinese food….and I was born in the year of the Earth Rabbit….not sure what that means, but not nearly as exciting or glamorous as a Tiger.
    The best song for New Years Eve – “What Are You Doing New Years Eve”….that is a wonderfully romantic song. Music for the New Year – “For All We Know” seems appropriate.
    I hope everyone is well and safe and happy and that 2022 will bring joy and serenity and a lot of laughs.

    Reply
  65. I have no plan to go out….here in Austin we are being told to stay home and most places to go to celebrate are closed. But I would not have gone anyway.
    My son is sending me Chinese food….and I was born in the year of the Earth Rabbit….not sure what that means, but not nearly as exciting or glamorous as a Tiger.
    The best song for New Years Eve – “What Are You Doing New Years Eve”….that is a wonderfully romantic song. Music for the New Year – “For All We Know” seems appropriate.
    I hope everyone is well and safe and happy and that 2022 will bring joy and serenity and a lot of laughs.

    Reply
  66. I’ve never liked champagne either Andrea. I find it very dry. I’ll see in the New Year with a glass of my favourite wine while listening to Jools Holland ring it in on the BBC.
    I’d like to wish all the Wenches a very Happy New Year. Hopefully things will improve in 2022.
    Thank you all for keeping us readers going during the Pandemic.

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  67. I’ve never liked champagne either Andrea. I find it very dry. I’ll see in the New Year with a glass of my favourite wine while listening to Jools Holland ring it in on the BBC.
    I’d like to wish all the Wenches a very Happy New Year. Hopefully things will improve in 2022.
    Thank you all for keeping us readers going during the Pandemic.

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  68. I’ve never liked champagne either Andrea. I find it very dry. I’ll see in the New Year with a glass of my favourite wine while listening to Jools Holland ring it in on the BBC.
    I’d like to wish all the Wenches a very Happy New Year. Hopefully things will improve in 2022.
    Thank you all for keeping us readers going during the Pandemic.

    Reply
  69. I’ve never liked champagne either Andrea. I find it very dry. I’ll see in the New Year with a glass of my favourite wine while listening to Jools Holland ring it in on the BBC.
    I’d like to wish all the Wenches a very Happy New Year. Hopefully things will improve in 2022.
    Thank you all for keeping us readers going during the Pandemic.

    Reply
  70. I’ve never liked champagne either Andrea. I find it very dry. I’ll see in the New Year with a glass of my favourite wine while listening to Jools Holland ring it in on the BBC.
    I’d like to wish all the Wenches a very Happy New Year. Hopefully things will improve in 2022.
    Thank you all for keeping us readers going during the Pandemic.

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  71. We love board games in our family especially our son. He usually adds to the collection and has done this year too. He’s a real techie so it’s great to see these old pastimes appeal to him. So that’s what we’ll most likely be doing tonight too.

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  72. We love board games in our family especially our son. He usually adds to the collection and has done this year too. He’s a real techie so it’s great to see these old pastimes appeal to him. So that’s what we’ll most likely be doing tonight too.

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  73. We love board games in our family especially our son. He usually adds to the collection and has done this year too. He’s a real techie so it’s great to see these old pastimes appeal to him. So that’s what we’ll most likely be doing tonight too.

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  74. We love board games in our family especially our son. He usually adds to the collection and has done this year too. He’s a real techie so it’s great to see these old pastimes appeal to him. So that’s what we’ll most likely be doing tonight too.

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  75. We love board games in our family especially our son. He usually adds to the collection and has done this year too. He’s a real techie so it’s great to see these old pastimes appeal to him. So that’s what we’ll most likely be doing tonight too.

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  76. Thank you and you Annette! I think all the animals of the Chinese zodiac have good traits so being a rabbit could be great – you’ll have to look it up! Happy New Year!

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  77. Thank you and you Annette! I think all the animals of the Chinese zodiac have good traits so being a rabbit could be great – you’ll have to look it up! Happy New Year!

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  78. Thank you and you Annette! I think all the animals of the Chinese zodiac have good traits so being a rabbit could be great – you’ll have to look it up! Happy New Year!

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  79. Thank you and you Annette! I think all the animals of the Chinese zodiac have good traits so being a rabbit could be great – you’ll have to look it up! Happy New Year!

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  80. Thank you and you Annette! I think all the animals of the Chinese zodiac have good traits so being a rabbit could be great – you’ll have to look it up! Happy New Year!

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  81. I received A Little Wordy for Christmas, too, Kareni, and am now a true fan! Just based on your comments in this blog, I bet you’re great at the game!

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  82. I received A Little Wordy for Christmas, too, Kareni, and am now a true fan! Just based on your comments in this blog, I bet you’re great at the game!

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  83. I received A Little Wordy for Christmas, too, Kareni, and am now a true fan! Just based on your comments in this blog, I bet you’re great at the game!

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  84. I received A Little Wordy for Christmas, too, Kareni, and am now a true fan! Just based on your comments in this blog, I bet you’re great at the game!

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  85. I received A Little Wordy for Christmas, too, Kareni, and am now a true fan! Just based on your comments in this blog, I bet you’re great at the game!

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  86. For many years it was Dick Clark in Times Square on the television, now we are usually asleep before the ball drop. Tonight will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and home made pizza for our afternoon meal. The fireworks have started and will be intermittent throughout the evening, fortunately they do not bother Fiona, the dog, very much. Thank you for all of the interesting posts throughout the year, I learn so much from you all and often head down rabbit holes for further research. A happy, healthy New Year everyone! Looking forward to 2022.

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  87. For many years it was Dick Clark in Times Square on the television, now we are usually asleep before the ball drop. Tonight will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and home made pizza for our afternoon meal. The fireworks have started and will be intermittent throughout the evening, fortunately they do not bother Fiona, the dog, very much. Thank you for all of the interesting posts throughout the year, I learn so much from you all and often head down rabbit holes for further research. A happy, healthy New Year everyone! Looking forward to 2022.

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  88. For many years it was Dick Clark in Times Square on the television, now we are usually asleep before the ball drop. Tonight will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and home made pizza for our afternoon meal. The fireworks have started and will be intermittent throughout the evening, fortunately they do not bother Fiona, the dog, very much. Thank you for all of the interesting posts throughout the year, I learn so much from you all and often head down rabbit holes for further research. A happy, healthy New Year everyone! Looking forward to 2022.

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  89. For many years it was Dick Clark in Times Square on the television, now we are usually asleep before the ball drop. Tonight will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and home made pizza for our afternoon meal. The fireworks have started and will be intermittent throughout the evening, fortunately they do not bother Fiona, the dog, very much. Thank you for all of the interesting posts throughout the year, I learn so much from you all and often head down rabbit holes for further research. A happy, healthy New Year everyone! Looking forward to 2022.

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  90. For many years it was Dick Clark in Times Square on the television, now we are usually asleep before the ball drop. Tonight will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and home made pizza for our afternoon meal. The fireworks have started and will be intermittent throughout the evening, fortunately they do not bother Fiona, the dog, very much. Thank you for all of the interesting posts throughout the year, I learn so much from you all and often head down rabbit holes for further research. A happy, healthy New Year everyone! Looking forward to 2022.

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  91. Thank you Denise! That sounds delicious and a great way to celebrate. And yes let’s not forget all the poor pets who hate fireworks – hope they’re all ok! Happy new year!

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  92. Thank you Denise! That sounds delicious and a great way to celebrate. And yes let’s not forget all the poor pets who hate fireworks – hope they’re all ok! Happy new year!

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  93. Thank you Denise! That sounds delicious and a great way to celebrate. And yes let’s not forget all the poor pets who hate fireworks – hope they’re all ok! Happy new year!

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  94. Thank you Denise! That sounds delicious and a great way to celebrate. And yes let’s not forget all the poor pets who hate fireworks – hope they’re all ok! Happy new year!

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  95. Thank you Denise! That sounds delicious and a great way to celebrate. And yes let’s not forget all the poor pets who hate fireworks – hope they’re all ok! Happy new year!

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  96. Happy New Year to everyone! I like champagne, only if it has a little sweetness to it, so not the Extra Brut.
    I will make black-eyed peas and greens tomorrow, which is supposed to bring good luck in the New Year, especially in financial matters!
    And I do love the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna.

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  97. Happy New Year to everyone! I like champagne, only if it has a little sweetness to it, so not the Extra Brut.
    I will make black-eyed peas and greens tomorrow, which is supposed to bring good luck in the New Year, especially in financial matters!
    And I do love the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna.

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  98. Happy New Year to everyone! I like champagne, only if it has a little sweetness to it, so not the Extra Brut.
    I will make black-eyed peas and greens tomorrow, which is supposed to bring good luck in the New Year, especially in financial matters!
    And I do love the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna.

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  99. Happy New Year to everyone! I like champagne, only if it has a little sweetness to it, so not the Extra Brut.
    I will make black-eyed peas and greens tomorrow, which is supposed to bring good luck in the New Year, especially in financial matters!
    And I do love the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna.

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  100. Happy New Year to everyone! I like champagne, only if it has a little sweetness to it, so not the Extra Brut.
    I will make black-eyed peas and greens tomorrow, which is supposed to bring good luck in the New Year, especially in financial matters!
    And I do love the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna.

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  101. That sounds very intriguing – I’ve never heard of that! You’ll have to tell us exactly what you do with them please. Happy new year!

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  102. That sounds very intriguing – I’ve never heard of that! You’ll have to tell us exactly what you do with them please. Happy new year!

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  103. That sounds very intriguing – I’ve never heard of that! You’ll have to tell us exactly what you do with them please. Happy new year!

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  104. That sounds very intriguing – I’ve never heard of that! You’ll have to tell us exactly what you do with them please. Happy new year!

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  105. That sounds very intriguing – I’ve never heard of that! You’ll have to tell us exactly what you do with them please. Happy new year!

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  106. Annette, besides the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac cycle, there’s a secondary cycle of four elements that further define one’s destiny. So the Chinese cycle is really 48 years, not just 12. You are an earth rabbit, I am a metal dragon.(and it’s a pretty good match for my personality, I must say).
    What I haven’t figured out is how they handle birthdates, since a Chinese newborn is considered a one year old. Interesting stuff, and there’s probably a book in there for some curious author.

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  107. Annette, besides the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac cycle, there’s a secondary cycle of four elements that further define one’s destiny. So the Chinese cycle is really 48 years, not just 12. You are an earth rabbit, I am a metal dragon.(and it’s a pretty good match for my personality, I must say).
    What I haven’t figured out is how they handle birthdates, since a Chinese newborn is considered a one year old. Interesting stuff, and there’s probably a book in there for some curious author.

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  108. Annette, besides the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac cycle, there’s a secondary cycle of four elements that further define one’s destiny. So the Chinese cycle is really 48 years, not just 12. You are an earth rabbit, I am a metal dragon.(and it’s a pretty good match for my personality, I must say).
    What I haven’t figured out is how they handle birthdates, since a Chinese newborn is considered a one year old. Interesting stuff, and there’s probably a book in there for some curious author.

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  109. Annette, besides the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac cycle, there’s a secondary cycle of four elements that further define one’s destiny. So the Chinese cycle is really 48 years, not just 12. You are an earth rabbit, I am a metal dragon.(and it’s a pretty good match for my personality, I must say).
    What I haven’t figured out is how they handle birthdates, since a Chinese newborn is considered a one year old. Interesting stuff, and there’s probably a book in there for some curious author.

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  110. Annette, besides the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac cycle, there’s a secondary cycle of four elements that further define one’s destiny. So the Chinese cycle is really 48 years, not just 12. You are an earth rabbit, I am a metal dragon.(and it’s a pretty good match for my personality, I must say).
    What I haven’t figured out is how they handle birthdates, since a Chinese newborn is considered a one year old. Interesting stuff, and there’s probably a book in there for some curious author.

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  111. I never much liked being out on New Year’s Eve – my rock concert days (though much missed) are in the past. So tonight I’m watching the Thin Man marathon on TCM, with a diet Sprite. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022, with lots of new books to read and friends to share them with.

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  112. I never much liked being out on New Year’s Eve – my rock concert days (though much missed) are in the past. So tonight I’m watching the Thin Man marathon on TCM, with a diet Sprite. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022, with lots of new books to read and friends to share them with.

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  113. I never much liked being out on New Year’s Eve – my rock concert days (though much missed) are in the past. So tonight I’m watching the Thin Man marathon on TCM, with a diet Sprite. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022, with lots of new books to read and friends to share them with.

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  114. I never much liked being out on New Year’s Eve – my rock concert days (though much missed) are in the past. So tonight I’m watching the Thin Man marathon on TCM, with a diet Sprite. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022, with lots of new books to read and friends to share them with.

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  115. I never much liked being out on New Year’s Eve – my rock concert days (though much missed) are in the past. So tonight I’m watching the Thin Man marathon on TCM, with a diet Sprite. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022, with lots of new books to read and friends to share them with.

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  116. I knew about the elements, Mary, but hadn’t heard about the birth dates – definitely intriguing! Thanks for mentioning it, I love things like that.

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  117. I knew about the elements, Mary, but hadn’t heard about the birth dates – definitely intriguing! Thanks for mentioning it, I love things like that.

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  118. I knew about the elements, Mary, but hadn’t heard about the birth dates – definitely intriguing! Thanks for mentioning it, I love things like that.

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  119. I knew about the elements, Mary, but hadn’t heard about the birth dates – definitely intriguing! Thanks for mentioning it, I love things like that.

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  120. I knew about the elements, Mary, but hadn’t heard about the birth dates – definitely intriguing! Thanks for mentioning it, I love things like that.

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